All associations of which G&D is an active member are listed on this page. If you are interested in our work in any of the associations mentioned, please contact the people indicated.
Afrika-Verein (German-African Business Association)
For more than 75 years, the Afrika-Verein has supported business relationships between Germany and Africa. True to its Hanseatic tradition, today it is the nationwide association for trade and industry representing German companies and institutions with economic interests in countries on the African continent. The association provides information on countries and markets in Africa, establishes contacts, and represents the interests of its members in Germany and abroad.
BITKOM is the voice of the IT, telecommunications, and new media industries and represents over 1,700 companies, over 1,200 of which are direct members. These include practically all global players, 800 key midsize companies, and numerous founder-managed, creative companies. BITKOM members generate a sales volume of 135 billion euros annually and export high-technology products worth 50 billion euros. BITKOM therefore represents around 90 % of the German ICT market.
BITKOM forms a large, high-performance network and brings together the best minds and companies of the digital world. BITKOM organizes a constant exchange of information between specialists and managers and provides its members with platforms for cooperation with each other and for contact with important customers.
German Economy’s Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations
Since 1952, the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations has represented the interests of the German economy in Eastern Europe. 21 countries are currently served by this committee. The Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations takes part in more than 100 events every year. In cooperation with the German government and using the tools of economic diplomacy, it organizes round table discussions between Eastern European government members and German enterprises and represents the interests of the German economy in bilateral committees. Furthermore, the Committee organizes specialist seminars, delegation visits, SME conferences, and parliamentary evenings and receptions, as well as participating in international trade fairs. The Committee is also involved in intensive project work.
EUROSMART is an international nonprofit organization based in Brussels that represents all segments of the European smart card industry. Since its foundation in 1995, EUROSMART has contributed to the expansion of the smart security market all over the world and to the development of security standards, and at the same time strives to improve the quality and security of applications. The organization promotes the use of smart secure devices and smart security solutions in order to increase the user-friendliness of digital services while also focusing on protecting private information and preventing fraud. EUROSMART also strives for the standardization of interoperable smart security solutions and promotes European standards. EUROSMART has constantly expanded its range of members and in the meantime guarantees access to a wide network of experts from a variety of industries.
G&D is participating in the MasterCard Vendor Program, a global program designed to enhance business relationships between MasterCard Worldwide and the vendors that supply solutions to MasterCard customers around the world.
Participating vendors use the MVP to build their expertise and differentiate their products and services. MasterCard's MVP representatives keep vendors up to date on MasterCard's product and business strategy, aligned with technical requirements and harmonized with the rest of MasterCard.
Mobey Forum is a non-profit, global, financial industry-driven forum, whose mission is to encourage the use of mobile technology in financial services. It was established in May 2000 by a number of world's leading financial institutions and mobile terminal manufacturers. The mission of Mobey Forum is to enable and encourage banks to offer mobile financial services by creating suitable business models through cross-industry collaboration. By being a member in Mobey Forum, G&D will be at the forefront of the development of mobile financial services. Furthermore, G&D can contribute to and influence industry recommendations and take an active role when new trials and implementations are planned and created. The forum also provides an excellent opportunity to interact with the leading industry players.
The Smart Payment Association is the trade association of card manufacturers in the payment industry. The SPA deals with the current challenges to the payment ecosystem and provides the industry and customers with its expertise in order to create more intelligent, more secure, and personalized options for payment systems and services. The SPA was founded as a non-profit organization in 2004, and currently comprises six members, including the three market-leading founding members Giesecke & Devrient, Gemalto, and Oberthur Technologies, as well as Austria Card, Incard, and Morpho. The SPA works together with global standardization organizations and a network of partner associations in order to provide a growing portfolio of advisory services in an expanding ecosystem of established and new players. The SPA also regularly draws up a detailed market barometer for its members and publishes an annual analysis of the most important payment trends based on it.
VDMA – Association of German Machinery and Plant Manufacturers
The VDMA represents over 3,100 medium-sized member companies from the capital goods industry, making it one of the largest and most important industrial associations in Europe. Machinery and plant manufacturing is a key technology and the driving force of the economy.
The VDMA includes members from the whole process chain – from components through construction, from system suppliers and integrators through service providers. The VDMA reflects the diverse customer/supplier relationships along the value chain, and facilitates both industry-specific and general cooperation.
For quality of services, a network of well over 20,000 decision-makers, specialists from 3,000 member companies, and 400 dedicated experts from the VDMA and its service companies is available. There is a wide spectrum of topics oriented to the needs of the member companies.
The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) is a collaboration agreement that was established in December 1998. The collaboration agreement brings together a number of telecommunications standards bodies which are known as "Organizational Partners".
The current Organizational Partners are ARIB, CCSA, ETSI, ATIS, TTA, and TTC. The aim of the 3GPP is to work collaboratively for the production of globally applicable Third Generation Mobile system technical specifications.
European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is an independent, non-profit organization, whose mission is to produce telecommunications standards for today and for the future. ETSI is officially responsible for standardization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) within Europe. These technologies include telecommunications, broadcasting and related areas such as intelligent transportation and medical electronics
GlobalPlatform is the leading, international association, focused on establishing and maintaining interoperable specifications for single and multi-application smart cards, acceptance devices and systems infrastructure that deliver benefits to issuers, service providers and technology suppliers. These specifications are known as the standard for smart card infrastructure. GlobalPlatform is a member driven association with a growing cross-industry representation from all world continents.
G&D intensively promotes the use of such industry standards and common specifications to create new applications for smart cards. G&D is a full member of the association since 2001 and has deployed GlobalPlatform based products in various projects worldwide.
The Java Card Forum is promoting Java as the favoured programming language for Smart Card applications and focusses on the development and recommendation of specification to Sun Microsystems, Inc.. The Forum's activities are intended to promote the Java Card API specification as an industry standard, reflecting the needs of smart card manufacturers and their customers.
G&D as an active member, is driving this technology since 1996.
The Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) delivers open specifications for creating interoperable services that work across countries, operators, fixed and mobile terminals. Driven by users’ needs and the expanding market for data services, the member companies of the Open Mobile Alliance stimulate the adoption of new and enhanced information, communication and entertainment services. The Open Mobile Alliance includes contributors from all key elements of the wireless value chain, and contributes to the timely and efficient introduction of services and applications.
The OSPT Alliance is helping the transit community move toward the next generation of secure, cost-effective, and flexible fare collection solutions through a global, multi-provider community. Their charter is to define a new open standard for secure transit fare collection solutions, while providing industry education, creating workgroup opportunities, and catalyzing the development and adoption of innovative fare collection technologies, applications, and services. They are also building a global ecosystem of transit operators, transit consultants and integrators, technology solution providers, and government agencies to stimulate development and delivery of next-generation fare collection solutions.
SIMalliance is (the non-profit trade association) dedicated to supporting the creation, deployment and management of secure mobile services across the globe. Working in partnership with members and the wider mobile community, SIMalliance anticipates and addresses the security, identity and mobility challenges of an increasingly converged internet. Through its working groups the alliance seeks to offer the blueprint to create a secure, open and interoperable environment where mobile services thrive.
Each year SIMalliance brings the mobile industry together at its SIMposium series of events; showcasing new technologies, discussing emerging models and tackling key market challenges and also hosts the annual SIMagine competition, recognising the very best in secure mobile application and service creation.
Its membership is responsible for delivering the most widely distributed mobile application platform in the world (SIM/USIM).
SIMalliance members are Datang, Eastcompeace, Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, Incard, Inkript, Kebt, Oberthur Technologies, Morpho, Valid, Watchdata & Wuhan Tianyu.
SIMalliance Strategic Partners are Comprion, Linxens and Movenda.
The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology. It is comprised of over 200 members worldwide. Through specific projects the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart card technology, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the US and Latin America.
G&D has been an active member since 2002 and has been a board member since 2005. The Smart Card Alliance is allocated in two areas, North America (primarily US) and Latin America. G&D is taking part in both.
The USB Implementers Forum, Inc. (USB-IF) was established in 1995 to support and accelerate the market and consumer adoption of USB compliant peripherals. Today, the USB-IF has more than 900 member companies and has led the way in helping companies introduce hundreds of USB-compliant products to the market.
G&D is active in this forum since years, to enable and create new Smart Card applications.
INTERPOL, the international criminal police organization, has been devoted to fighting cross-border crime for 90 years and currently has 188 member countries. With its “S-Print” project, it is specifically targeting the international counterfeiting of banknotes and security documents. “S-Print” comprises a global monitoring system that protects special machines and security-relevant material from criminal activity. INTERPOL advises the national law enforcement authorities about setting up monitoring systems and holds workshops on increasing the anti-counterfeiting security of banknotes and documents. As a member of the project, G&D adheres to the “Code of Conduct” drawn up by INTERPOL that restricts the resale of intaglio machines to authorized printers.
The BnEI was launched at the Currency Conference in May 2013. It was established to provide ethical business practice, with a focus on the prevention of corruption and on compliance with anti-trust law within the banknote industry. Membership with BnEI is tied to an accreditation which is based on an audit carried out by a third party auditor. The framework for this audit is an established set of principles for doing business responsibly. BnEI has developed it in cooperation with Good Corporation, one of the leading international companies specializing in corporate responsibility and business ethics. Once the audit is completed, results must be finally approved by BnEI’s Accreditation Council.
Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) develops, produces, and distributes products and solutions in the payment, secure communication, and identity management sectors. G&D is a technology leader in these markets and holds a strong competitive position. The Group's customer base mainly comprises central and commercial banks, mobile network operators, business enterprises, governments, and public authorities.