The main factors influencing our project work are digitalization, globalization, demographic change and growing social disparities.
In keeping with its articles of incorporation, the Bertelsmann Stiftung carries out all of its own project work and does not provide grants to third-party individuals or organizations.
Our projects respond to societal challenges and make a sustainable contribution to society’s wellbeing.
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The Reinhard Mohn Prize recognizes innovative responses to pressing social and political challenges. The 2013 prize was awarded to Kofi Annan.
Our annual report documents the varied nature of our project work, providing readers with a concise overview of our beliefs, working methods and outcomes.
The recent euro crisis and the dramatic increase of unemployment in some euro countries have triggered a renewed interest in a fiscal capacity ... read more
Managing the peaceful transition of authoritarian states to democracy and a market-economic system represents a tremendous challenge. read more
Although the principles of democracy are in abstract stable concepts, every generation must consider anew how best to apply them in society. ... read more
The financial crash and lengthy economic recession have tested the institutions of the European Union as never before. Debate about the future ... read more
The emergent powers of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) are drawing attention as they change the political and economic ... read more
Since the first Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, many states have been looking for a new concept of economic and social progress. ... read more
Europeans can be proud as they look back on ﬁfty years of peaceful integration. Nowadays many people worldwide see the European Union as a ... read more
The rise of new economic powers in Asia and Latin America has changed the size and the direction of cross-border investment flows. Emerging economies ... read more
Democracy lives and thrives on the participation of its citizens. But what is more to the point, without the participation of its citizenry, ... read more
How can politics, economy and society become more sustainable and socially just? To this end, what kind of political course has to be set at ... read more
The sector-specific approach to Corporate Responsibility (CR) has attracted little attention so far, although the industrial sector is a key ... read more
What reforms must governments initiate in order to ensure the sustainability of their societies? What examples of success can we identify by ... read more
The financial crash and lengthy economic recession have tested the institutions of the European Union as never before. read more
Russia's Intervention in Russia has profound consequences for Ukraine, Russia, and the EU alike read more
The Lisbon treaty calls on the EU to “develop a special relationship with neighbouring countries,
aiming to establish an area of prosperity ... read more
Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good read more
On the surface, it would seem that Brazil and Germany present many opportunities for fruitful bilateral trade and investment. In terms of comparative ... read more