About Curt Bergfors
Entrepreneur and philanthropist
Curt Bergfors, a renowned hospitality entrepreneur in Sweden, was born on February 27th, 1949, into a mining family in Gällivare, Lapland. When he was just fifteen, Bergfors decided that he would not only become financially independent, but also support people and causes in need.
Pioneering several responsible business initiatives
Although he would go on to launch several companies and become involved in many more, Bergfors is best known as the founder, majority owner, and working chairman of MAX Burgers AB, Sweden’s leading QSR chain. Internationally recognized as a responsible business pioneer, the company has been climate-neutral since 2008, offsetting its entire greenhouse gas footprint through re-forestation projects in Africa. In 2018, MAX became the first major climate-positive company in the world, overcompensating for its carbon footprint across the value chain, to achieve 110 percent capture. In December 2019, MAX was granted the UN Climate Change Action Award for this work.
Bergfors is also involved in projects that promote accessibility and diversity in working life. Since 2006, MAX has cooperated with the government-owned Samhall in Sweden to increase employment among people with functional diversity. A wheelchair user himself since a 1986 diving accident, Bergfors has a deep understanding of the associated issues.
Quietly fighting extreme poverty and its attendant health issues
Since 2005 – and out of the public eye – Curt Bergfors has supported various projects that promote healthcare and fight poverty in vulnerable countries. In 2008 he donated 9% of the shares (preferred stock) in MAX’s parent company to a newly formed foundation, Stiftelsen Rättvis Fördelning (Fair Distribution). The foundation has so far received SEK 200 million, half of which was obtained in the last three years. The funds are deployed in projects that secure and develop critical healthcare facilities in poverty-stricken areas of Africa and Haiti, and that restore infrastructure and local economies after natural catastrophes.
The Curt Bergfors Foundation is funded privately by Curt Bergfors.
The foundation is formed in recognition of the peril that our current system of food production and distribution poses to the climate and the biosphere, and with the conviction that it must be radically reformed if future generations—and the planet itself—are to survive and thrive.