Like his father Olav, Knut Kavli was a socially responsible citizen, and resolved to ensure that the Kavli group had a long-term and socially committed owner by placing its shares in a charitable trust. He accordingly established the Kavli Trust in 1962, and this owns the Kavli group today. The trust's statutes specify that profits from Kavli are to be donated to research, cultural and humanitarian activities.
The trust gives priority to large, long-term projects. An example of collaboration from each of its three main areas of humanitarian work, research and culture are provided below.
Sally Ann is the Salvation Army's international fair trade concept. It transforms people's lives and combats poverty by promoting such commerce. More than 1 000 people in four continents are currently employed in manufacturing quality products based on good design.
The trust has created a dedicated center for dementia research at the Haraldsplass Diaconal Hospital in Bergen. Since 2008, this facility has expanded its scope to embrace aging. The goal is to contribute to a better life for older people and dementia sufferers by developing a strong cross-disciplinary research team.
The Young People's Concert is Norway's longest-running and most renowned forum for solo performers. It has provided more than 500 young and talented musicians with their baptism of fire as a soloist with a professional symphony orchestra. Well-known Norwegian musicians such as Truls Mørk, Håvard Gimse, Henning Kraggerud and Tine Thing Helseth have all been given a flying start through these concerts.