A responsible and environmentally friendly handling of plastic is one of the most pressing global challenges of our time. We want a world in which technological progress serves the preservation of natural resources rather than endangering them.
We, the Röchling Foundation, are convinced that the protection of our environment can only be achieved through the joint commitment of civil society, business, science and politics.
That is why we connect researchers, activists and entrepreneurs to promote their cooperation. Our vision is to create and fund cooperation.
Our Cooperations & Partners
It is obvious that complex, global problems such as those in the field of plastic and environment cannot be solved with individual activities. It is only when education for sustainable development, scientific research for new material cycles, activities to repair already occurred damage and far-sighted political action complement and reinforce each other, that effective solutions can be found.
The Röchling Foundation invests in the four fields of action mentioned above. The dissemination and consolidation of successful solutions is more important to us than new model projects.
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The Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees of the Röchling Foundation determines the focus of the Foundation’s work, conceives the strategy and decides on projects and collaborations.
The Röchling-Stiftung GmbH is represented by three shareholders who act in place of the entire entrepreneurial family. The shareholders serve as trustees for the foundation’s purpose and therefore do not hold their shares for their own benefit. In addition, the shareholders determine the annual financial framework for the foundation’s activities.
As a longstanding member of the Board of Trustees Karin Röchling has made a special contribution to the Röchling Foundation. As patroness, she continues to support the foundation’s work with her extensive experience in an advisory and accompanying manner.
Management and team are responsible for the conceptual and operative work of the foundation. A close, trusting and measurable cooperation with all partners from civil society, research, business and politics is paramount for the daily work of the Röchling Foundation team office.
We like plastic and hate plastic waste. Is that a paradox? No, quite the opposite.
The Röchling Foundation was founded in 1990 by the Röchling family. In almost 200 years, the same family has transformed a coal business into a leading global group of companies for innovative products made of high-performance plastic. The Röchlings therefore know where plastic belongs – and where it doesn’t.
Social responsibility has always shaped the history of the family and the company. The entrepreneurial family built up factory kindergartens and schools, milk kitchens, training opportunities, a pension fund and affordable housing even before Bismarck’s social legislation came into force.
The challenges have changed. The responsibility remains.