As a central legal basis for the Foundation and both companies, Ernst Abbe publishes a comprehensive statute in 1896. This statute is based on special values and principles which place people and community in the center. These guidelines have remained essentially unchanged to this day.
In the company philosophy, responsibility for the employees and for society retain a central position. Thus, Ernst Abbe provides an early example for responsible and future-oriented corporate governance – long before principles such as modern labor law and sustainability become guiding principles in companies.
The Foundation promotes science and research in the fields of natural and engineering sciences. The promotional activity is limited to the German federal states of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia.
Social and societal engagement
The education and science fund, and the Carl Zeiss Promotion Fund of ZEISS.
The Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation) is the owner of Carl Zeiss AG and SCHOTT AG.