Axfoundation is an independent, non-profit organization whose objective is to establish venues and conditions for real change that propel us toward a sustainable society. Our work often involves building bridges between researchers, experts, decision-makers and practitioners. Both research and experience show that collaborations between disciplines and across industries are a very effective way to generate new ideas and solutions.
Our Mission Statement
Axfoundation is a catalyst that challenges, arouses debate, inspires, spreads knowledge and drives processes that lead to sustainable action and transformative change. Our proximity to the many companies in the Axel Johnson Group gives us insight into the practical sustainability problems with which the business sector is struggling. It also reinforces our idea of entrepreneurship as a force for change.
Our Programs and Practices
The operation is divided into three programs: Environment, Social Sustainability and Children & Youth. We initiate and run many of our own projects, but we also cooperate with other organizations and initiatives in the field of sustainable development. In discussions with relevant experts, we identify what is required to progress with a current issue. The solution could include corporate partnerships, seminars, workshops, roundtable discussions, financial support, policy influence or other things. It all depends on what is considered the best option for achieving real sustainable change in the area. We also work with the dissemination of knowledge, for example through public seminars and publications.
Entrepreneurship as a Force for Change
We believe that entrepreneurship is a force for change. Through our close relationship with the many companies within the Axel Johnson Group, we have direct access to real-world sustainability challenges — and opportunities — that the business sector is facing. Many of our activities are also conducted in collaboration with companies within the Axel Johnson Group. In those cases, Axfoundation works to support sustainability-related projects that lie outside ordinary corporate sustainability efforts.
In our external projects, we often work together with other stakeholders for sustainable change within a particular industry or issue. We are an active project partner that in most cases contributes expertise and management as well as financial resources. In exceptional cases, we only contribute financial support but are then often involved in initiating and designing the project from the start.
Inspire to Act & Act to Inspire
We think it’s good to have a motto. If you are forced to express your goals or underlying thoughts in a very concise way, you have to be more focused and that’s usually a good idea. Our motto is Inspire to Act & Act to Inspire. It means that we want to inspire people who come in contact with what we do to take action for a sustainable world, either together with us or on their own.