Ministry of Economic Affairs,
Industry, Climate Action and Energy
of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Berger Allee 25

D-40213 Düsseldorf

Telefon: +49 (0) 211 617 72 0

Legal form:

The State of North Rhine-Westphalia is a public body.

Authorised to represent:

The Ministry is represented by Mrs. Minister Mona Neubaur and in legal and administrative affairs by Mrs. State Secretary Silke Krebs and Mr. State Secretary Paul Höller.

Value added tax identification number according to § 27a German VAT law:

DE 153138079

Editorial responsibility:

Heidi Renz
Ministry of Economic Affairs,
Industry, Climate Action and Energy
of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
Unit III.4 „Corporate Social Responsibility”
Berger Allee 25

D-40213 Düsseldorf

Technical realisation:

crossconcept GmbH


Information und Technik Nordrhein-Westfalen (IT.NRW)


The Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIKE) compiles the information for this website with the greatest of care and makes every effort to ensure it is topical, correct and complete. All of the contents are intended for general information and do not represent any form of commercial, legal or other consulting service. The Ministry does not accept any liability and is not responsible for any material or non-material damage which is caused by the use of this service unless it is proven to have been caused deliberately or is due to gross negligence.

Any laws, regulations or ordinances which are published on this website have been compiled with care but do not make any claim regarding topicality or completeness. The current version, which has been published in the appropriate promulgating organs (particularly the Gazette of Laws and Ordinances of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Gazette), is considered to be legally binding. Reference is made to several online offerings on this website. The contents of the linked websites are configured, among others, by institutions and/or companies over which the Ministry has no influence. The Ministry makes no claim to the ownership of the contents. No liability is assumed for the offerings of third parties. If you notice any suspect or unlawful contents on the website of the Ministry or those to which it makes reference, the Ministry will be thankful to receive your appropriate notification.

We also wish to point out that parts of the website or the entire offering of the Ministry can be changed, supplemented or deleted without a corresponding notification. The temporary or permanent ending of the publication is also possible without prior notification.

Copyright and trademark rights

Unless otherwise stated, all of the pages on this information server of the federal state government are subject to copyright. The duplication or use of the contents or parts thereof in other electronic or printed publications and its publications is only permitted subsequent to prior approval. This also applies to use in the internet. Reprinting and evaluation of press releases and speeches with source references is permitted. In this respect, the following information must be shown: © year date, MWIKE NRW.

Further use of the contents of the website

The editorial board is able to provide permission for the publication of specific contents from the website of the Ministry. Images, graphics, text and other data can also be partially or wholly subject to third party copyright. When using images, graphics, text or other data from the pages of the Ministry website which are not for use by third parties for purely journalistic and/or editorial purposes, it is necessary to contact the editorial board in advance. The source information must be shown as follows: © MWIKE NRW/Name of the author.

All of the trademarks and brand names third parties within this website which may be protected by third parties are subject to the conditions of the otherwise valid trademark law and the ownership rights of the appropriately registered owners. It should not be assumed that simply because a brand is named on this website, the trademarks are not protected by the rights of third parties.

Data protection information

As a public body, the Ministry is subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Law of North Rhine-Westphalia and takes the protection of your personal data very seriously. We would like to provide you with an overview of the specific configuration of the data protection. It is also to be ensured that the data protection provisions are respected by participating external service providers.

Automatic saving of data
In the case of access to the contents of the website, data are temporarily saved which may enable identification. The following data are gathered with every instance of access:

  • Date and time of access
  • The name of the internet service accessed, the resource to be accessed and the used action
  • The request made by the client
  • The transferred data volume
  • Report on whether the access was successful
  • IP address of the accessing computer
  • Origin of the accessing computer
  • Time spent on the website
  • Client information (browser, operating system, set resolution)

For the purpose of statistical evaluation and use analysis, anonymous IP addresses are used at all times. To deflect and analyse any attacks to the Ministry website, however, non-anonymous IP addresses will be used. To this end, protocol files, known as “log files” are exclusively accessible to the administrators for up to 48 hours. After this, they are only available through the reconstruction of backup tapes and will be permanently deleted after four weeks. If you require information about the data which has been gathered about your person, please contact us on

Transfer of data

The confidentiality of telecommunications generally protects the contents of your emails from unauthorized access and processing. We are able to ensure its compliance for the area of the MWIKE. We wish to point out, however, that the transfer of data via the internet could generally be recorded by other internet operators and users.

Gathering, processing and use of personal data

Personal data will be gathered if you provide us with such data via our contact form. These data will only be used for responding to your enquiry and will be deleted afterwards. If you have registered for our newsletter with your email address, we will save and use your email address for the transmission of our newsletter with information and advertising about us until you have opted out of our newsletter.

You can opt out of our newsletter at any time. An opt out link is included in every email with our newsletter. You can also rescind your approval for our future use of your email address at any time. To do so, please use the contact options provided in the legal notice.

Right to information, revocation of the permission to use data

You have the right to receive information about data saved about your person at no cost and at any time, including its origin and the recipients and purpose of the data processing, as well as the right to the correction, blocking or deletion of this data. If you have any questions on this topic or the topic of personal data, please do not hesitate to contact us at the address provided in the legal notice.

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When accessing certain pages, a so-called session cookie is placed. These are small text files which are deleted by your computer automatically following the end of the browser session. This file serves the purpose of being able to use certain applications.
On most web browsers you can adjust the settings so that your browser no longer accepts new cookies or you can delete the previously saved cookies. You can generally find out how this works in your specific browser by using its Help function.

Image credits

Header graphic of the federal state
Photographer: Harald Richter

Images Archive of the State Assembly of North Rhine-Westphalia
Images in the area of “Politics” (start page)
Photographer: Bernd Schälte

Contract photography
Header graphic, companies
Copyright: MWEIMH NRW/ Roberto Pfeil

Header graphic, ambassadors
Copyright: MWEIMH NRW/ Roberto Pfeil

Header graphic, CSR academic network
Copyright: MWEIMH NRW/Mareike Sassenscheidt

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Copyright: © Daniel Ernst