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.



Success through integrity

Doing the right thing

We believe that performing with compliance and integrity is the foundation for sustainable business models that create value for generations. Enkelfähig also means that we make decisions that are fair and ethical, reflecting our values and core behaviors.
Since our foundation, the key factors for Haniel’s success have been a high degree of creative energy, the willingness to take entrepreneurial risks and doing things differently. What anchors and guides us at all times are the Haniel values – they define who we are and ensure that we protect and preserve our most valuable asset: our reputation as a fair and trusted employer, business partner and community member.
At the center of these values is our deep commitment to integrity and ethical conduct.

Code of Ethics

Integrity does not just mean complying with the law – that is a given. It also means “doing what’s right” by following some simple ethical principles so we can make good decisions. The Haniel Code of Ethics describes the standard against which we want to be measured.


Business Partner Code of Ethics

Sustainable and responsible action, social responsibility towards our own company, customers and suppliers, the environment and society is something we also demand from our business partners. Our minimum standards can be found in the Haniel Business Partner Code of Ethics.


Human rights

We want to live up to our social responsibility and strike a balance between tradition and innovation. Compliance with human rights due diligence obligations is an essential prerequisite for this sustainable value creation. We have expressed our commitment to this in this policy statement.

Report a concern

Your access to the SpeakUp platform

If you become aware of a violation of laws or the principles of the Haniel Code of Ethics, you can inform us of your concern. This also applies in the case of (possible) human rights violations.

The SpeakUp portal, our electronic, multilingual whistleblower system is available to all external parties. 

Any incoming information will be carefully examined and processed by Haniel Compliance. Haniel is committed to maintain confidentiality and protects those raising a concern against retaliation. For more information, see the FAQs.

For Haniel employees

As a Haniel employee, you can turn to several contact persons at any time if you are unsure about the right course of action or wish to report an issue.

A detailed overview of all (also anonymous) reporting options is available on the Haniel intranet, including contact and access information.