From the beginnings, the Kolping Society has regarded itself as a free social movement and consequently, has always attached importance to its independence.

This autonomy in selecting its targets, in stamping its own imprint on its work, and also in the policy of bringing people together, is viewed as a prerequisite for effective com­mitment to Church, society and state.

In Order to realize its own aims, the Kolping Society seeks co-operation with social institutions and governments. To this end it encourages that the individual takes ad­vantage of every opportunity to contribute his own ideas to social and political life and gain recognition for these. However, every form of collaboration has set limits, particularly when the independence of the Organization is jeopardized.