The Carl Zeiss Foundation (in German Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung) is probably the oldest and one of the best known company-linked foundations in all of Germany. It is the sole shareholder of SCHOTT AG, Mainz, and Carl Zeiss AG, Oberkochen (Germany).
Its main objectives are
ensure the long-term existence of the foundation companies SCHOTT AG and Carl Zeiss AG
and to promote the sciences by paying out dividends
The Foundation is not permitted to sell shares in its companies.