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Why

Bodeker Scientific's purpose is to conduct and support ambitious and excellent research that ensures a productive, sustainable and inclusive future for New Zealand. 

What does this mean in practice? It means that:
  • Sometimes we participate in, or even lead the development of, projects that generate little income for the company, 
  • The company never pays dividends to shareholders; this is written into the company Constitution. Any profits made are reinvested in research. 
  • We support other organisations that share our foundation principles, e.g. by assisting with their development of funding proposals (which can sometimes compete with our own).
  • We look for ways to connect to organisations that are conducting excellent research even if Bodeker Scientific is ultimately not involved.
  • We are generous with our time, giving public talks, talks at schools etc.
  • We support emerging talent e.g. by sponsoring university students and engaging with high school students who have an interest in research.
While these activities make little sense in a strictly 'growing the business' way of thinking, that's OK because, while we work hard to remain viable as a business, our primary goal is not to generate profits for shareholders but to conduct and support ambitious and excellent research that benefits New Zealand.