'Do Tank' not a Think Tank
Axfoundation takes on practical sustainability challenges holistically at the point where environmental, social and economic sustainability meet and overlap. We see our organization as more of a ‘do tank’ than a think tank. We accelerate and innovate solutions within: Future Food, Circular Economy, Sustainable Production and Consumption.
“Axfoundation is a catalyst that challenges. We want to inspire, share knowledge, spark debate and drive processes both locally and globally. It takes courage, curiosity and power to bring about real change. In some projects we take on the role of project managers, in others we are bridge builders. Sometimes we are the initiators. Regardless, we always have one mission: act to inspire and inspire.” – Maria Smith, Secretary General, Axfoundation
In Axfoundation’s Progress Report 2020 Act to inspire & inspire to act, we share an extract of successful results – but also examples of times when things didn’t go quite as planned. Because to innovate sustainable solutions and achieve transformative change, we need courage to fail.
Getting things done
We believe that entrepreneurship is a powerful force for change. And we are convinced that companies of all sizes have important roles to play in contributing to the sustainable development of society. Axfoundation uses business as an accelerator of long-term transformative change. Our proximity to the Axel Johnson Group means that we can often start with a pilot project in a company. We then broaden the approach by including relevant partners and providing small-scale solutions with growth power – both within and outside the Group. The starting point is always a practical sustainability challenge.
“Axfoundation combines impartiality with high ambitions, flexibility, a practical focus and strong partnerships. We find strength in our access to a large corporate group. It gives us the power to test new ideas and the opportunity to influence and contribute to transformative change.” – Alexandra Mörner, Chairman of the board
We are confident that broad collaborations between relevant actors in society can solve complex problems. Our position as an independent and non-profit player, with strong networks in several sectors, enables us to form a bridge between parties who would likely not otherwise cooperate. We form alliances with actors within the private sector and industry associations, as well as with academia, trade unions, civil society and the public sector. Axfoundation’s work is always knowledge based and we work together with over 40 researchers to find solutions to complex business problems and ensure our ventures and results are research based.
Our Founder & Our History
“We want to be at the forefront of change. We want to challenge and translate good ideas into practical solutions. Relentlessly. ”- Read more about Antonia Ax:son Johnson’s sustainable story.
To keep ourselves up to date and in order for us to identify relevant partners and possible projects, we work through our network and current partners. We therefore do not accept applications and do not award scholarships for studies and/or travel.
Feel free to contact the Axfoundation team or board if you have questions about our work.