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.

The Carl Zeiss Foundation

SCHOTT – Glass Made of Ideas

Historical Milestones

2004
Transformation of the foundation company into legally independent stock companies

1991/1995
After German reunification, Carl Zeiss and SCHOTT take over the shares of their parent companies in Jena

1946/1952
Continuation of the foundation company in West Germany:
Carl Zeiss (Oberkochen) and SCHOTT (Mainz)

1896
Ernst Abbe issues the charter of Carl Zeiss Foundation as the corporate constitution of the Foundation

2004
Transformation of the foundation company into legally independent stock companies

1991/1995
After German reunification, Carl Zeiss and SCHOTT take over the shares of their parent companies in Jena

1946/1952
Continuation of the foundation company in West Germany:
Carl Zeiss (Oberkochen) and SCHOTT (Mainz)

1896
Ernst Abbe issues the charter of Carl Zeiss Foundation as the corporate constitution of the Foundation

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.

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

Bodies of Carl Zeiss AG and its Members

General Meeting

Executive Board

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

Dr. Michael Kaschke
(President and CEO)
Dr. Karl Lamprecht
Dr. Matthias Metz
Dr. Ludwin Monz
Dr. Jochen Peter
Thomas Spitzenpfeil

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
Gerhard Bösner
Eva-Maria Menzel
Wilhelm Ulrich