The association, the stock corporation and the foundation are all brought together under the umbrella of the TÜV Rheinland Group. The nucleus of the global testing company is an association, the present-day TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg Pfalz e.V. As a nonprofit organization, it has been and is the holder of virtually all governmental commissions. It has spun off essential operational testing activities to subsidiaries, which it groups through TÜV Rheinland Aktiengesellschaft, founded in 1993. The association is the sole shareholder of this company. Together with TÜV Rheinland Foundation—which is committed to social issues—the association and the stock corporation form the TÜV Rheinland Group or, simply expressed, TÜV Rheinland.
Pursuant to its charter, TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg Pfalz e.V. is independent. The purpose of the association is to engage in impartial consulting, assessment, testing and monitoring in safety and transportation technology, energy technology and environmental protection. The testing activity is conducted by TÜV Rheinland AG and its companies. Because the association has no intention to realize a profit as a shareholder, there is no pressure of shareholder value thinking. The subsidiaries’ profits is used to safeguard and further develop the purpose of the association. This form of organization is a vital requisite for the independent testing work of the TÜV Rheinland experts.
TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg Pfalz e.V. is largely supported by industrial and commercial enterprises. The association is the sole shareholder of TÜV Rheinland AG, which runs the testing business of the Group. The members of the association, which includes small and medium-sized enterprises as well as large corporations, support the fundamental principles of improving the technical safety of equipment and products through an independent additional inspection, such as that which the testing companies of TÜV Rheinland perform. The members of the association have no influence whatsoever over the day-to-day operations of the testing business, nor do they have any financial interests or share any profits or other immediate financial benefits as a result of their membership.