Ideas set our society in motion. We inspire and develop ideas, and give them our practical support. We provide scope for new ideas that can change our society for the better. In a diverse society, this works best when there is a balance between argument and compromise, vision and practical application, individual freedom and pursuit of the common good. We are committed to equal rights and equal opportunities, to social cohesion, respect, tolerance and openness to the world, and to the protection of nature and the environment.
Retail entrepreneur Karl Schmidt and his family from Duisburg established Stiftung Mercator at the end of the 1990s, naming it after Gerhard Mercator, a cartographer and humanist who was born in Flanders and lived for many decades in Duisburg.
Stiftung Mercator wants
Stiftung Mercator intends to achieve this by
Its activities should always be guided by quality, professionalism and transparency and subject to public debate.