The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft works to promote a free and open society and its cohesion. Democracy, the social market economy and sustainability are the foundations of such a society. Our work is based on the values that Herrhausen pursued: freedom and responsibility; competition and compassion.

Alfred Herrhausen’s thoughts and actions focused on crossing and overcoming boundaries. In his memory, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft makes its own analyses and describes its own viewpoints. We create platforms for discussions and participate in relevant discourse, either by attending events or through our publications and other media activities. We define project-specific goals that deliver visible results.

The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft focuses on the specific project areas Europe and Cities. A third, more flexible project area is Free Thinking. Our work addresses individuals in positions of responsibility: decision makers and future influencers in politics, the economy, media and society - here in Germany and across the world.

We live in a world of constant upheaval, whether in politics, the economy or thinking. None of the great questions of our time will ever be answered from a monothematic or a purely national point of view. The interdependencies of the modern world oblige us to take on interdisciplinary perspectives, flexible thinking and approaches that go beyond cultural and regional boundaries.

The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft is an independent, nonprofit organisation, supported by Deutsche Bank. It is part of Deutsche Bank’s social responsibility activities. The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft does not act as a sponsor but carries out projects on its own or in partnership with other institutions.

Looking back

The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft was established in Frankfurt am Main in 1992. Since then its aim has been to unearth clues about the future in the present and to foster the exchange of ideas and the debate surrounding the most important questions of our time. The Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft is today located in Berlin’s city centre at Unter den Linden. Anna Herrhausen and Daniela Kaiser took over its management in 2016 and began to realign focus topics.

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