To promote interest in and understanding of economic matters
The Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation was founded in 1972/73 by the former Cementfabrik Holderbank AG (now Holcim Ltd.) on the occasion of the 70th birthday of Dr. h.c. Ernst Schmidheiny. The Foundation promotes understanding of and interest in economic aspects, particularly among young people.
Aims and social effects
Every young person in Switzerland should become intensely involved at least once during his or her schooldays with economic matters and basic economic principles. The Foundation promotes education in general economics, particularly among young people. The aim of the Foundation is to create "enlightened citizens" who have the capacity to make objective judgements in social matters, even when highly complex questions are involved. In this way, the Foundation contributes to communities and community life in Switzerland.
The Foundation stands for factual, neutral communication of knowledge. The fundamental values the Foundation supports are: democracy, the social market economy, social partnership and ecological sustainability.