ECE is active in a wide range of organizations and associations whose aim is to promote urban development, civic planning and the retail trade as well as to revitalize the inner cities. This page contains information about the memberships of ECE and the company's commitment in the above-mentioned areas.


ICSC – International Council of Shopping Centers

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. The council has more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries, including  shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers, brokers, as well as academics and public officials.

ECE has been a committed member of the ICSC for approx. 20 years. As the global industry trade association, the ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world.


DGNB – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen

The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) aims to identify and promote concepts and solutions that ensure sustainable building. This includes the planning of buildings as well as their construction and use.

DGNB considers itself a platform for the exchange of knowledge, for further education, and aims to sensitize the general public for this future-oriented field of the construction industry. It pursues a holistic approach which takes into account the environmental, economic, and social aspects.

Zentraler Immobilien Ausschuss e.V. (ZIA)

The German Property Federation (ZIA) is one of the most important lobby groups of the industry. ZIA perceives itself as the voice of the real estate industry and represents its members, among them more than 20 associations, and 37,000 companies of the industry.

It is its aim to provide the diverse real estate industry with a comprehensive and unified lobby which corresponds to its importance for the economy.

As a federation for companies and associations, ZIA provides a voice for the real estate industry on national and international level – and in the Federation of German Industries (BDI).  Dr. Andreas Mattner, Managing Director of ECE, is president of ZIA.

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Urban Land Institute (ULI)

The Urban Land Institute is an international, non-profit research and education organization which is committed to the topics of sustainable use and development of urban working and living environments.

Founded in Washington D.C. in 1936, ULI is today represented worldwide and has more than 40,000 members, among them over 3,000 in Europe.  ULI is being renowned for its foresighted research for leading and sustainable standards in terms of regional planning, urban planning and the real estate industry. The institute provides a multidisciplinary real estate forum for industry leaders and experts of the real estate industry and the public sector.

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EHI Retail Institute e.V.

EHI is a scientific institute of commerce which conducts research on topics which are relevant to the future of retailing.

These include information technology, payment systems, logistics, packaging, security technology, e-commerce, business types, shop interiors and marketing. All studies are prepared in close cooperation with representatives of the member companies. Among its members are international trading companies and the respective industry associations, manufacturers of consumer and investment products, and various service providers.

Institute for Corporate Governance in the German Real Estate Industry

ECE is a member of the "Institute for Corporate Governance in the German Real Estate Industry". More than 60 companies, in particular major market players with international business operations, have joined forces in a commitment to ”good corporate governance" and have dedicated themselves to a value-centered corporate governance, professionalism, transparency, integrity, and sustainability.

The authoritative set of rules for corporate governance in Germany is the so-called "Cromme Code" drafted by the "Governmental Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code" headed by Gerhard Cromme, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Thyssen-Krupp in 2001/2002. The code was subsequently incorporated into section 161 of the German Companies Act (AktG).  The Cromme Code is reviewed and updated, where necessary, on a continuous basis. The initiative has placed the implementation of the code in day-to-day corporate activities under the heading "value management".  Only by implementing the rules can a company acquire the desired profile in the long term.


German Council of Shopping Centers e.V. (GCSC)

GCSC e.V. is an interest group of the retail-oriented commercial property and shopping center sector.

Companies from the areas of retail properties, entertainment, financing, center management, marketing, architecture, development and analysis as well as retail form an interest pool which provides various support.

German Council of Shopping Centers e.V. supports and represents the interests of its 750 members, facilitates the decision-making process to the outside and organizes, provides information, and creates business contacts.  GSCS offers its members various services, such as organizing conventions, regional meetings including the tour of shopping centers and commercial properties, publications or contact facilitation to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ISCS) and the national branches in Europe.  Klaus Striebich, ECE Managing Director Leasing, chairs the management board of GCSC.

GEFMA - German Facility Management Association

Founded in 1989, GEFMA views itself as the German network of decision makers in the facility management industry and currently represents 850 members.

GEFMA promotes the facility management industry, maintains contacts to government and research and is cooperation partner for studies and projects. Furthermore, the association promotes uniform training and further education standards, certifies publicly and privately-managed education providers, and grants awards to individuals for their exceptional performance. Furthermore, GEFMA is involved in developing guidelines for a uniform quality standard of facility management services.