125 years of the Carl Zeiss Foundation

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The Carl Zeiss Foundation

  • Structure

    Structure of the Carl Zeiss Foundation

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

    Affiliated with Carl Zeiss AG and Schott AG are a number of German and non-German subsidiaries that are combined as an organization in the Carl Zeiss Group and the Schott Group.

  • Historical Milestones

    Historical Milestones

    Transformation of the foundation company into legally independent stock companies

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

    Continuation of the foundation company in West Germany:
    Carl Zeiss (Oberkochen) and SCHOTT (Mainz)

    Ernst Abbe issues the charter of Carl Zeiss Foundation as the corporate constitution of the Foundation

    Carl Zeiss Foundation becomes the sole owner of the ZEISS and SCHOTT plants

    Carl Zeiss Foundation established by Ernst Abbe.

    Otto Schott, Ernst Abbe, Carl and Roderich Zeiss found the glass laboratory Schott & Co. in Jena.

    Carl Zeiss establishes an optics workshop in Jena

  • Objectives and Responsibilities

    Objectives and Responsibilities

    (in accordance with 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 …

    ... within the companies by:

    • pursuing specific business activities of the companies,
    • exercising special social responsibility,
    • promoting the general interests of the optical and precision engineering industries,
    • supporting nonprofit organizations at the locations of the Foundation companies


    ... outside the company by:

    • Promoting research and education in the fields in which the Foundation companies and their subsidiaries are active.
  • Carl Zeiss Foundation

    The Foundation

    The Carl Zeiss Foundation is primarily composed of three bodies:

    Foundation Administration
    • Allocating subsidies for research and education
    • Amending the Foundation charter
    • Appointing members of the Foundation Council
    Foundation Council
    • Attending to the economic interests of the foundation as the sole shareholder of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG
    • Chairman is to be elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Foundation companies ("link" between the Foundation and the Foundation companies)
    Management Advisory Board

    Provides hearings and
    consultation for

    • selecting the members of the Foundation Council
    • allocating subsidies
    • amending the Foundation charter

  • Carl Zeiss AG

    Bodies of Carl Zeiss AG and its Members

    General Meeting
    • Dr. Dieter Kurz
    • Dr. Thomas Lindner
    • Dr. Eric Schweitzer
    Supervisory Board
    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
    • Manfred Wicht
      (Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
    • Hariolf Abele
    • Prof. Dr. Martin Allespach
    • Angelika Franzke
    • Roland Hamm
    • Dr. Joachim Heppner
    • Eva-Maria Menzel
    • Wilhelm Ulrich
    Executive Board
    • Dr. Michael Kaschke
      (President and CEO)
    • Dr. Karl Lamprecht
    • Dr. Matthias Metz
    • Dr. Ludwin Monz
    • Dr. Jochen Peter
    • Thomas Spitzenpfeil

    Bodies of SCHOTT AG and their Members


    Further information on the SCHOTT management board and supervisory board:

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