Increasing the resilience of family businesses
Increasing the resilience of family businesses
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Wealth tax
Wealth tax
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Access to transparency register should be tied to stricter conditions

Access to transparency register should be tied to stricter conditions

study: legitimate interest must be demonstrated

Every company is affected by the reporting requirement: in Germany, one million limited liability companies (GmbHs) alone have to disclose information on ownership to the transparency register. In its ruling of November 2022, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) strengthened data protection for business owners. The general public must no longer have unlimited access to sensitive data of beneficial owners. According to the legal opinion obtained by the Foundation for Family Businesses and Politics, access should in future be subject to stricter requirements. “EU member states must not grant access without a legitimate interest being demonstrated,” says the legal opinion prepared by the legal scholars Prof. Ralf P. Schenke and Prof. Christoph Teichmann (both from the University of Würzburg). Conditions should be specified for this, similar to those for accessing the land register.

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Dr David Deißner appointed as additional  managing director

Dr David Deißner appointed as additional managing director

Foundations dedicated to family businesses strengthen their leadership

The importance of family businesses in Germany and the special conditions they need to be successful are now the subject of broad academic research and a great deal of attention in the media, society and politics. This is due in no small part to the Foundation for Family Businesses, which was founded 20 years ago to promote academic research, and the Foundation for Family Businesses and Politics, which joined the original foundation in 2021.

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The Foundation for Family Businesses and Politics supports family businesses in a variety of ways.

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The House of Family Businesses is a place for meetings and exchanges among politicians, the media, academia and representatives of family businesses.

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The specialists at the Foundation for Family Businesses and Politics are happy to serve as contacts for politicians and the media.

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Mission Statement of the Foundation for Family Businesses and Politics

"Politics begins with the consideration of reality."
Prof. Rainer Kirchdörfer and Dr. Ulrich Stoll
"Politics begins with the consideration of reality."
This statement by the great social democrat Kurt Schumacher is more topical than ever. The objective of enabling fact-based decisions guides the work of the Foundation for Family Businesses and Politics.
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Europe’s economic base is eroding

Europe is losing economic substance. In an open letter to the EU Commission and the European Parliament, our Foundation makes suggestions on how to stop the flood of regulation.

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CSRD – avoid excessive red tape and make family busi-nesses more competitive and innovative!

The European Commission’s proposal for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) published in April 2021 and currently being discussed by the Parliament and the Council, seeks to take companies’ sustainability reporting to the next level.

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Urgent call: Stop the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive!

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Increasing the resilience of family businesses

Germany has suffered a major reform backlog over the past decade. Although there have been some attempts to improve the situation, the country has fallen behind in terms of competitiveness. 

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