Chairman's Foreword

Dear readers,

Bertelsmann is now growing faster, more digital, more international and more diversified than ever. And in 2018, we made further progress in implementing our four strategic cornerstones. Bertelsmann is increasingly opening new opportunities in business areas that benefit from global trends such as digitization, health and education. Additionally, the Group is focusing on the growth regions of China, India and Brazil and expanding its activities in Southeast Asia, Latin America and Africa.

To remain successful in this fast-changing world, the company’s values must be regularly reviewed. As part of our efforts, last year, we further developed the Bertelsmann Essentials to focus on creativity and entrepreneurship in the future.

Creativity and entrepreneurship provide orientation, not only for our employees and managers, but for our customers and partners as well. They are the values that define how we work and interact with each other. We take responsibility for the impacts of our actions on society and the environment and base our commitment to the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on it.

More information on how we are concretely taking that responsibility is available in this report.

Thomas Rabe
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bertelsmann and Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group