Our Mission

We transform economies for stronger societies


Scaling solutions

That's why we scale innovation to accelerate economic transformation

Our Mission

The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt is an action platform that unites leaders from business, politics, and academia. By innovating and scaling economic transformation, we strengthen our societies and democracies and lay the foundation for a fairer and more liveable future.

Responsible Leadership

We believe leaders have a vital role in creating economic systems that work for all of us. That’s why we unite visionaries and change-makers from diverse backgrounds and empower them to create real, tangible, and scalable change. The BMW Foundation serves as a sounding board, steering processes, fostering partnerships, and ensuring meaningful outcomes. Through collaborating with our network, we will further develop economies and pave the way for prosperous, democratic, and thriving societies.

"The best leaders are the ones who really know how to listen and to understand what is not being said."

Charlotte Hochman

BMW Foundation Responsible Leader and Founder of PLACE Network

Our Guiding Principles

Our Values

  • Vision: Being visionary means that we dare to hope. We use our collective imagination as a tool to be creative and innovative. We dream big, take risks, and launch bold ideas.
  • Kindness: We acknowledge our interdependence with other people and living beings and the responsibility we have to care for one another. We direct our efforts and intent toward people, community, and planet with respect, generosity, and clarity.
  • Dignity: We welcome and respect differences in personalities, identities, and perspectives, and we commit to creating environments where these differences can thrive.
  • Pragmatism: We keep it real, and we use our strategies and methodologies to work efficiently, effectively, and coherently.
  • Trust: We believe that the key to impactful collaboration is to first build relationships deeply rooted in trust rather than transaction. We value these relationships as an end in themselves, rather than a means.