A company with history
A firm conviction, a brilliant idea, a first step: that’s how all good stories start. When Franz Cornelsen established a publishing house in 1946 in the wake of the Second World War, he followed a simple credo: “Those who can talk to each other don’t wage wars against each other.” It was the first step on a long and successful journey. The textbook “Peter Pim and Billy Ball” revolutionised English teaching in the early years of the Federal Republic of Germany. Cornelsen established itself as the English market leader and gradually expanded its profile.
Today, the Cornelsen Group is headed by its majority shareholder the Franz Cornelsen Foundation, established in 1968, and is one of the leading providers of educational media in the German-speaking world. At our headquarters in Berlin and at five other locations, more than 1,600 employees work for our well-known brands such as Cornelsen Verlag, Duden, VERITAS and Verlag an der Ruhr.
We will continue to do everything in our power to foster the credo of our company founder and help shape the world of learning. The long history of our company is valuable evidence that only those who continuously challenge themselves and remain in close dialogue with society can lead the way and stay at the top. We appreciate the new perspectives and opportunities that arise from such a strategy. Because powerful development is the foundation of every successful story.