Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI) – Federation of German Industries “The Voice of German Industry”
The BDI is the umbrella organization of German industries and industry-related services. It speaks for 36 trade associations and more than 100,000 enterprises with around 8 million employees. Membership is voluntary. 15 organizations in the federal states represent the interests of industry at the regional level. Furthermore, the BDI has offices in Beijing, Brussels, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.
The BDI has the task of protecting and promoting all the joint concerns of the industries it represents. It enters into political discourse at an early stage. It raises issues, compiles differentiated views, creates a balance of interests in the alliance with its member associations and thus offers policy-makers industry positions that are coordinated and representative.
The BDI offers information and economic policy consultations on all issues relevant for industry, thus granting support for enterprises engaged in global competition. The BDI has a wide-ranging network in Germany and Europe, on all important markets and international organizations. It helps to provide political accompaniment in questions of the opening of markets internationally. And it deals with issues that conceptually cannot be handled by individual enterprises, ranging from municipal finances to corporate governance, from TTIP to European integration and WTO-negotiations.
The BDI has a reputation as a centre of competence for economic policy in Federal Germany. It has a unique combination of expert knowledge. This knowledge is pooled by volunteers from the business world, committed enterprises, member associations and regional as well as international representations. This grants the BDI legitimacy as a policy advisor with a practical orientation.
The BDI measures the success of its work by the degree to which its positions are implemented in political reality. It maintains contact with heads of government and EU commissioners, with political parties, parliaments and ministers, with academics and diplomats. The credibility of the BDI is founded on non-partisan, objective and scientifically found arguments.
President of the Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Dieter Kempf was born in Munich in 1953.
After studying business administration from 1973 to 1978 in Munich, he worked at Arthur & Young (now Ernst & Young) from 1978 to 1991, becoming a partner in 1989.
He then joined Datev in Nuremberg in 1991 as a Board Member, responsible for product and software development. From 1992 onwards, he served as Deputy Chairman of the Board. In 1996, he became Chairman, a position he held until March 2016. During Kempf’s time at Datev, the company grew to one of Europe’s largest IT service providers.
From 2011 to 2015, Kempf served as President of BDI’s member association Bitkom (Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media). During this time, he was also Vice President of the BDI.
Dieter Kempf was unanimously elected President of BDI as of January 2017. In addition, Kempf serves on various supervisory boards and advisory boards. He was made honorary professor of Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2005.