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 2015 prize will be awarded to Rita Süssmuth.
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 new flyer English Publications for 2015/2016 has been published now. Inside the small brochure you can read a description of each title and ... read more
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
If well managed, migration generates benefits for migrants, their countries of origin and the countries they settle in. For migrants, it can ... 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
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
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
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
Although the principles of democracy are in abstract stable concepts, every generation must consider anew how best to apply them in society. ... 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 Bertelsmann Stiftung conducts an annual study of developments in opportunities for social participation in all 28 EU member states. Despite ... read more
The Eurozone crisis has pushed reforms of the European Union to the forefront of the political debate. How can a union of 28 states with a population ... read more
The Millennium Development Goals have led to tangible progress in many developing countries. Once adopted, the United Nations' new global Sustainable ... read more
In our study “Costs and benefits of a United Kingdom exit from the European Union” from April 2015, we analyzed the static effects of a Brexit. ... read more