A foundation owned company

Our ownership by The Ramboll Foundation ownership ensures the long term and independent development of Ramboll, its employees, and the communities we serve.

Children playing in Verdensparken park in Oslo

Ramboll Foundation is main owner and majority shareholder

The Ramboll Foundation is an independent Danish enterprise foundation and was established in 1972 to safeguard the long-term financial continuance and development of Ramboll for the benefit of employees.

The Ramboll Foundation is the main owner of Ramboll Group. It is the majority shareholder in the Ramboll Group and owns more than 97.5% of the shares. The remainder are owned by Ramboll employees.

Our foundation ownership ensures the long-term and independent development of the company, its employees and the communities we serve. Both the Ramboll Group and Ramboll Foundation results are independently audited and published annually.

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Thearom Ret of Royal University of Phnom Penh is the 2022 winner of the Flemming Bligaard Award for his research in mental health in post-conflict cities in south-east Asia.

People and philanthropy

The foundation ownership reflects the ambition of the founders Ramboll and Hannemann to create a company where revenue is re-invested into the companys continued development, and where employees can feel a strong sense of ownership.

In 2021, the Ramboll Foundation donated DKK 18 million to promote sustainable development for the benefit of nature, society and people.

The Foundation is also a philanthropic organisation, awarding donations to research, studies and educational endeavours. Where relevant, it also assists former employees and their families, and supports charities and humanitarian projects.

Donations are given to projects within research and education, as well as to those that support humanitarian efforts and strengthen civil society. Most of the latter projects directly involve our employees.

Impactful investments in society


One long-running collaboration has been with NGO Bridges to Prosperity, where Ramboll volunteers, supported by the Ramboll Foundation, have helped construct trailbridges to help connect rural societies in developing countries.

The Flemming Bligaard Award, named in honour of a former Ramboll CEO, has been awarded every year since 2020 to an earlycareer researcher making groundbreaking impact in specific fields.

12 PhD scholarships and fellowships were also funded in 2021 via the Foundations annual PhD Programme.

Winner of Flemming Bligaard award 2021, Anne Lyck Smitshuysen with prize and Flemming Bligaard at ceremony

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