Sedan A group of medium-sized entrepreneurs wants to create a platform to expand the dialogue with the Greens and move faster on the path to climate neutrality by 2045. The name of the already registered association: “The Economic Association of the Greens eV”. Thomas presides fisherman, head and founder of the management consultancy Allfoye in Düsseldorf. The start is scheduled for April.

The alliance is currently being organized. A list available to Handelsblatt includes 30 followers. In addition to Fischer, there is Tatiana Ohm, manager of the personnel services provider randstad Sourceright, committed. Wolfgang Bach, Managing Director of Ejot Holding GmbH & CO KG, a supplier of fasteners such as screws for plastics and metals, as well as Peter Heine, Managing Director of Marley, are also present. Germanya supplier of products to the home improvement market.

However, so far there are hardly any household names, and no big industrial companies. One is still “under construction,” Fischer told the Handelsblatt. The businessmen wanted to help shape the economic policy of the Greens. To do this, the association wants to communicate business interests to the Greens and thus establish a dialogue. “We want a strong Germany that operates sustainably and is climate neutral and successful. This is the only way we can remain competitive,” Fischer said.

Subsequently, the entire spectrum of the economy will be covered, from large steel companies to start-ups. “In the medium-sized sector, 98 percent are companies that hardly anyone knows about, but which also make up Germany as a place of business,” Fischer said. “Not only celebrities gather here, but also large medium-sized companies.”

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In addition, discussions with Dax companies are being sought, he added. “They are also very interested.” Fischer explains that new members join almost every day. The economy is driving the question of how to manage the path to climate neutrality by 2045. “Many note that the Greens want to promote sustainability more seriously.”

The Greens want to sharpen the profile of economic policy

The impetus for the trade association came from business, Fischer reports. The leadership of the party and the parliamentary group should later meet in an advisory council, as well as the cabinet members of the Greens and the Federal Minister of Economics. Robert Habeck.

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The Greens are not just courting the heads of industry and corporations since their former president Habeck took over the Finance Ministry.


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The Greens have tried for years to hone their economic policy profile. President Ricarda Lang even sees the Greens on the way to becoming a “new economic party”, as she put it in December. Economic debates are at the center of progressive debates – “as long as you’re in CDU– Party conventions are primarily concerned with gender.”

At the moment, the party seems to be doing well with the younger generation of entrepreneurs. In a survey conducted every year by the Federal Association of German Start-ups and the consultancy PwC, the Greens were by far the leading party of all parties.

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More than 50 percent of the businessmen surveyed said in the summer of 2022 that they wanted to vote Green. In addition to business success, it is important for many to develop a positive ecological effect, said Magdalena Oehl, vice president of the Federal Association. “All this seems to be the most covered in the eyes of the startup ecosystem among the Greens.”

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However, the Greens have not yet penetrated the general population.. The Union is still far ahead when it comes to who claims the highest level of economic competition. According to Statista, 23 percent of citizens see the Union ahead and nine percent the Greens. at least the rise economic policy adapted PDF but leave the greens behind. In the poll, she only makes it to six percent.

Industry

The association aims to cover the entire spectrum of the economy, from large steel manufacturers to start-ups.


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The Greens are not just courting the heads of industry and corporations since their former president Habeck took over the Finance Ministry. Already in federal electoral campaign one also looked for proximity to industrieswhich would be particularly affected by supposedly green industrial policies, especially for energy-intensive chemical and steel companies.

Chancellor candidate Annalena Baerbock even campaigned for an “industrial pact”. And Habeck then continued the charm offensive in the ministerial office. Yet even in an economy weighed down by high energy prices, he made controversial decisions such as not allowing nuclear power plants to continue operating beyond the spring. Discontent was expressed, for example, in strong protests by family businesses at the Green Party Congress in mid-October.

So it is not particularly surprising that the Greens are now also looking for a stronger connection to the economy with a partnership. Greens chairman Omid Nouripour told the Handelsblatt that with the partnership “we are intensifying and institutionalizing the exchange between party and business on how we are leading Germany towards a competitive and climate-neutral future.”

Other parties have long made significant strides with business associations, some of which are prominent. in the presidency of CDUThe affiliated Economic Council, for example, forms part of the board of directors of companies such as Mercedes Benz, fraport Y german bank. The association has a total of around 12,000 members, but has also benefited from its proximity to the CDU-led government in recent years. The party-owned MIT SME association is also influential, and the parliamentary group is also seeking contact with business through the SME parliamentary group.

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It is similar in the S.P.D. and the economic forum founded in 2015 by former Tui CEO Michael Frenzel. Already in 2018, the Greens group in the Bundestag founded the Economic Advisory Council to broaden the dialogue with companies and discuss climate-friendly conversion. The initiator was Kerstin Andreae, at the time spokesperson for economic policy for the Greens in the Bundestag, and today CEO of the Federal Association for Energy and Water Management BDEW.

attitude towards greens

Around the same time, at the end of 2018, former Green member of the Bundestag Thomas Gambke launched Business Dialogue, an independent association that also aims to promote exchange between the Greens and business. At the time, the Greens were the smallest group in Parliament.

The Economic Advisory Council was made up of a fixed group of about 50 people, mainly managers and businessmen, but also representatives of economic and industrial associations. Non-public meetings were held two to three times a year. Among those present at the time was Martin Brudermüller, CEO of the chemical company BASF based in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, and Hagen Pfundner, CEO of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche with three main locations and 16,000 employees in Germany alone. But while the Economic Advisory Council has been paralyzed since the Greens took office and is due to be reestablished this year, Gambke, Head of Economic Dialogue, remains active.

Yes airbusBosco, Pfizer o Siemens: A total of 152 companies are supporting the members of the association. Gambke, who has a doctorate in physics and was an industrial manager, regularly meets with businessmen who want to offer criticism, but also praise or suggestions.

“Attitudes towards the Greens have changed significantly,” says Gambke. “This is mainly due to the fact that leading Greens at all levels have for years shown a willingness to tackle the economy and see it as part of the solution for a climate-neutral future.”

He experiences this in many conversations with government representatives and members of parliamentary groups in Berlin and in the federal states, as well as with the party. “Businesses, on the other hand, see Greens as having a high level of problem-solving skills, and are seeking and accepting talk offers,” she says.

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However, Gambke qualifies, “I still see skepticism towards the Greens in general.” There are still areas where the Greens are mistrusted and where the Greens are still seen as less compromising or fact-oriented.

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