Transparency & Governance reporting

This page presents our compliance with initiatives that seek to establish new norms and standards in the fields of governance and accountability.

Initiative for a Transparent Civil Society

“Whenever there is a commitment to the community, transparency towards the community should naturally follow.”

AlgorithmWatch adheres to the governance reporting framework of Transparency International Germany’s „Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft“ (Initiative for a Transparent Civil Society), whose voluntary commitment (PDF 6.1 MB) we have signed.

More information about the initiative can be found here: Initiative Transparente Zivilgesellschaft (in German only)

As per its commitment, AW AlgorithmWatch gGmbH has agreed to make the following information publicly available:

1. Name, registered office, address, year established

AW AlgorithmWatch gGmbH, Linienstr. 13, 10178 Berlin, Germany, established 2017

2. Complete charter and the organisation’s mission

3. Tax exempt status

AW AlgorithmWatch gGmbH holds the tax number 27/640/02364 and is recognised by the authorities in Germany, where it is based, as a charitable organisation because of its contribution to science and research as well as international cooperation. The latest certificate received from the tax authorities (Finanzamt für Körperschaften I), dated 18.05.2021, confirms AW AlgorithmWatch gGmbH’s exemption from corporate income tax (Körperschaftssteuer) and business tax (Gewerbesteuer) until the end of 2024.

4. Name and function of main decision-making bodies

5. Annual reports

6. Organization

  • AlgorithmWatch - Team
  • Personnel structure (as of July 2022)
    • Employees (full-time/part-time) and interns: 20

7. Funding (2021)

8. Allocation of Resources

9. Institutional Relationships

  • There is no membership in any other
  • We have no legal links with any organizations and
    do not hold any shares in other organizations.

10. Name of legal entities, contributing with more than 10 per cent to the organization’s budget (2021)

  • Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)
  • Schöpflin Stiftung
  • Network of European Foundations / Civitates

11. Natural persons whose annual contributions account for more than ten percent of our total annual income:

  • None.

We confirm that the decision-making bodies meet regularly and that the meetings are recorded in minutes. Questions to our organization are answered within a reasonable period of time. The financial reports are signed by name by one of our organization's decision-makers.

When auditing our annual financial report, compliance with this commitment is monitored by our internal accountant bodies or the auditor.

Matthias Spielkamp
Executive Director