A long-standing customer once summed up his relationship with us in these five simple words, which probably puts our daily philosophy and dealings in a nutshell. What is so special about our company and what form does this take. With our customers, suppliers, colleagues and of course within our family.
Many businesses develop “philosophies” or design “valuation canons”, devise “Corporate Cultures” or “Codes of Excellence” in an effort to reach an identifiable expression of their professionalism and ability to compete on the market. All well and good. However, we have taken a different way, and that since 1892.
Perhaps this is a result of the classic standards of the typical business man in the Hanseatic tradition, the validity of which has never been lost in our executive management. However, more to the point, we are a one hundred percent family business in the fourth generation. Our aim to remain independent is our highest entrepreneurial priority.
Nothing has been set down in writing at Behn. It is merely an attitude, handed down and understood through the generations. This encompasses a responsibility for employees and their families as well as establishing values in the region. It is an attitude, which increases one’s awareness of respectable deals and business partners. Of what we do…. Or do not.
This is the driving force, which enables us not only to retain the good, but also to permanently seek and try out new ways. An attitude, which encourages the realization of profitable growth with resolution and creativity. This attitude also imposes limits, reminding one that luck is not only the result of hard work, but also of setbacks. In short, an attitude which has demanded everything, in order that the following generation starts out with the best possible chances.
Such an attitude cannot be described as a norm, it sets an example, a distinction, creating an impetus for everyone in the company. A passion for joint success in the extensive Behn family. If this prevails, daily and through the generations, then Behn’s essential message has emerged, which meets our full approval: “our word is our bond”.