About the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation

‘Constant care’ is at the heart of the A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation (the A.P. Moller Foundation).

After World War II, Danish shipowner, A.P. Møller wanted to protect his life’s work from being taken over by Danish or foreign competitors. So, in 1946, with the consent of his three children, he changed his shipping company into a family-run foundation. The foundation deed made it possible for the family to control and safeguard the company's guiding principles. In 1953, the Family Foundation was split in two, and the A.P. Moller Foundation was born.  

The A.P. Moller Foundation was established as a commercial entity to ensure that the company, A.P. Moller - Maersk, will always be governed in the spirit of A.P. Møller’s legacy and support the following issues that were particularly important to him.

  • Danishness in the Danish-German borderlands
  • Nordic Cohesion
  • Danish shipping and industry
  • Scientific causes
  • Other non-profit causes

Other non-profit causes include education, research, social purposes, sport and leisure, conserving buildings of cultural and historical value, and other cultural interests. 

The Foundation supports projects of all sizes in Denmark, Southern Schleswig, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. It initiates some projects, but generally supports good ideas, industriousness and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. All projects must be of high quality.

Read about selected projects supported by the Foundation (only available in Danish)

The A.P. Møller Relief Foundation
The A.P. Moller Foundation is the largest of numerous foundations that A.P. Møller established in his life. The Foundation also manages the administration for the A.P. Møller Relief Foundation which was established in 1983.

This Foundation’s purpose is to support charitable and non-profit projects, people associated with the A.P. Moller Group, and projects in the social sector.  

Read more about the A.P. Møller Relief Foundation (only available in Danish)

The Foundation and A.P. Møller Holding A/S
As a commercial entity, it is vital for the A.P. Moller Foundation to have a positive impact on society and develop ‘nyttig virksomhed’, in the spirit of A.P. Møller. In 2013, A.P. Moller Holding was established to carry out the Foundation’s role as the investment arm of the A.P. Moller Foundation. The aim was to ensure that the Foundation would be able to contribute to society with donations for generations to come. 

The purpose of A.P. Moller Holding is to invest in and build businesses that have a positive impact on society – ‘nyttig virksomhed’. A.P. Moller Holding are engaged long-term owners, focusing on renewing and expanding the Group of industry leading companies. 

The Foundation owns 100% of the shares in A.P. Møller Holding A/S, which owns 41.51% of the stock and holds 51.45% of the voting rights in A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S.

Read more about A.P. Moller Holding.