Kavli Trust is the foundation that owns the entire Kavli Group, and which distributes the entire profit to good causes.
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Knut Kavli, son of founder Olav Kavli, established Kavli Trust on April 25, 1962, and made the foundation the sole owner of the Kavli.
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.
See also: The statutes of Kavli Trust
This is how the funds are allocated
Kavli Trust distributes profits from the Kavli Group in four different ways:
1) OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
Kavli Trust finds most of the projects they support through outreach activities. The administration of Kavli Trust identifies projects within the foundation’s priority areas. The exception is the Kavli Trust Programme on Health Research. In the current allocation strategy Kavli Trust prioritises projects that promote child and adolescent mental health. The foundation also prioritises projects that promote smart solutions for the climate and environment, especially within responsible consumption and production.
2) THE KAVLI TRUST PROGRAMME ON HEALTH RESEARCH
In the years 2017-2025, Kavli Trust will distribute up to NOK 215 million to research in child and adolescent mental health. These funds are
allocated through an annual call for proposals, which is operated by Kavli Trust in collaboration with Dam Foundation (Stiftelsen Dam).
3) EMPLOYEE NOMINATIONS
Once a year, the more than 900 employees in the Kavli Group take part in deciding who will receive funding from Kavli through the so-called employee nominations. All employees can nominate local projects in Norway, Sweden, and the UK. In 2022, Kavli’s employees distributed NOK 10 million.
4) LOVE TO SHARE: LOCAL CHARITIES
Since 2020, the Kavli companies have distributed funds to local charities in the four countries where the group operates. Consumers are invited to nominate local causes that are close to their hearts. The campaigns are called Love to Share, which is also the motto of the Kavli Group. These funds are announced. It is always the Board of Kavli Trust that decides which projects will receive support.
Kavli Trust’s allocation strategy prioritises the following areas:
• Child and adolescent mental health, in particular preventive interventions, life skills and education.
• The climate and environment, with an emphasis on responsible consumption and production.
THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Kavli Trust focuses on four of the UN Sustainable Development Goals as a foundation for our priority areas:
- Goal 3: Good health and well-being
- Goal 4: Quality education
- Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production
- Goal 13: Combat climate change
Today, about 70 percent of Kavli Trust’s funds are allocated to charitable causes in the four countries where the Kavli Group operates: Norway, Sweden, Finland and the UK. The remaining 30 percent is allocated to international aid projects in countries where poverty is