Each person must be in a position to determine the goals they pursue and the life they lead. That was the principle Reinhard Mohn used in running his company, Bertelsmann AG. He firmly believed in individual responsibility and decentralized management. From the start, he made sure that employees shared in the company’s success. He was not moved by a desire to achieve social utopia, but by the conviction that motivated employees who are given the opportunity develop further in the workplace perform better and are happier.
In light of his success in the world of business, he felt a strong obligation to give back to society. He believed that it was not the state and its institutions that were responsible for making the basic values of freedom, solidarity and goodwill come alive, but each individual person.