Alongside the three initiators (Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the German Metalworkers’ Union (IG Metall), and the Federation of German Industries (BDI)), the following 14 partners are active in the Alliance: the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI), the Federation of the German Construction Industry (HDB), the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), the Federation of German Employers' Associations in the Metal and Electrical Engineering Industries (Gesamtmetall), the German Chemical Industry Employers' Association (BAVC), the Association of Steel Producers (WV Stahl), the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK), and on the trade union side the German Trade Union Federation (DGB), the Mining, Chemical and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE), the Trade Union for Construction, Agriculture, and the Environment (IG BAU), and the Food, Beverages and Catering Union (NGG).
The Alliance brings together industrial and employers’ associations and trade unions with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The partners in the Alliance want to make Germany a sustainable and modern industrial centre and to boost its industrial competitiveness.
Focusing on the importance of industry
Our industry is an essential guarantee for growth, prosperity and jobs. 8 million people work in some 100,000 industrial enterprises in Germany. And there are also a large number of industrial service providers. Overall, roughly 15 million jobs depend directly or indirectly on industry. The people working in the goods-producing sector generate one-quarter of total value added and three-quarters of exports. Furthermore, industry pays the lion’s share of the money spent on research and development. Germany’s innovative industrial enterprises are leaders on resource efficiency and thus make an important contribution towards protecting the environment and combating climate change.
Tackling new challenges
However, the tough international competition, demographic change and disruptive technologies like digitisation are confronting industry with great challenges. The Alliance for the “Future of Industry” wishes to utilise the opportunities offered by the changing situation, to strengthen industrial output in Germany, and to build up its international competitiveness. To achieve this, the members of the Alliance agree on, develop and coordinate priority measures.
The Alliance is not intended to replace existing forums, platforms and dialogues between the social partners, business and government. Rather, the existing results and demands from sector-specific dialogues are to be pooled, weighted, communicated and translated into binding strategies for action. The Alliance for Industry brings together central industrial policy expertise at national level, ensures a better coordination of industrial policy interests, and pools responsibilities. In this way, we will achieve better coordination of key areas of research and funding policy and of industrial and competition policy in Germany and Europe.