Volker Hauff

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Volker Hauff (2008)

Volker Hauff (* 9. August 1940 in Backnang ) is a German politician of the SPD .

From 1978 to 1980 he was Federal Minister for Research and Technology , from 1980 to 1982 Federal Minister for Transport and from 1989 to 1991 Lord Mayor of Frankfurt am Main .

Life and work

Volker Hauff (1986)

After attending grammar school and business school in Esslingen am Neckar , Hauff, who is a Protestant , passed his Abitur in 1959 and then completed a degree in economics and social sciences at the Free University of Berlin , which he completed in 1966 with a degree in economics. He then worked at the Documentation and Training Center for Theory and Method of Regional Research e. V. active. In 1968 he received his doctorate with the thesis possibilities of using program-controlled data processing systems for the analysis, manipulation and archiving of data from the field of empirical social research . From 1971 to 1972 he worked as an employee at IBM in Stuttgart .

After leaving politics, Hauff worked for Axel Springer Verlag from 1992 to 1994 . From 1995 to 2001 he was a general representative and a member of the board of management of KPMG Deutsche Treuhand-Gesellschaft AG . From 2001 to 2002 he was a board member for the Infrastructure & Public Sector division of KPMG Consulting GmbH (today BearingPoint GmbH), and from 2002 Senior Vice President at BearingPoint. From September 2001 to May 2010, Volker Hauff was Chairman of the German Government's Council for Sustainable Development . In March 2011, Volker Hauff was appointed to the Federal Government's ethics committee for a secure energy supply .

In March 2005, Volker Hauff became chairman of the supervisory board of Flughafen Köln / Bonn GmbH .

Volker Hauff is married and has two children. He is the younger brother of the SPD politician Sigurd Hauff (* 1935), who was a member of the Berlin House of Representatives and is the city ​​elder of Berlin .

Political activity

Volker Hauff has been a member of the SPD since 1959. He was a member of the German Bundestag from 1969 until his resignation on June 14, 1989 . There he was deputy chairman of the SPD parliamentary group from 1983 to 1988 and chairman of parliamentary group VI "Environment and Energy" from 1987 to 1988 . Volker Hauff took in 1972 and 1980 as directly selected delegates of the constituency Esslingen, in 1969 and 1976 on the national list Baden-Wuerttemberg and 1987 over the national list Hesse in the Bundestag one.

After the federal election in 1972 he was appointed Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Research and Technology in the Federal Government led by Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt . After a cabinet reshuffle in the spring of 1978, he was appointed Federal Minister for Research and Technology on February 16, 1978 in the government led by Helmut Schmidt . In 1979 he was considered a candidate for the office of federal manager of the SPD. After the federal election in 1980 he took over the management of the Federal Ministry of Transport on November 6, 1980 . After Helmut Kohl was elected Federal Chancellor, Hauff left the Federal Government on October 1, 1982.

Volker Hauff was one of the 19 agents of in 1983 by the United Nations launched and also as Brundtland Commission known, World Commission on Environment and Development . In 1987 the Expert Commission published the report “Our Common Future” . Volker Hauff was editor of the German version of the so-called Brundtland report . He formulated the concept of sustainable development for the first time and was the impetus for the global discourse on the topic of sustainability and thus a cross-generational and globally fair satisfaction of needs .

After running for this office in the local elections in 1984, Hauff was Lord Mayor of Frankfurt am Main from 1989 to 1991 . During his term of office, the most violent wing battles raged within the Frankfurt SPD. Hauff, who comes from Baden-Württemberg, was criticized above all for filling magistrate posts with "imports" from his home country, for example the head of culture, Linda Reisch, instead of Klaus Sturmfels from Frankfurt . The climax of the dispute was the naming of the then Frankfurt party chairman Anita Breithaupt as the successor of the outgoing social affairs officer Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt by the left wing of the party, which Hauff only learned from the newspaper. On March 11, 1991, Hauff finally resigned from his office because of these disputes with the Frankfurt party organization of the SPD.

Volker Hauff was a member of the Council for Sustainable Development from April 2001 and headed it from September 2001 to May 2010 as elected chairman. Hauff built on his experience as a representative of Germany in the UN World Commission for Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission), which met from 1985 to 1987 and laid the foundation for modern sustainability policy. As a member of the federal government and in the SPD's program work, Hauff had already campaigned for the modernization of the national economy, an exit from nuclear energy and the intensification of research and development on questions of sustainability . In his function as chairman of the leading advisory body of the German federal government on sustainability, the RNE , he was involved with numerous political recommendations, speeches and lectures. Hauff profiled the national sustainability strategy by successfully advocating the introduction of measurable goals and indicators , opening up state action to civil society and the economy and the Europeanization of national sustainability policy. The main focus topics for him were energy policy , the introduction of new methods for government action , for example for the energy efficiency of state properties, a change of course in European agricultural policy and a reduction in subsidies, as well as a stronger commitment of the economy to sustainability management .

Volker Hauff took part in the Chancellor’s energy summit in 2007/2008 and was a member of the ethics committee for a secure energy supply that Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a long time after the nuclear power accident in Fukushima, Japan in March 2011.

As a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Sustainability Award , he supports its objectives and further development and is involved in the appointment of the jury.

He is a member of the group advisory board of Deutsche Bahn .



The Munzinger archive claims that Volker Hauff is a descendant of the Swabian poet Wilhelm Hauff , without providing any sources. Since Wilhelm Hauff only had one daughter who died at the age of 17, direct descendants are unlikely.


  • with Theo Lutz : Programming primer. A comprehensive introduction to programming digital calculators. Telekosmos-Verlag, Franckh'sche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart 1965.
  • with Fritz W. Scharpf : Modernization of the National Economy. Technology policy as structural policy . European publishing company, Frankfurt am Main u. a. 1975, ISBN 3-434-00266-9 .
  • as editor with Wolfgang Klauder (as editor): Energy, Growth, Jobs (=  arguments in the energy discussion . Volume 4/5 ). Neckar-Verlag, Villingen-Schwenningen 1978, ISBN 3-7883-0829-X .
  • as editor with Wolfgang Klauder (as editor): Arguments in the energy discussion. Energy supply and quality of life. (=  Arguments in the energy discussion . Volume 6 ). Neckar-Verlag, Villingen 1978, ISBN 3-7883-0830-3 .
  • Speechless politics. On the difficulty of being thoughtful (=  Fischer pocket books. Information on the time . Volume 4215 ). Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag, Frankfurt am Main 1979, ISBN 3-596-24215-0 .
  • Energy transition. From outrage to reform. With the latest reports on the exit from nuclear energy (=  Knaur. Sachbuch aktuell . Volume 3853 ). Droemersche Verlagsanstalt Knaur, Munich 1986, ISBN 3-426-03853-6 .
  • Think globally, act locally. A political conclusion . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1992, ISBN 3-462-02164-8 .
  • as editor with Günther Bachmann: Bottom line. Inheritance and inheritance for the Germany of tomorrow. A generation balance . Oekom Verlag, Munich 2006, ISBN 3-86581-041-1 .

Web links

Commons : Volker Hauff  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Supervisory board of Flughafen Köln / Bonn GmbH
  2. ^ SPD: Sack and donkey . In: Der Spiegel . No. 40 , 1979 ( online ).
  3. Own pigs . In: Der Spiegel . No. 23 , 1995, pp. 52-54 ( online ).
  4. Swirling Maultasche . In: Der Spiegel . No. 12 , 1991 ( online ).
  5. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952 (PDF; 6.9 MB)
  6. Hauff honored with the 1st international TÜV Rheinland Global Compact Award.
  7. ^ Munzinger biography