The B20 is an integral part of the G20 process, representing the entire G20 business community. The mission of the B20 is to support the G20 through consolidated representation of interests, concrete policy proposals, and expertise. The B20 promotes dialogue among policymakers, civil society, and business at the international level. In the B20, business representatives from the entire G20 develop joint recommendations and advocate specific policy-actions across the complete G20 agenda. In addition, the B20 organizes a number of events and provides a platform for exchanges with governments and other stakeholders of the G20 process. Like the G20, the B20 is a perennial process with working activities and events throughout the whole year.

B20 Germany

The German Federal Chancellery has mandated the leading German business associations – Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie (BDI), Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Arbeitgeber (BDA) and Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag (DIHK) – to conduct the B20 presidency during the German G20 presidency (B20 Germany). While the German government will assume the G20 presidency from China on December 1st 2016, B20 Germany was launched on September 4th 2016 with the hand-over from B20 China. The three responsible associations (BDI, BDA and DIHK) maintain a B20 Executive Committee, which takes all significant decisions on B20 Germany by consensus. A B20 Secretariat headed by a full-time B20 Sherpa handles operational implementation. There will also be B20 advisory/advocacy bodies, above all a Business Advocacy Caucus composed of CEOs and business organization leaders from the G20 states. The work of the B20 will take place in taskforces and cross-thematic groups.

G20 YEA is network partner for the Taskforce “Financing Growth & Infrastructure” and the cross-thematic group “SMEs” of B20 Germany, which is part of the German presidency of the G20. The B20 is going to conduct its B20 Summit on May 2nd and 3rd in Berlin.