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)
Siegfried Russwurm is chairman of the supervisory boards of the industrial companies Thyssenkrupp and Voith. He was a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG from 2008 to 2017. During this time, he was responsible for all industrial issues, as Chief Technology Officer for Technology as well as for Healthcare and Human Resources. His regional responsibilities within the Siemens Group included Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Siegfried Russwurm was born in June 1963. In 1988, he completed his studies in manufacturing technology at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg as a graduate engineer, where he subsequently received his doctoral degree at the Chair of Applied Mechanics. He has been lecturing there in mechatronics since 2005 and has been an honorary professor since 2009. He is married and has two adult children.
Russwurm is a member of the Executive Board of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and of the Board of the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. He was chairman of the North Africa Middle East Initiative of German Business (NMI) under the umbrella of the BDI, chairman of the Platform Industry 4.0 of several BDI member associations and member of the Restricted Board of the BDI member association of the mechanical engineering industry, VDMA. As Chief Human Resources Officer and Labor Director of Siemens, he was a member of the presidium of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) from 2008 to 2010