The Kuehne 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 Kuehne 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 Kuehne, regards his commitment to quality and sustainability as an important part of his social responsibility as an entrepreneur.
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 Kuehne 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. The Kuehne Foundation also supports academic chairs at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Berlin Institute of Technology (TU Berlin), Tongji University, Shanghai, the German Foreign Trade & Traffic Academy (DAV), Bremen, and other projects of further education in logistics.
The Kuehne Foundation launched its HELP programme in 2010 in response to the growing challenges around the humanitarian supply chain and logistics. In 2014, HELP Logistics AG was founded as a non-profit organisation in Schindellegi, Switzerland. Its goal is to improve effectiveness, efficiency and transparency in the logistics processes of international emergency aid. HELP is currently operating in Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
Around the world, roughly one billion people are affected by allergic diseases and asthma. The Christine Kuehne Center for Allergy Research and Education (CK-CARE), founded in 2009, concentrates on funding research into allergic diseases as well as supporting training of specialists in order to make a focused and effective contribution to solving allergy-related problems. CK-CARE is a Davos-based association of leading international working groups.
In the field of culture, the Kuehne Foundations give support mainly to music and literature. In 2016, 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 Hamburg State Opera, the 2nd Hamburg International Music Festival, the Baden-Baden Festival, Zurich Opera House, and the Music Summer on Lake Zurich as well as the Harbour Front Literature Festival in Hamburg.