Rhineland-Palatinate Initiative for the Future
The objective of the Rhineland-Palatinate Initiative for the Future is not only to strengthen Rhineland-Palatinate as an industrial location, but also the state’s regions as a living and working place as well as a cultural site against worldwide competition, and to develop innovative technical, economic and social solutions for future problems and to assist in their implementation – furthermore, to create awareness about the pending problems among ZIRP members, local state companies and in the general population and to promote positive solution approaches.
As a voluntary amalgamation of eighty companies, associations, colleges, churches and cultural creators related to Rhineland- Palatinate, it is unique at the federal level. It has existed since 1992, is organized as a registered association and led by an executive board presided by Margret Suckale, member of the BASF SE board, as chairwoman, and state prime minister Malu Dreyer as deputy chairwoman.
ZIRP members represent not only manufacturing companies with plants in Rhineland- Palatinate that operate internationally but also banks and banking groups, insurance companies, scientific colleges, public chambers, churches, unions and medium-sized companies. Five subject fields are at the core of ZIRP efforts: Future Radar 2030, economic policy strategies and initiatives, international cooperation, science, innovation and technology as well as culture. In order to actively promote the transfer of knowledge and experience among experts, decision- makers and the public at large, the ZIRP organizes numerous annual events in the form of workshops, lecture series and panel discussions that deal with economic and scientific subjects, thus contributing to the high-level bundling of specialized information for subsequent discussion with members and guests.