Haniel Foundation
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Acting conscientiously

The foundation in figures

What are our focal areas? What’s the story with growth and funding? Together with experts, the Haniel Foundation reviews its work and its strategic focus every five years. Good foundation practice includes transparency, clear and binding operating principles and the publishing of our principles.

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Far-sighted action

Founding company

Acting with foresight and taking social aspects into account – this is a principle that the grandchild of the company founder Franz Haniel was already pursuing in order to increase the value of the company and to take on social responsibility.

© Stephan Brendgen
Promoting change and exchange


With the »Haniel Lecture«, started in 1993, and the »Haniel Circle«, founded in 2007, the Haniel Foundation is proactively addressing social exchange and change.

In our globally networked world of work, intercultural competencies are in demand.
© Alexander Muchnik
‘Strengthening future managers and the image of entrepreneurs within society’

Promoting future generations

The Haniel Foundation stands for value-oriented entrepreneurship – out of a sense of tradition and conviction. Focusing on sustainable ideas and creative approaches to societal change, we promote talented up-and-coming managers.

Scholarship holders of the Haniel scholarship over the rooftops of Berlin
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Qualifications for working internationally

Haniel Scholarship Program

The German students who qualify for a Haniel scholarship from the study foundation each year are given the perfect preparation for a future in an international company. This gives them the opportunity to then embark on business-related postgraduate studies at leading universities around the world.

Pupils in the Willy Brandt School of public Policy
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Shaping change

Willy Brandt School of Public Policy

A business mindset and application-oriented analytical methods are in demand not only in the private sector. They are also used by decision makers in not-for-profit organizations, who thus promote sociopolitical change. The Haniel Foundation has therefore been lending its support to the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy since the school was founded.