Our country ignores a system of governance largely spread in Europe : in Denmark, Germany, Norway and Switzerland, … industrial and commercial firms are commonly owned by foundation. Indeed, who knew that Bosch or Bertelsmann (Germany), Rolex (Switzerland), Ikea (Sweden), Carlsberg (Denmark), or Pierre Fabre (France) belonged to… foundations?
This website was created in parallel with the publication of the first European study on Shareholder Foundations. The aim is to gather actors and share knowledge regarding this new socio-economic model.
What is a shareholder foundation ?
A shareholder foundation describes a non-profit foundation that owns an industrial or commercial firm. The former holds all or part of the shares of the latter, in addition to the majority of voting rights – or at least a blocking minority.
Why a European study ?