Archive 2020


München, 2020-09-23

Family businesses are a key stability factor for rural areas. Peripheral areas are far more successful when they have many family businesses.

Family businesses are a decisive factor in establishing equality in living conditions between urban and rural areas. In rural regions with many family businesses, the population is increasing and fewer young people are leaving. Regions with a high density of family businesses also have a higher level of prosperity, higher training rates, lower unemployment figures and are more innovative.


Munich, 2020-08-18

Measuring the Impact of German and European Legislation on Family Businesses

Economic historical study explores the fundamental differences in the business landscapes of Germany and the United States

The Foundation for Family Businesses has developed a model that can be used to illustrate the impact of proposed laws on family businesses at an early stage. The objective of the test is for family companies to receive the consideration in the legislative process that they deserve as a cornerstone of our economy.


Munich, 2020-06-22

Family businesses in Germany and the United States

Economic historical study explores the fundamental differences in the business landscapes of Germany and the United States

In a long-term historical study, the Foundation for Family Businesses explains why such fundamentally different business landscapes arose in Germany and the United States. Family companies in Germany have evolved into a strong pillar of the German economy over centuries. But their role in the United States is smaller. The study explores the reasons why.


Munich, 2020-05-25

Special US customs duties increasingly impact family businesses. EU compensation funds can restore equal opportunity.

Special US customs duties increasingly impact family businesses. EU compensation funds can restore equal opportunity.

The punitive tariffs and countervailing customs duties imposed by the USA lead to substantial competitive disadvantages for family businesses in Europe. A study commissioned by the Foundation for Family Businesses draws the conclusion that the trade disputes between the USA and the European Union are meanwhile spilling over to industries that have nothing to do with the original trade conflict. Family companies are affected the most by countervailing customs duties imposed by the USA. “In future, it is likely to be the case more frequently that trade disputes result in collateral damage to uninvolved industries,” the study’s authors warn. For this reason, they recommend the establishment of European compensation funds for companies from the EU.


Munich, 2020-03-09

The Advisory Board of the Foundation for Family Businesses calls for an ambitious industrial strategy

The Advisory Board of the Foundation for Family Businesses calls for the European Union to intensify its foreign trade activities.

The European Union needs more ambitious industrial policies to prevent its being completely overshadowed by the economic blocs of China and the United States. For this reason, the Advisory Board of the Foundation for Family Businesses has called for the European Commission to pursue a resolute strategy. “We have to shake off our torpor if we want to avoid being relegated from the Premier League when it comes to global trade,” the board’s members said.


Munich, 2020-01-07

Locational factors: Emerging economies increase their competitiveness and narrow the gap to industrialised countries

Locational factors: Emerging economies increase their competitiveness and narrow the gap to industrialised countries

Irrespective of political tensions and concerns about democracy and the rule of law, recent years have seen Turkey, Russia and China expand their attractiveness as business locations. This was one conclusion of the “Länderindex Familienunternehmen – Emerging Markets” (“Country Index for Family Businesses – Emerging Markets”), a study which the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) carried out for the Foundation for Family Businesses. The study ranks Russia in first place, followed by Turkey and China.