Sustainability Report 2020

2020 – an unprecedented year. The challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic shaped both social and economic aspects of everyday life. The logistics industry, entirely dependent on the global flows of goods and economic developments was particularly affected: transport volumes collapsed across the industry within a very short time in the first half of the year. Although global transport volumes rose again in the second and third quarters, the market environment has been characterized by a lack of capacity and equipment since the middle of the year.

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Despite these challenging conditions, the Hellmann Group was able to close the financial year2020 very successfully, generating profitable growth thanks to the enormous commitment of all employees. Despite a slight decline in volumes year over year, Hellmann was able to increase revenues by 4.4 % to EUR 2.53 billion.

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The basis for Hellmann’s excellent development was the timely and stringent implementation of numerous strategic measures intended to enable the company’s accelerated growth path. These measures included the introduction of a globally uniform organizational structure, digitalization initiatives, and a comprehensive growth strategy, “Fit4Growth”. Through it all, the driving force that enabled us to strengthen and even grow our market share is the extraordinary commitment of our 10,601 employees around the globe.

The crisis showed that the Hellmann-FAMILY persists even in the face of major challenges and that we stand together to support our customers with first-class services across all markets and products. 2020 showed us once again that the team and our passion for what we do make all the difference.

In 2021, the task remains the same: continue to grow sustainably and profitably as we celebrate our 150th anniversary, with many more years to come. We will focus on our customers without fail. Sustainability has always been of particular importance to the Hellmann Group and is firmly anchored in our corporate DNA under the heading “Live Sustainability” – true today more than ever. Only those who act sustainably create the framework for successful long-term development. This is why we, the Management Board, also feel committed to the guiding.

Sincerely,
Reiner Heiken, Chief Executive Officer & Martin Eberle, Chief Financial Officer

Christiane Brüning

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