Social responsibility – Kühne Foundation

Sustainable commitment.



The Kühne Foundation, which was founded in Switzerland in 1976, is renowned for its initiatives to promote academic teaching, further education, training and research in the fields of logistics and transport. It also supports medical, cultural and humanitarian projects. The Kühne Foundation is operationally active and initiates almost all of the projects it funds. The sole donor of this public trust foundation, Prof. Dr. h. c. Klaus-Michael Kühne, regards his commitment to quality and sustainability as an important part of his social responsibility as an entrepreneur.

Support in the field of logistics

The foundation’s goal is to support and develop logistics as a scientific field. Logistics is facing major challenges: Digitalisation, globalisation and the call for more sustainability are creating new, complex interactions that require pro-active shaping and integrated thinking. The Kühne Foundation connects research institutions that provide scientific supervision of new developments and supports further education of the current and upcoming generation of managers. The Kühne Logistics University (KLU), founded in Hamburg in 2010, promotes pioneering research and practice-oriented teaching in transport, global logistics and supply chain management. In 2017, the KLU was granted the right confer doctorate degrees by the Hamburg Senate, another important milestone in the development of the university. 

The Kühne Foundation also supports academic chairs and competence and training centres at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin), Tongji University, Shanghai and the German Foreign Trade & Logistics Academy (DAV), Bremen.

Humanitarian Logistics – HELP

HELP Logistics, a programme of the Kühne Foundation, is a training and consulting group registered in 2014 and based in Schindellegi, Switzerland. Since 2016, HELP has three regional offices in Singapore (Asia), Amman (Middle East) and Nairobi (East Africa) with eleven dedicated fulltime logistics and supply chain experts. HELP’s goal is to make humanitarian responses more efficient (to save cost) and effective (to save time). In 2017, a year marked by numerous crises, HELP supported 34 humanitarian organisations and local governments in 29 countries through the successful delivery of 44 logistics and supply chain projects.


Medicine – Allergy Research and Education

Around the world, roughly one billion people are affected by allergic diseases and asthma. The Christine Kühne Centre for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE), founded in 2009, concentrates on funding research and therapy into allergic diseases as well as supporting training of specialists to contribute to the resolution of allergy-related problems in as focused and effective a way as possible. CK-CARE is a Davos-based association of leading international scientists.

Cultural Projects

In the field of culture, the Kühne Foundation gives support mainly to music and literature. In 2017, many concerts, operas and festivals in Switzerland, Germany and Austria were again funded. These include the Lucerne Festival, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, the Salzburg Festival, the opening festival for the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Baden-Baden Festival, Zurich Opera House, the Symphony Orchestra of the Canton of Schwyz and the Music Summer on Lake Zurich as well as the Harbour Front Literature Festival in Hamburg.

2017 Promotional funding projects



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