Swiss Support Foundation

2018 Laureate Tony Rinaudo in Zurich, credit: Wolfgang Schmidt.
2019 Laureate Aminatou Haidar giving a lecture at the University of Zurich, credit: Wolfgang Schmidt

We gather support for change-makers and spread their solutions in Switzerland.

Founded in 2007 by publisher Annette Ringier, the Zurich-based Right Livelihood Award Foundation Switzerland aims to increase the impact of Right Livelihood Laureates by raising their profile and bringing visibility to the Right Livelihood Award. The Swiss Support Foundation also gathers donations from Switzerland to support the work of Right Livelihood.

In recent years, the Swiss Support Foundation has been instrumental in establishing the Right Livelihood Centre of the University of Zurich. This commitment has been made possible by the continuing support of dedicated private donors and foundations, as well as by several generous bequests the Swiss foundation received in recent years.

The close relationship between the University of Zurich and Right Livelihood Laureates goes back to 2008. Since then, the University annually has co-hosted a lecture with one of the new Right Livelihood Laureates in connection with the Award Presentation in Stockholm.

Right Livelihood Award Foundation
c/o Scala Treuhand
Etzelstrasse 42
8038 Zürich

Right Livelihood Award 2019 Lecture at the University of Zurich with Anne Rüffer, 2019 Laureate Aminatou Haidar, and Founding President Annette Ringier (first row, from right to left). Photo: Wolfgang Schmidt


Board members

  • Ole von Uexkull


  • Monika Griefahn

    Member of the Board

  • Erwin Fuchs

    Member of the Board

  • Gesine Krüger

    Member of the Board

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Our Founder

Jakob von Uexkull founded the Right Livelihood Award to lift the voices of change-makers offering practical solutions to the world's most pressing problems.

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Our Board

Our Board of Trustees sets the direction of our work as we highlight and support change-makers.

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Parliamentary Connections

Parliamentarians from Sweden and Germany have for many years supported the work of Right Livelihood Laureates. This allow Laureates' solutions to reach even more decision-makers.

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Our partners elevate the impact of our work, allowing us to do even more for Laureates. Besides financial support, they also lend their time, energy and talent to us, so we can better serve change-makers.

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We establish and develop long-term cooperations with institutions and organisations to support and amplify Laureates' causes.

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Join our highly committed international team working to support some of the most outstanding change-makers in the world!

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Right Livelihood Laureates work on urgent climate action globally. We strive to reflect this in our day-to-day operations.

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