Carl Zeiss Foundation

Structure of the Carl Zeiss Foundation

Structure of the Carl Zeiss Foundation

The Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation) is the owner of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG.

A number of German and non-German subsidiaries belong to the assets and organizational structure of the Carl Zeiss Group and the Schott Group.

The Carl Zeiss Foundation (only available in German)

SCHOTT – Glass made of ideas

Historical Milestones

Transformation of foundation companies into legally autonomous stock corporations

After German reunification, Carl Zeiss and SCHOTT take over the shares of their parent companies in Jena

Continued operations of the foundation companies in West Germany:
Carl Zeiss (Oberkochen) and SCHOTT (Mainz)

Ernst Abbe publishes the Carl Zeiss Foundation statue as the corporate constitution for the foundation companies

The Carl Zeiss Foundation is the sole owner of ZEISS and SCHOTT

Ernst Abbe establishes the Carl Zeiss Foundation

Otto Schott, Ernst Abbe, Carl and Roderich Zeiss establish the Glastechnisches Laboratorium Schott & Genossen in Jena

Carl Zeiss opens an optical workshop in Jena

Objectives and Responsibilities

(as per Section 1 of the Foundation charter)

The primary objectives of the Carl Zeiss Foundation are the responsible management of the foundation companies Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG as well as the financial security of the foundation companies. The Carl Zeiss Foundation is the sole shareholder.

The Foundation pursues its objectives and responsibilities...

... at the company through:

  • Specific business activities at the two companies
  • Fulfillment of its special social responsibility
  • Promotion of general interests in the optical and precision engineering industry
  • The promotion of charitable institutions at the foundation company sites

... outside the company through:

  • The promotion of research and teaching in the areas in which the Foundation companies and their subsidiaries operate.

The Foundation

The bodies of the Carl Zeiss Foundation are:

Foundation Administration

  • Allocations of subsidies for research and education
  • Changes to the Foundation constitution
  • Appointment of the members of the Foundation Council

Foundation Council

  • Attending to the Foundation’s economic interests as the sole shareholder of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG
  • Chairman will be elected by the Chairman of the Supervisory Board ("link" between the Foundation and the foundation companies)

Management Advisory Board

Hearing and consulting role for

  • selection of Foundation Council members
  • Allocation of subsidies
  • Changes to the Foundation constitution

Bodies of Carl Zeiss AG and its members

General Meeting

Management Board

Dr. Dieter Kurz
Prof. Dr. Andreas Barner
Dr. Eric Schweitzer

Dr. Karl Lamprecht
(President & CEO)
Dr. Matthias Metz
Dr. Ludwin Monz
Dr. Christian Müller
Dr. Jochen Peter
Dr. Markus Weber

Shareholders' representatives

Employees' representatives

Dr. Dieter Kurz
(Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Dr. Klaus Dieterich
Dr.-Ing. Mathias Kammüller
Dr. Joachim Kreuzburg
Dr. Carla Kriwet
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mlynek
Dr. Lothar Steinebach
Dr. Eberhard Veit

Angelika Franzke
(Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
Hariolf Abele
Prof. Dr. Martin Allespach
Gerhard Bösner
Andreas Kopf
Michael Kramer
Silke Müller
Andrea Sicker

Bodies of Carl Zeiss AG and its members