All in the same boat – business, family and society
The Wilo-Foundation was set up by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr.-Ing. h.c. Jochen Opländer, together with his children, Claudia Nüsslein, Jan Opländer and Felix Opländer (✝), on 14 January 2011. When the foundation was established, the majority of WILO SE shares previously owned by the family were transferred to the foundation. As the majority shareholder with a 95% interest, the foundation ensures the continuity of WILO SE – an international manufacturer of pumps and pumping systems with over 60 production and sales companies and around 8,000 employees worldwide. WILO SE can be traced back across four generations of the family to Caspar Ludwig Opländer, the great-grandfather of philanthropist Dr.-Ing. h.c. Jochen Opländer.
With effect from 20 February 2013, the Wilo-Foundation (former Caspar Ludwig Opländer Stiftung) is the trustee of the Wilo-Stiftung. Set up in 2006 by philanthropist Dr.-Ing. h.c. Jochen Opländer and his two sons Jan Opländer and Felix Opländer (✝), the charitable Wilo-Stiftung supports projects in the field of youth welfare, education, science and international understanding.