The Carl Zeiss Foundation

In 1889, physicist and entrepreneur Ernst Abbe created The Carl Zeiss Foundation , the sole stockholder of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG. This special ownership structure ensures stability and creates long-term perspectives.

The objectives of the Foundation stipulated by Abbe remain valid to this very day:

  • Safeguarding the future and responsible management of the two Foundation companies
  • Fulfilling its special responsibility toward employees
  • Meeting its responsibility toward society through the commitment of its member companies to non-profit activities in their surrounding regions, the promotion of science

With this unique corporate model, the Carl Zeiss Foundation and its two member companies made industrial and social history in Germany.

The Foundation uses the dividends generated by Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG to promote science – in particular the natural and engineering sciences, and mathematics and information technology at universities in the German federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia.