About Kavli Trust

Kavli Trust is a different kind of owner. For 60 years we have donated all profits from the Kavli Group to good causes.

Kavli Trust is the foundation that owns the entire Kavli Group, and which distributes the entire profit to good causes.

Read more: The father of spreadable cheese

Knut Kavli, son of founder Olav Kavli, established Kavli Trust on April 25, 1962, and made the foundation the sole owner of the Kavli.

Read more: The beginning of Kavli Trust – a foundation is born

Profits from The Kavli Group, which includes Primula Cheese and Castle MacLellan in the UK, enabled Kavli Trust to allocate £6,8 million to good causes in 2022.

As the sole owner of the Kavli Group, Kavli Trust works purposefully to ensure that the profits from Kavli are managed efficiently and in a way that creates ripple effects in people’s lives, both for individuals and for society.

Our ownership is managed through Kavli Holding AS.

The majority of the funds, 70 percent, are allocated to projects in the four countries where Kavli has food production: Norway, Sweden, Finland and the UK. The rest goes to international aid projects in countries where poverty, economic inequality and other humanitarian challenges are widespread.

We support a broad spectrum of projects, but prioritise two thematic areas:

1) Child and adolescent mental health
2) Climate and environment

See also: The statutes of Kavli Trust

Our annual reports



  • Gallery

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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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  • A story worth sharing

    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 to explain how our funds are managed and which projects we have supported over the last year.

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  • Administration and board

    Here you can read about our administration and board.

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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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