About The Kavli Trust

The Kavli Trust – a different kind of owner

The Kavli Trust owns the dairy product company Q-meieriene and other Kavli businesses in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Great Britain. Ownership is managed through Kavli Holding AS.

Profit that is not used to cover operating expenses and business development goes to the Kavli Trust, a trust that awards funds to good causes within humanitarian work, research and culture.

The majority of the funds we allocate go to projects in the four countries where our companies operate. The rest goes to development projects in impoverished countries.

We support a broad spectrum of projects but prioritise some thematic areas. In the four countries where we operate, we prioritise mental health for children and youth, work for inclusion and prevention of loneliness, health research, and projects that give more people the opportunity to take part in and experience cultural events. In developing countries, we prioritise projects within education for children and youth, health, and different forms of entrepreneurship.

Our goal is to contribute to making a difference in the lives of individuals, in their local communities and to society as a whole.

See also: the statutes of the Kavli Trust

Download the 2017 information brochure about the Kavli Trust here (pdf)



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  • The Kavli group

    The Kavli group is wholly owned by the Kavli Trust through the Kavli Holding AS company. Turnover for the group in 2016 was NOK 3 billion, and we received NOK 150 million in dividend during 2016.

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  • Promotional material

    Download the graphic manual of the Kavli Trust and logos for printed and digital media.

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  • Statutes

    Our statutes describe the trust’s charitable purpose, owner responsibility and basic financing. They also provide guidelines for the composition of our board of trustees.

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  • Our history

    The history of the Kavli Trust began in 1872, the same year that Norway’s King Haakon VII was born, when Olav Kavli also entered the world.

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  • Annual reports

    We produce an annual report every year (in Norwegian only) to explain how our funds are managed and which projects we have supported over these 12 months. You can download reports for the past few years here.

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  • Board and administration

    Members of our board of trustees are required to have competence in the Kavli group’s business areas as well as experience from culture, research or humanitarian work. At least one trustee must have expertise in finance or investment activities.

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    This Privacy Policy details how the Kavli Trust processes the personal data that we collect in order to serve our collaborators, the public, and others.

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