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Family equity since 1756

Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH is a 100 percent family-owned company, headquartered in Duisburg since its foundation in 1756. It manages a portfolio of independent businesses with the goal to make all investments “enkelfähig” and create value for generations. To this, it pursues a structured investment strategy along the three pillars “People. Planet. Progress”; combining a strict focus on sustainability with a clear performance orientation. The portfolio companies are managed along a common business system – the Haniel Operating Way (HOW) – and are expected to share a performance oriented culture. Currently, the Haniel portfolio comprises eight business units: BauWatch, BekaertDeslee, CWS, ELG, EMMA, Optimar, ROVEMA  and TAKKT. Additionally, Haniel is one of the anchor shareholders of CECONOMY.

In 2020, the Haniel Group held 20,400 employees and generated sales of EUR 3.1 billion. At Franz Haniel & Cie. GmbH capital and management are clearly separate. Since the start of the 20th century, the company’s approximately 720 shareholders have transferred corporate management to external managers.