The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute is part of the «Im Grüene» Foundation. It was created on 24 December 1946 by Gottlieb Duttweiler, the founder of Migros, and his wife Adele. The Foundation's assets include Langhalden, the Duttweilers' four-and-a-half-hectare estate in Rüschlikon near Zurich, and an endowment. At the time it was made, the donation had a total value of 520,000 Swiss francs, which, after adjusting for inflation, is equal to about 2.6 million Swiss francs today.

The Foundation was tasked with making the Langhalden estate «available to the general public as a place of recreation», as the deed of foundation puts it. The donor's intentions were realised by turning the estate into the «Im Grüene» Park (known locally as «Dutti-Park»). The GDI is located on the edge of this park.

Furthermore, the Duttweilers' aim was to create an institute for the purpose of scientific research on topics of relevance to business and society and of organising events and activities necessary to promote it. This is still the basis of the GDI's activities.

The Board of Trustees is composed of eight members; its chairperson is Fabrice Zumbrunnen, member of the Executive Board of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives.


Migros Culture Percentage

The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute finances itself through the sale of its publications, fees for conferences, speakers' fees and renting out its premises. In addition, the GDI also co-financed by the Migros Culture Percenage.

The Migros Culture Percentage funds Migros' voluntary cultural, social, educational, recreational and business activities. The Culture Percentage was Gottlieb Duttweiler's idea that Federation of Migros Cooperatives and the individual Migros cooperatives should undertake to make an annual contribution of one percent of their revenues.