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The Berlin-based German Insurance Association (GDV) is the federation of private insurers in Germany. We represent the interests of an exciting, efficient and diverse industry vis-à-vis parliament, government and the public - both nationally and at the European level. This is demonstrated on the one hand by our approximately 470 members, which include internationally active players as well as locally rooted companies, full-service insurers as well as specialist providers, hundreds of years old traditional companies as well as young insurtechs.


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The German Insurance Association, i.e. Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft (GDV), headquartered in Berlin is the federation for insurers active in Germany. Interacting with parliament, government and the general public, we represent the interests of an exciting, diverse and high-performing industry. Our roughly 470 members run the gamut from international to local players, from full-service to specialty insurance companies and from long-established firms going back hundreds of years to modern insurtech start-ups. 

Our workforce mirrors that diversity – both at the GDV and in the entire industry. About 480.000 people work in the insurance industry with different nationalities and the most diverse set of talents, including programmers, mathematicians, loss adjusters, account managers and engineers. They are the faces of an industry more deeply rooted in society than most others.  

For we insurers are partners to everyone: public institutions, organisations, companies, clubs and associations as well as individuals, of course. Our clients’ risks are as varied as the insurance cover we offer. That includes products to provide for retirement and to guard against the risks of life. We protect our clients against the financial consequences in case something does happen. No matter if your house burns down, a prolonged illness prevents you from earning a living, a company's manufacturing grinds to a halt because of a mechanical failure in one of the machines or if a hospital is flooded, the insurers are there to help: Roughly 473 million policies are on their books – that is 473 million commitments to help and 473 million votes of confidence by our clients. 

We don’t only protect livelihoods, however; we are also enablers. It is our sector that makes economic activity possible by freeing companies of financial risks. Without insurance cover factories would stand still, the flow of goods would come to a halt and innovations wouldn't even see the light of day. So, insurance companies also play a vital macroeconomic role enabling growth and prosperity, providing job security and opening doors for new products and technologies. In a time of increasing complexity and uncertainty this is particularly important. 

It is not only our ambition to pay for damages but to do whatever it takes to keep them from occurring in the first place. The industry is engaged in various initiatives for risk provision and prevention, for example conducting accident research to improve road safety, promoting fire and break-in prevention, improving flood protection, beefing up IT security and developing security standards for equipment or industrial facilities. 

In a broader sense, we believe prevention means preserving nature and limiting the consequences of global warming. Climate change destroys habitats and poses a threat to human life and biodiversity alike. That's why we need to fight it with everything we have.  

Insurers were one of the first industries to develop a sustainability strategy committing to climate-neutral business processes by 2025. Using our know-how in assessing risks and preventing damages we aim to promote the green transformation in other industries, too. It is not least the investment portfolio of about 1.9 trillion euros that makes private insurance companies in Germany one the largest groups of investors. 

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The GDV is actively involved in turning the vision of Europe into reality time and again. This is a reality that the over 470 German insurance companies represented by the GDV can help to shape. They offer more than 473 million insurance contracts – in Germany and beyond.

Brussels is one of the hubs where people work on the European idea and its implementation. This is the metropolis in which Europe lives. People from all over the continent meet here to lead the community into a new generation and to continue the dream. A large part of the European administration is located here: people who deliberate on laws and regulations. Who are firm believers and want to lead the European Union through any challenges and into a new future.

This epicenter of law-shaping is also home to the German Insurance Association (GDV), one of the largest representatives of the European insurance industry. The GDV is on site when important political decisions are being made. With its international team of experts, it acts as an interface between the politics of Brussels and the members of the GDV. This association is therefore well-versed in the local legislative environment and knows how to assess it.

The work of the GDV in Brussels is focused on exchange, dialog and cooperation: The international team records news and developments right in the center of the action. They put them into context and make them available to the GDV in Berlin and to its members. In addition, they provide important impulses. They inject the deep expertise of the insurers, their sense for hidden risks and their absorption into local decision-making processes. This involves staying in constant exchange while upholding both the necessary distance and proximity.