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2012

German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 98KB) (as amended on May 15, 2012) [convenience translation]
 
German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 106KB) (as amended on May 15, 2012) Version with highlighted amendments [convenience translation]
 

2010

German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 90 KB) (as amended on May 26, 2010) [convenience translation]
 
German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 108 KB) (as amended on May 26, 2010) [convenience translation] Version with highlighted amendments.
 

2009

German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 84 KB) (as amended on June 18, 2009) [convenience translation]
 
German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 82 KB) (as amended on June 18, 2009) [convenience translation] Version with highlighted amendments.
 

2008

German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 86 KB) (as amended on June 06, 2008) [convenience translation]
 
German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 90 KB) (as amended on June 06, 2008) [convenience translation] Version with highlighted amendments.
 

2007

German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 84 KB) (as amended on June 14, 2007) [convenience translation]
 
German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 82 KB) (as amended on June 14, 2007) [convenience translation] Version with highlighted amendments.
 

2006

German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 82 KB) ( as amended on June 12, 2006, effective until July 19, 2007)
[convenience translation]
 

2005

 German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 50 KB) as amended on June 02, 2005, effective until July 23, 2006 [convenience translation]
 

2003

German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 50KB) as amended on May 21, 2003, effective until July 19, 2005 [convenience translation]
 

2002

German Corporate Governance - Code
(PDF 50KB) as amended on November 07, 2002, effective until July 03, 2003 [convenience translation]
 
German Corporate Governance Code
(PDF 52KB) from February 26, 2002, effective until November 07, 2002 [convenience translation]

 
Preface by the Chairman of the German Corporate Governance Code-Commission, February 26, 2002
 

News archive


January 16, 2009
Press release
"German Corporate Governance Commission discusses Code amendments"

June 27, 2008
The 7. German Corporate Governance Code-Conference took place in Berlin, June, 26 / 27, 2008. Please click here to receive the agenda of the conference and the English translation of the authorized original German vision of the speech "Status and Development of Corporate Governance in Germany", held by Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Government Commission.

June 06, 2008
Press release on today's plenary meeting of the Government Commission.

June 05, 2008
Press release by the German Ministry for Justice on the reshuffle in the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code.

April 18, 2008
Acceptance of the German Corporate Governance Code is increasing continuously. That shows todays presented survey concerning the new empirical survey of the acceptance of the Code's recommendations and suggestions by the Berlin Center of Corporate Governance (BCCG).

Further information:

July 20, 2007
The amendments to the German Corporate Governance Code resolved by the Government Commission on June 12, 2006, have been published today in the electronic Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) (German only) by the Federal Ministry of Justice. Please find the amended version and an overview of the code amendments on this website.

The 6. German Corporate Governance Code-Conference took place in Berlin, July, 5 / 6, 2007. The conference was broadcasted live on the internet. Please click here to receive the agenda of the conference and the English translation of the authorized original German vision of the speech "Status and Development of Corporate Governance in Germany", held by Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Government Commission.

June 14, 2007
Press release on today's plenary meeting of the Government Commission

May 23, 2007
Acceptance of the German Corporate Governance Code is increasing continuously. That shows todays presented survey concerning the new empirical survey of the acceptance of the Code's recommendations and suggestions by the Berlin Center of Corporate Governance (BCCG).

Further information:

July 24, 2006
The amendments to the German Corporate Governance Code resolved by the Government Commission on June 12, 2006, have been published today in the electronic Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) (German only) by the Federal Ministry of Justice. Please find the amended version and an overview of the code amendments on this website.

The 5. German Corporate Governance Code-Conference takes place in Berlin, June, 22/23, 2006. The conference will be broadcast live on the internet . Please click here to receive the program of the conference and the English translation of the authorized original German vision of the speech "Status and Development of Corporate Governance in Germany", held by Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Government Commission.

June 12, 2006
Press release on today's plenary meeting of the Government Commission

April 21, 2006
Further increase in acceptance of German Corporate Governance Code. Today a press information was held in Düsseldorf on the publication of this year's survey concerning the implementation of the Corporate Governance Code in Germany by the Berlin Center of Corporate Governance (BCCG).

Further information:

July 21, 2005
The amendments to the German Corporate Governance Code resolved by the Government Commission on June 02 have been published yesterday in the electronic Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) (German only) (adjustment dated July 21,2005) (German only) by the Federal Ministry of Justice (see press release of the Federal Ministry) (German only). Please find the amended version and an overview of the code amendments on this website.

The 4. German Corporate Governance Code-Conference takes place in Berlin, June 23/24, 2005. Please click here to receive the program of the conference and the english translation of the authorized original german version of the speech "Status and Development of Corporate Governance in Germany", held by Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Government Commission.

June 02, 2005
Press release

March 11, 2005
Press release on the bill announced by Federal Minister Zypries on the disclosure of management board compensation

March 11, 2005
Corporate Governance Code now firmly established in Germany: Good scorecard after three years of Code.
Today a press conference took place in Berlin on the occasion of today´s publication of the latest survey concerning the implementation of the Corporate Governance Code by the Berlin Center of Corporate Governance (BCCG)-Chairman Prof. Dr. Axel v. Werder.

Further information:

June 24, 2004
The Berlin Center of Corporate Governance (BCCG) has today published the Executive Summary of its latest survey concerning the implementation of the German Corporate Governance Code (as of May 21, 2004). Download under www.bccg.tu-berlin.de/main/publikationen.htm

The 3. German Corporate Governance Code-Conference takes place in Berlin, June 23/24, 2004. Please click here to receive the program of the conference and the english translation of the authorized original german version of the speech "Status and Development of Corporate Governance in Germany", held by Dr. Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Government Commission.

June 08, 2004
Press release

July 04, 2003
The amendments to the German Corporate governance Code resolved by the Government Commission on May 21 have been published today in the electronic Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger) by the Federal Ministry of Justice. Please find the amended version and an overview of the code amendments on this website.

The 2. German Corporate Governance Code-Conference took place in Berlin, June 25/26, 2003. More detailed information, the program of the conference and selected presentations (Video on Demand) are available on the Handelsblatt-website.

June 10, 2003
Press release of the Federal Ministry of Justice
"Wichtige Hinweise zur Umsetzung der Beschlüsse der Cromme-Kommission".

May 21, 2003
Press release

May 21, 2003
The Berlin Center of Corporate Governance (BCCG) has today published the Executive Summary of its survey concerning the implementation of the German Corporate Governance Code. Download under http://www.bccg.tu-berlin.de/

November 08, 2002
Press release

July 30, 2002
Transparency and disclosure law now in force

Press release
Nr. 9 / 02 Berlin, February 26, 2002

Code gets German companies into shape for international financial markets
Clear standards for transparency and confidence in German corporations

The members of the commission are listed in the appendix (Word, 20,5 KB) to this press release.

Remarks by Dr. Gerhard Cromme
Chairman of the Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code at the press conference following the handing over of the German Corporate Governance Code to German Minister of Justice Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin on February 26, 2002 in Berlin

Remarks by Dr. Gerhard Cromme as PDF-File
(64 KB)

Remarks by Dr. Gerhard Cromme
Chairman of the Goverment Commission German Corporate Governance Code
on the publication of the draft German Corporate Governance Code
December 18, 2001 in Düsseldorf

Remarks by Dr. Gerhard Cromme as PDF-File
(113 KB)