The Danish industrial foundations

Industrial foundations are foundations which own business companies.  Well known examples are Robert Bosch, A. P. Møller Maersk, Bertelsmann or the Tata group. This special combination of charity and business is not uncommon in Northern Europe, but we know relatively little about them.  This site is dedicated to a research project which will try to shed some light on them – how many there are, how they are regulated, how they influence the companies that they own and so on. The project is conducted at the , Copenhagen Business School from 2011 to 2018.



Industrial foundations play a particularly important role in Danish business, but they are also found in Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Germany. The Danish foundation-owned companies  employ more than 300.000 people. The Tata Group employs more than 425.000.


The project started in autumn 2011 and is expected to run until 2018. The project will  present results quarterly or biannually in terms of working papers, reports and open seminars. The project was organized by the Center for Corporate Governance, Copenhagen Business School. As part of the project, the center will continuously seek expertise from Danish and foreign researchers and research assistants.