Bertelsmann Stiftung

National Network

Carl-Bertelsmann-Str. 256 POB 103
33311 Gütersloh

+49 5241-810
+49 5241-81681396
E-Mail (2)
Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Environment/Sustainable development
  2. International/Cultural relations
  3. Youth and education
General Information
Private operating foundation; independent, non-partisan organization. As of December 31, 2005, the Bertelsmann Stiftung had a staff of 319 employees. In the 2005 fiscal year, the Bertelsmann Stiftung had total income of approximately €132 million. The Bertelsmann Stiftung finances its project work primarily through income from its holdings in Bertelsmann AG. For further information see below.
Mission and Objectives

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is independent and non-partisan. We design and implement our own projects. As a private operating foundation, our primary goal is to make a meaningful and enduring contribution to society. The Bertelsmann Stiftung encourages social change and strives to contribute to a sustainable society. Working with a wide range of partners, the foundation identifies social problems and challenges at an early stage and then develops exemplary solutions in response. We view ourselves as an initiator and driver of necessary reforms. Our work is guided by our founder Reinhard Mohn’s firm belief that the principles which serve as a foundation for entrepreneurial action can also play a key role when it comes to creating a sustainable society.

Main Projects / Activities

Bertelsmann Stiftung is currently running more than 60 projects. We concentrate in areas where we have established compelling competence through years of experience: higher-quality education, an equitable and efficient economic system, preventative healthcare, a vibrant civil society and greater international understanding. The annual Carl Bertelsmann Prize honours innovative ideas and exemplary responses to pressing social issues. In International Relations Bertelsmann Stiftung publishes the Bertelsmann Transformation Index and hosts among other projects the German-Israeli Dialogue, the Kronberg talks as part of the Europe and the Middle East project and the series of International Carl Bertelsmann Forums. In the field of cultural dialogue Bertelsmann Stiftung is engaged in the Trilogue Salzburg and runs a series of International Cultural Forums. For further details please refer to the website.

Contact (1) Full Name
Christian Hanelt
Job Title
Senior Expert, Europe and the Middle East
Head of the organisation
Prof. Dr. Werner J. Bauer