1983: The SES is established as a pilot project by the German Association of Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK, then known as the DIHT). The first expert to be posted abroad completes an assignment in Brazil.

1985: The SES becomes a limited company and non-profit organisation. The first shareholders are the DIHK, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and the Carl Duisberg Fördererkreis (CDF).

1990: The first assignment in Germany is completed in the state of Thuringia.

1992: The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) becomes the fourth SES shareholder.

2002: The Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA) replaces the CDF as the fourth SES shareholder.

2003: The SES Foundation is established. The BDA, BDI, DIHK and ZDH transfer their shares in SES GmbH to the foundation. From now on, the SES Foundation is the sole shareholder in SES GmbH.

2006: A scheme is launched for schools. ‘Neue Impulse für Schülerinnen und Schüler’ delivers new impetus for students.

2008: The VerA initiative (‘Verhinderung von Ausbildungsabbrüchen’) is launched, which is dedicated to preventing apprentices from dropping out of their courses.

2009: The SES receives an award in the competition ‘365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas’.

2012: The SES receives an award as part of the initiative ‘Germany – Land of Long Life’.

2014: The SES receives the Otto Mühlschlegel Prize from the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

2015: Integration assistance projects are launched to support young refugees and migrants.

2017: The SES establishes Weltdienst 30+ for experts and executives who are taking some time off work.