The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute is part of the «Im Grüene» Foundation. In keeping with the founder's wishes, the GDI is a non-profit organisation set up as a «place for reflection and encounters» for the purpose of conducting «scientific research in the social and economic fields».The researchers at the GDI investigate megatrends and countertrends and develop future scenarios. Their insights are recorded in various publications and discussed at conferences and meetings. The GDI is a practice-oriented, independent institution with a thematic focus on the early detection of trends in retail and consumption.
As a place for encounters, the GDI hosts conferences with leading thinkers and decision-makers to develop novel ideas about future developments. In addition, the institute also organises events on current topics for a broader public. Over and above this, the GDI also rents out spaces and infrastructure for business and private functions.