We work to build a better society in which the most vulnerable have more opportunities, developing solutions for social progress, culture and science, education and research.


    To build a better and fairer society, providing more opportunities to those who most need them.


    To be a point of reference for society in developing lasting solutions that:

    • Meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable people.

    • Foster the progress of society, responding to new challenges in research, high quality training and education.

    • Make science and culture available to all segments of society.


    • Responsibility, understood as our duty to guarantee that the actions and work of ”la Caixa” Foundation are carried out in line with criteria of excellence in management and effectiveness in outcomes. To this end, the programmes need to be evaluated and their actions dynamically defined to ensure they achieve their aims as fully as possible.

    • Trust, understood as society's recognition of the Foundation's activities and the impact of its programmes. Quality must be the defining feature of all the Foundation's actions and work.

    • Social commitment, understood as our commitment to build a better society, paying particular attention to people who are most vulnerable and have fewer opportunities.


    • Compliance of laws and standards: those of us who form part of ”la Caixa” Foundation must at all times conduct our business in an upright, honest manner, complying with:
      - The legislation and regulations in force.
      - The Institution's internal regulations.
      - The applicable principles and code of ethics.
      - The obligations and commitments undertaken by ”la Caixa” Foundation in its contractual relations with third parties.

    • Integrity and transparency: those of us who form part of ”la Caixa” Foundation must carry out our activities with integrity, honesty and transparency. We also encourage the social organisations, partners and suppliers the Institution deals with to follow the same standards of conduct.
      To this end, our work incorporates the principles of conduct and action contained in the United Nations Global Compact, which we have joined, concerning the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and the fight against corruption.

    • Social and environmental responsibility: at ”la Caixa” Foundation we are committed to achieving a more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable world. That's why, as part of our commitment to sustainability, we focus particularly on aligning our strategic programmes with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

    • Respect for people: at ”la Caixa” Foundation we respect people, their dignity and their fundamental values. Accordingly, we promote equal opportunities and will not tolerate any discrimination, harassment, abuse or inappropriate treatment based on gender, race, nationality or any other situation protected by law.

    • Professionalism and teamwork: the main asset of ”la Caixa” Foundation is its people and the values and principles that motivate them. We are therefore committed to fostering respect and promoting diversity, valuing the capabilities and contribution of each person. At ”la Caixa” Foundation we believe that better results are obtained by working together and combining the particular strengths of each individual.


    The framework that guides the actions of the people who make up ”la Caixa” Foundation, the Code of Ethics constitutes the basic pillar on which all the Institution's regulations, procedures and guidelines are based.

    Download the ”la Caixa” Foundation Code of Ethics (PDF, 1,2 MB)

Areas of action

  • Social programmes

    We promote the transformation of society through programmes that encourage access to employment and housing, that help to improve the quality of life of those most in need and foster social harmony and a cohesive society.

    Access to Social programmes

  • Culture and science

    We bring knowledge closer to society through culture and science as a means of personal growth and social cohesion.

    Access to Culture and science

  • Education and fellowships

    We promote both education and training of excellence as an engine of progress and social well-being.

    Access to Education and fellowships

  • Research and health

    We support talent and progress. That's why we promote research, encourage innovation, support high quality training and analyse the real situation in society in order to achieve advances in health and other life sciences.

    Access to Research and health