The Ernesto Illy Foundation concentrates on cultural and scientific projects managed directly or in partnership with other leading organizations and individuals. It organizes events, conventions, seminars and workshops.

The Foundation is also involved in publishing and multimedia activities as well as developing global partnerships with universities, institutions and corporations of excellence.

The Foundation is active in ethics, sustainability, scientific research,  coffee culture and the food and agricultural system, and in honoring and following the practices of Dr. Ernesto Illy.