The eCl@ss organization was founded by 12 large German companies on 14 November 2000. Today, eCl@ss has more than 150 members that include businesses, associations and public institutions. The members have a cumulative annual turnover of nearly €1 billion – nearly as much as the total of all annual salary payments in Germany, or Mexico’s gross domestic product.
The project began with large German companies such as Siemens, Bosch, Lufthansa, RWE and Audi. Today, many small and medium-sized enterprises – including some “hidden champions” – also number among our members, along with large public-sector organizations such as the federal state of NRW and the Austrian Bundesbeschaffung (Federal Procurement Office). International companies from around the world, such as Renault, Schneider Electric and Johnson & Johnson, are additionally increasingly involved in eCl@ss.
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In order to ensure the quality of our research and development, we build on collaborations with entities offering know-how, and have formed a scientific advisory committee. Its tasks are to review all aspects of eCl@ss’ development from a scientific perspective, support eCl@ss with its own ideas and activities, and support the spread of eCl@ss within the scientific community.
In addition to its head office in Germany (at the Cologne Institute for Economic Research), eCl@ss maintains international offices in China, France, Austria, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland. In this way, we’re always close to our users, and in the case of questions about eCl@ss, can provide you with contacts in your target country.