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Values and Core Behaviors

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH has been successful for 265 years and is owned by the Haniel family.

The prerequisite for this success was and is a high degree of creative will and willingness to change. With all this dynamism, firmly anchored principles ensure that we remain in balance: The Haniel values serve as a basis for us, they define who we are. The Haniel Core Behaviors give us the guidelines for our daily business – they define our way of working.

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Sustainable business models

Sustainability is not an end in itself:

we are convinced that above-average returns can be generated with sustainable business models. We want to create value for many generations. To achieve this, we focus on the performance of our portfolio and set ourselves clear, ambitious goals: We want to achieve a total return of more than nine percent in the medium term, thereby outperforming the capital market.

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Facts & Figures 2021


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How we create value

Haniel is transforming itself from a classic portfolio manager to a strategic architect who actively develops companies.

With the Haniel Operating Way (HOW), we are creating operational guidelines for the continuous development of our portfolio. It focuses on process and customer orientation in order to achieve operational excellence in each of our business units.

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Our history began 265 years ago in Duisburg-Ruhrort – and even today we are still driving forward new courageous business models from here. Just as the founder personalities Aletta Haniel and her sons Franz and Gerhard showed us.

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About Haniel

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH manages a portfolio of independent companies with the goal to create value for generations as Europe's leading purpose-driven investor. To this, Haniel aligns its portfolio strictly "enkelfähig,” i.e.: along clear sustainability and performance criteria. The companies are managed based on a common business model – the Haniel Operating Way (HOW) – and share a performance-oriented culture.

Currently, the Haniel portfolio comprises eight investments: BauWatch, BekaertDeslee, CWS, Emma – The Sleep Company, das kinderzimmer, Optimar, ROVEMA and TAKKT. In addition, Haniel manages a financial stake in CECONOMY and direct investments in young, high-growth companies.   

In 2021, the Haniel Group employed 20,700 people and generated sales of EUR 3.7 billion. The company is 100 percent family-owned and has been based in Duisburg since its foundation in 1756.