About us

Race For The Baltic is an initiative of Zennström Philanthropies and works to convene leaders made up of forward-thinking politicians, industry professionals, NGOs and local governments who are determined to reverse the negative trends and restore the Baltic Sea environment, so as to ensure the long term economic viability of the region.


Zennström Philanthropies initiated Race For The Baltic in 2013 as a public awareness campaign. The campaign brought together over 100 organisations to partner on a 3,700 km cycle ride around the Baltic Sea. The campaign collected 27,000 signatures, which were presented to the Ministers of Environment of the countries surrounding the Baltic Sea in the lead up to the Helcom Ministerial meeting in October 2013. Today, Race For The Baltic refers to the work that Zennström Philanthropies engages in regarding the Baltic Sea.

What we are doing

Race For The Baltic works as a mediator and facilitator, bringing the various stakeholders together at events, seminars, roundtables and workshops in effort to trigger more concrete action. Read more about the stakeholders that we engage with and our current activities below.

Stakeholder Groups


Municipalities & Cities

Race For The Baltic works with on-the-ground change and has identified municipalities as a key stakeholder in reviving the Baltic Sea. We work with municipalities and cities to learn best practice from each other by establishing a network of contacts within regional governments, sustainability experts and technology providers in order to serve as a point of convergence when municipal governments need advice or service providers.


Current projects

Baltic Sea City Accelerator 



Business Community

Businesses have a unique opportunity to address today’s sustainability challenges through innovation, improved processes and the ability to reach out to consumers.

RFTB believes that harnessing this energy is crucial to returning the Baltic Sea to environmental health and has organised a series of business roundtables to bring together like-minded businesses to share experience and identify opportunities for action. Since 2013, Race For The Baltic has convened business in various sectors including tourism, wastewater treatment, green infrastructure, blue/green economy and agriculture/food production. See our list of events here.




Race For The Baltic partners with Zennström Philanthropies’ grantees.

Read more about the programme here.


National Governments

Race For The Baltic partners with GLOBE Europe to achieve its goals.

GLOBE Europe provides an opportunity for parliamentarians to build relationships, exchange experiences and learn from fellow European legislators with different political backgrounds yet united by a belief in the importance to advance environmental governance in our respective Parliaments and worldwide.

The European Union is a unique regional multi-level system of governance. For this reason the greatest added value of interparliamentary dialogue on environmental policy in the framework of GLOBE in Europe is the possibility to help support a high level of ambition of EU climate and environment policy, as well as the exchange of best national practices with particular reference to the Baltic Sea.

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What we hope to achieve

Race For The Baltic envisions the Baltic Sea reaching its full potential and becoming a model of environmental sustainability and management for the world to follow.