English summary / GC Rieber Foundations 2016
The GC Rieber Foundations contribute to social welfare, the arts and research. The Rieber family has always recognised that the company GC Rieber AS is part of the wider community. This led to the establishment of the first GC Rieber Fund in 1929.
Several foundations have been set up since, the most recent being Paul (Paal) Rieber's Fond til støtte for utdannelse av supplerende terapier in 2012.
As at 31.12.2016 the GC Rieber Funds comprise the following charitable foundations:
- G.C. Rieber Fondet
- Johanne Marie Rieber Martens Allmennyttige Fond
- Ragna Sofie og Chr. Riebers Allmennyttige Fond
- Paul (Paal) Riebers Fond til støtte for utdannelse av supplerende terapier
The purpose of the foundations that are administered under the name of the GC Rieber Foundations, is to first and foremost support and develop charitable causes in the Bergen area. In addition, contributions are awarded to medical and other research.
For several years, the foundations have supported projects that fall in under the UN’s sustainability goals, such as assuring good health, to improve nutrition and stop climate change. The establishment of SEFAS – Senter for alders- og sykehjemsmedisin (The centre for age and nursing home medicine), Barnas Fysioterapisenter (The Childrens’ Physiotherapy Centre) and G.C. Rieber Klimainstitutt (G.C. Rieber Climate Institute) are all good examples of how the GC Rieber Foundations, even before the UN defined their goals, were engaged in highly relevant charitable projects for the time we live in. It is not possible for the Foundations to help solve all of the UN’s 17 sustainability goals. The Foundations’ participation in developing Helgeseter, healthy nourishment and encouraging outdoor activities are all initiatives that fall under the UN’s most important sustainability goals to ensure good health and promote life quality for all, regardless of age. In the coming years, the board wants to continue the work within the health sector. With the connection GC Rieber has had in the past and still have today to the ocean, it is desirable to contribute to maintain and use the ocean and marine resources in a way that promotes sustainability and development. Support of charitable work will still be a priority.
To ensure that the Foundations can make a difference in important charitable areas, the active engagement and contributions of the members of the board and the administration will be the deciding factor in making sure that concrete results are achieved. The GC Rieber Foundations will still be operative. This means that instead of giving unconditional monetary gifts, the Foundations will monitor the projects and spending thoroughly to make sure goals are met. Active management entails a critical consideration of implementation capacity, to stop projects that cannot be seen through from being started.
The GC Rieber Foundations own directly and indirectly app. 27% of the GC Rieber Group, this ensures that employees who works for the group contributes to raising funds for considerable charitable work.
Over the last 20 years the Foundations have contributed more than NOK 160 million to various projects of public benefit. Although the board must always maintain the value of the Foundations' tangible assets, we are likely to be in a position to award between NOK 10 million and 15 million per year.