Since the early 1970s, the Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation has been active in promoting understanding of economic aspects - in particular among young people. The Foundation wants to arouse interest in economic matters. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that young people have access to the knowledge necessary for critical examination and debate on economic questions.
Economy Weeks - the core activity of the Foundation
The Foundation's best-known activity is the Economy Weeks joint project. Working together with the Chambers of Industry and Commerce and numerous Swiss companies, the Foundation holds project weeks in Swiss higher secondary schools (Gymnasien). Managers from the world of industry and commerce guide the Economy Weeks, acting as instructors.
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.
The operation of the Ernst Schmidheiny Foundation is paid for by annual contributions of the company Holcim (Switzerland) AG as well as the Lotex Foundation. The Foundation's assets are intended for the further development of foundation projects.
The work of the Ernst Schmidheiny foundation is purely operational, i.e. it does not provide any funds to other projects. Please do not make any applications for funds to the Foundation.