The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt promotes responsible leadership and inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just and sustainable future. Through our activities, we aim to advance the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

We INSPIRE leaders, through our leadership programs and encounters, to take their social and political commitment to the next level – across communities, cultures and countries.

We CONNECT leaders through our global BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network, a diverse, collaborative and joyful community that drives positive change through collaborative action.

We INVEST in impactful organizations while encouraging leaders to embrace venture philanthropy and impact investing as effective tools for social change.

We believe that every human being can make a crucial contribution to positive social change. We see the individual commitment of leaders as a unique lever for change. For people in positions of responsibility have a key impact on organizations and institutional structures.

For us, a Responsible Leader is a leader who, beyond his or her professional and personal duties, works towards social change within and between societies – across communities, cultures, and countries.

Responsible Leaders perceive social and political challenges in a larger context. They use their knowledge, networks, and influence to deliberately work for a better world. In this, they are guided by a deep respect for other people, their background, identity, and dignity.

Through our leadership programs, we create spaces where leaders from government, business, civil society, academia, and culture meet as equals and mutually inspire each other. From an understanding for shared challenges and responsibility can emerge forward-looking solutions at the local and global levels.

“There is no ‘Plan B’ because we do not have a ‘Planet B.’ We have to work and galvanize our action.”

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Global challenges are more complex and unpredictable than ever. As a result of globalization, new actors emerge on the stage, geopolitical power relations are shifting, and technological changes affect all. Many people are still living in poverty, the world has not become a more just place, and the consequences of climate change are becoming more and more tangible.

The global community aims to tackle these challenges through the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

We want to help achieve these goals through our international Responsible Leadership programs, our global network, and our investments. Guided by the key concepts of governance, innovation, and cross-sector partnerships, we will focus, over the next few years, on the Sustainable Development Goals 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals). All 17 Goals of the 2030 Agenda form the frame of reference for our venture philanthropy and impact investments.