ZDH – The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts

Foto: ZDH/Tomek Kwiatosz

DHKT and UDH are confederated in the ZDH (German Confederation of Skilled Crafts). ZDH has its headquarters in Berlin. 

The purpose of the ZDH is to reach a consensus on all major issues in crafts policy. It represents the overall interests of the skilled crafts sector vis-à-vis the Bundestag, the Federal Government and other central authorities, the European Union and international organisations.


The ZDH is one of the central organizations of German industry and also cooperates with partner associations in the Mittelstand working group.

At European level, ZDH is a member of SMEunited (formerly UEAPME) and of Small Business Standards, the SME association responsible for standardisation. ZDH has a representation to the European Union in Brussels, responsible for coordinating activities related to European policy affecting skilled craft companies. It also cooperates with partner organisations at European and international levels as well as with other European confederations and the institutions of the European Union.