The holding company RAR - Sociedade de Controle (Holding), S.A. controls directly or indirectly the entire Group’s shareholdings since its creation in 1981.
Bearing in mind a challenging attitude towards the group companies RAR Holding manages the businesses portfolio as well as the capital allocation, defines the RAR Group strategies and generic guidelines and assures specialized services. Besides the coordination of these central activities and the definition of the Group governance rules, it also cares its relationship with the Community.
In the area of social responsibility, RAR contributes to social and civic causes through sponsorship and donations to various institutions, particularly those directed at culture, education, research and innovation.
Being a founding member of the Serralves Foundation and of the Casa da Música Foundation, RAR also was involved in the creation of several leading organizations such as COTEC Portugal - Business Association for Innovation, the Porto Business School and Portugal Foods and participates in the Porto de Futuro project. It was involved in the establishment and development of the Porto School of Biotechnology and develops active cooperation through subsidiaries with the University of Southampton, the FEUP (University of Porto Engineering College) and the IBET (Biotechnology Research).