As an independent public and legal entity for economic autonomy, a Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) looks after the common interests of companies challenged by municipalities, state governments, politics and the public sphere. As a parent organization of 80 IHKs in Germany, the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) represents and coordinates with the IHKs to lobby for the interests of the German economy opposed by decision makers in the federal government and European institutions.

Unlike other economic organizations, especially industrial unions, the IHK Organization represents the general economic interests of numerous enterprises: more than three-and-a-half million commercial enterprises are official members of IHKs. That helps ensure that the IHK Organization remains impartial to individual interests and lends a certain weight when dealing with political entities.

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