On March 22, 2017 a Joint B20 Taskforces and Cross-thematic Groups meeting will be co-jointly organized with BIAC and OECD in Paris. The focus of the meeting will be on the advocacy of B20 recommendations prior to the G20 Sherpa meeting on March 23, 2017.

March 15, 2017: B20 Recommendations on the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

“Resilience, Responsibility, Responsiveness – Towards a Future-oriented, Sustainable World Economy”. The world economy has become marked by crises. Uncertainties are growing, having a negative impact on innovation worldwide. In this environment it is more important than ever that we work towards framework conditions that foster innovation, economic growth and job creation.

The German Federal Chancellery mandated the leading German business associations – BDI, BDA and DIHK – to conduct the B20 presidency during the German G20 presidency (B20 Germany). While the German government assumed the G20 presidency from China on 1 December 2016, B20 Germany was launched on 4 September 2016 with the hand-over from B20 China. The three responsible associations (BDI, BDA and DIHK) maintain a B20 Executive Committee, which takes all significant decisions on B20 Germany by consensus. A B20 Secretariat headed by a full-time B20 Sherpa handles operational implementation. There are also B20 advisory/advocacy bodies, above all a Business Advocacy Caucus composed of CEOs and business organisation leaders from the G20 states. The work of the B20 has taken place in taskforces and cross-thematic groups.

B20 Germany Priorities Overview


Trade & Investment 

The global exchange of goods, services, capital, and knowledge is an important pillar of our prosperity. Specialization increases productivity. Open markets lead to greater innovation… Read more

Energy, Climate & Resource Efficiency 

Prices for energy and many other natural resources are currently low. This should not fool us, however. Natural resources are not endless. Climate change is a reality we have to deal with… Read more 

Financing Growth and Infrastructure 

Global economic growth has been sluggish for several years. While in advanced economies a heightened uncertainty and setbacks to confidence have dampened growth, the economic… Read more 


The fourth industrial revolution – digitalization – changes how we produce, how we work, and how we trade with each other. The “internet of things and services”, or Industrie 4.0, creates… Read more 

Employment and Education 

Employment and Education have become core topics of the G20. In recent years G20 leaders have recognized that more must be done to address unemployment, raise labour force… Read more 

Cross-thematic Groups 

Responsible Business Conduct and Anti-Corruption 

To raise standards of living economic growth is indispensable. Job creation, training and education, innovation and technology… Read more 

Small and Medium Enterprises 

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) represent the vast majority of enterprises worldwide. They are an essential pillar of innovation, economic and social progress… Read more 

Source: B20 Germany