Carl Zeiss Foundation

The Carl Zeiss Foundation (in German Stiftung) is the sole shareholder of SCHOTT AG and Carl Zeiss AG.
Carl Zeiss Foundation 2019
It is one of the oldest and one of the best known company-linked foundations in all of Germany. Its main objectives are to ensure the foundation companies’ long-term existence and promote the sciences by paying out dividends. In accordance with its statute, the Foundation is not permitted to sell shares in its companies. With this special constellation, SCHOTT and ZEISS have a unique corporate model.

With the dividends from SCHOTT AG and Carl Zeiss AG the foundation promotes the natural sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences at universities in Baden-Wuerttemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Thuringia. These are the federal states in which the foundation and the foundation companies have their headquarters.

The Carl Zeiss Foundation was founded in 1889 in Jena by the physicist and entrepreneur Ernst Abbe with the support of SCHOTT company founder Otto Schott. ​​​​​​​