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Investment approach

enkelfähig: creating value for generations

As a family-owned company we have over 260 years of experience with transformation. In the past time and again we have courageously adjusted our portfolio and company structures to changing conditions. We will continue to do so in the future. We met the challenges faced in recent years. As a result of vigorous consolidation, we have created a stable starting basis. We are building on this and are now opening a new chapter in Haniel’s corporate history.

What is our approach?

We are refining our investment strategy, focussing on the sustainability and performance of our portfolio companies.

Sustainability is our guiding principle for corporate activities. Business models are considered only if they can make a positive contribution to sustainability - today and in the future. This is why we are focussing on business models which can be allocated to one of three new investment sectors: People, Planet, Progress. As we choose the specific business models, we are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and global megatrends.

We do not see sustainability as an end in itself. We are confident that sustainable business models can generate an outstanding return. We want to create values for many generations. As a result, performance of our portfolio is the focus. We set clear, ambitious targets. In the medium term, we aim to achieve a total return of more than nine percent, thus outperforming the capital market.

Our scouting focus


We enable people to live healthy, peaceful and happy lives.
In the People investment field, we work on a wide range of topics to find companies that help people live better lives. For example, we focus on companies dedicated to health and well-being. Specifically, this may involve medical equipment and consumables or new technologies and services for the healthcare sector. In addition, we also focus on topics such as healthy nutrition, safety and education.


We ensure that our planet is preserved for future generations.
In the Planet investment field, we concentrate on two overarching themes: environmental services and climate change. Business models that are interesting for Haniel include recycling and environmental protection services, climate-neutral energy production and renewable energies. 


We promote innovation, prosperity and economic growth.
In the Progress investment field, Haniel concentrates on acquisitions that are dedicated to the overriding theme of robotics & automation - for example industrial automation, internal logistics or industrial mechanical engineering.