How we live enkelfähig

Our company has been successful for more than 265 years and is 100% family-owned. The prerequisite for this success was and is a high willingness to change. At the same time, firmly anchored principles ensure that we remain in balance: The Haniel values serve as a basis, they define who we are. The Haniel Core Behaviors give us the guidelines for our daily business – they define our way of working.


Haniel Core Behaviors

Our guiding principles

Performance-driven, entrepreneurial, dedicated, diverse

Our core behaviors define and explain the expectations for every Haniel employee in their daily work routine. They drive the cultural change within Haniel towards outperformance and act as the basis for regular performance evaluation, recognition and development.

Easy to do business with, don’t be complicated, get to the point, see things from the customer’s perspective.

Support others in delivering the goal, stop micromanaging, let go by trusting others and reducing hierarchy.

Get out of your comfort zone, stretch for more, don’t rest on past achievements, be relentless for improvement and better results.

Show a bias for action, don’t wait, start, instigate, learn from your failures and successes, drive to win.

Have edge, take the difficult decisions, don’t be passive, be direct, transparent and clear.

Our Values

The basis of our culture

The Haniel values define who we are. Compliance with these principles is a basic prerequisite for working with us.


We say what we think.


We do what we believe in.


We take paths we are convinced of.


We do what we say.


We rely on our partners.


We want to move what moves people.


Because diverse teams are more successful

To be enkelfähig, we need diverse teams and their ideas. Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for us to achieve our goals and build sustainable businesses for a future worth living. 


We promote equal opportunities and inclusion

As a leading purpose-driven investor in Europe, Haniel aims to bring together the best talent and provide them with a working environment in which everyone is able to make the best use of their skills and develop them further. We promote fair and inclusive interaction across all companies in the Haniel Group. Among other things, we are working toward filling at least 50% of management positions in the Group with women by 2025. To this end, we are investing in talent processes that provide equal opportunities, flexible working models, an inclusive corporate culture, and constant exchange with diversity experts inside and outside Haniel.


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Doing what's right

No enkelfähig business model without compliance and integrity. Learn more about the Haniel Code of Ethics, our commitment to respect human rights and ways to report a concern.