Our objective: to be the voice of employers in the social market economy

Confederation of German Employers' Associations (BDA) is a cross-sectoral association which acts as the voice of German employers. Our mission is to encourage companies to invest in Germany, to stimulate innovations, and to enable the creation of jobs and apprenticeships. This corresponds to our responsibility within the German economy and reflects the essential contribution made by employers to underpinning the social market economy, democracy and security as well as a prosperous society. To live up to this responsibility, companies must be able to engage successfully in business, hold their own in international competition and generate profits. To do this, they need discretion to shape their activities.

Strong employer associations ensure that the social partnership enshrined in Germany’s Basic Law is a success and that fair working conditions in our country are safeguarded. In concrete terms, social partnership finds its expression in the deployment of modern and flexible collective agreements, adaptable labour legislation and committed involvement in social self-administration.

As Germany’s central employer association, BDA organizes the social and economic interests of the entire German business community. Thanks to our firm roots in individual companies, we are the authentic voice of German employers – also at European level and around the world.

It is BDA’s vocation to steer opinion-forming in debates on all important social and business policy issues. It is the first point of contact and adviser for all questions with relevance for employers. We stand for competence in collective bargaining, in labour law, in social, labour-market and education policy as well as in European and international policy issues.

We perform our tasks on the basis of dialogue and team work. To that end, we work closely with our member federations. Transparent and democratic decision-making gives our positions a weight which leaves individual interests far behind. BDA seeks to be a reliable partner in its network bringing together businesses, policy-makers, academia and media in order to be able to represent the interests of its members effectively.