More competitiveness for Germany as a business location 

German Employer Award for Education 2023 "NOTICEABLY SUSTAINABLE!"- Application phase started

Education is & remains the foundation for a successful professional life

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Steffen Kampeter, Chief Executive Officer

Employers implement their respective protective measures professionally and consistently . Since the Corona pandemic, safety and health in the workplace have become one of the most important factors for the business viability of companies.

Issue 6/23:
A chance for a new Germany speed

Looking ahead to the meeting of the coalition committee, BDA Managing Director Steffen Kampeter therefore calls in Standpunkt for the opportunity to be seized for a new Germany speed. Much is being announced by the German government - but little is happening because it is not in agreement. This also applies to the complicated procedures for the immigration of skilled workers. Dr. Markus Pieper MEP sees our competitiveness in danger in a guest article. The topic of the week is excellent corporate commitment to vocational training. And much more.

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Comment of the week

Europe must become more practical and
closer to reality, Ideology-driven wishful
thinking will get us nowhere.

Dr. Dirk Jandura
President of the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade
and Services; Managing Director of Oskar Böttcher GmbH & Co.KG
and member of the BDA Executive Committee

Topic of the week

Protect tariff autonomy!

Point of view

Tariff loyalty regulation harms
the social partnership!

Employer President

our guiding principles



The BDA ensures that the social partnership anchored in the Basic Law succeeds and that fair working conditions are guaranteed in our country.


Our goal is to operate in such a way that future generations can also find sufficient employment and create prosperity.


The social market economy underlies our actions and is based on freedom, responsibility, subsidiarity and solidarity.

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BDA international

The Voice of German Business in Brussels

Europe keeps us busy. With our expertise as a social partner, we help shape European policy. Together with the BDI, we form the European voice of the entire German economy. Labour market and social policy issues in particular have become increasingly important in EU policy in recent decades. Here we advocate the principle that social progress only works on the basis of economic success.

our members

Strong employer organisations

Members of the BDA are 14 interdisciplinary regional associations and 48 federal umbrella associations of employers from the fields of industry, trade, finance, transport, crafts, services and agriculture. Around 1 million companies with approx. 30.5 million employees are affiliated to them directly or indirectly via their member associations.


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