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Our Mission

Reinhard Mohn in the age of 85 years.
Photo: Thomas Kunsch, Bielefeld

"Surely every responsible citizen in a democracy is concerned when the social order fails to live up to its promise. It was precisely this concern that prompted my desire to help make a difference."
(Reinhard Mohn)

The Bertelsmann Stiftung Mission Statement presents our core beliefs. It also serves as a guideline for our employees, stating the goals of our work and the manner in which we strive to achieve them. In addition, it provides a framework for how we collaborate with each other.

The Bertelsmann Stiftung was founded by Reinhard Mohn in 1977 based on the belief that financial wellbeing entails social responsibility. In establishing the foundation, Mohn was acting on his conviction that material wealth brings with it an obligation to help others.

Our Mission

"Inspiring people. Shaping the future. Participating in a globalized world." This motto summarizes the work carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Effective participation in society requires both the ability to act and the opportunity to do so. The Bertelsmann Stiftung's programs are designed to strengthen society by helping individuals realize their full potential, and to further develop the systems necessary to achieve this goal.

Germany is facing enormous challenges resulting from globalization, demographic change, cultural diversity and the country's transition to a modern, knowledge-based society.  Through our programs, we seek to provide people with the knowledge and skills they need to participate – economically, politically and culturally – in our increasingly complex and interconnected world. In short, our work focuses on the individual.

Inspiring people. Shaping the future.

More about the Bertelsmann Stiftung, our values, our goals and our work you can find in the download on the right side.


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