Building on our heritage
beheer’s history dates back to 1616. Our earliest ancestors stored and handled coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, silk, spices and other products from all over the world for trading companies such as the Dutch East India Company, the world’s first multinational company. Since then, much has changed. Dry bulk gave way to liquid bulk and the company grew, eventually establishing a presence on all the inhabited continents. Unchanged is that we are still loading and unloading ships and storing and handling products for multiple customers. We have thus been connecting global trade flows for over 300 years. Looking forward, we will continue to enable the delivery of vital products by building on our heritage and living the five Beheer Values: Care for Safety, Health, and the Environment, Integrity, Team Spirit, Commitment, and Agility.
Sustainability at the core
We store and handle products that are crucial to people’s lives, yet of which some can endanger their health and the environment if stored or handled inappropriately. This comes with a huge responsibility. As a service provider, we do not drive market choices but facilitate energy flows. Our mission is to connect the supply of and demand for these products by providing safe, efficient and clean storage and handling services for our customers. By fulfilling our mission with care, we strive to be the partner of choice for all our stakeholders, from customers, business partners and investors, to governments, local communities, and society at large.
Our ambition is to be a strong link in our customers’value chains and a leader in our industry. We realize that our long-term success depends on our ability to innovate and adapt to new demands from both the market and society. This is why we proactively engage with our stakeholders and explore ways to facilitate the introduction of more sustainable technologies, processes, and products. We believe that putting sustainability at the core of our decisions and operations will enable us to remain relevant to society and to continue to store and handle vital products for future generations.
Vision and strategy
As the world population is growing and becoming more affluent, vital products like energy, chemicals, and food are in growing demand. Yet these products are not always locally available. We see a growing geographic imbalance between areas of production and areas of consumption of such products. This leads to the transportation of oil, gas, and petrochemicals over longer distances around the world and a growing demand for storage and handling of bulk liquids and gases at key locations along global marine trade routes. Through our global network of terminals, Beheer connects the supply of and demand for these products and resources. This requires that we respond to constantly changing markets and product flows as a result of various major developments, such as ambitious climate policies, geopolitical shifts and the development of new energy sources and cleaner fuels. Determining the best locations for our terminals requires a long-term vision of the products that society needs while evolving customer demands require flexibility and short-term action in the day-to-day work at the terminals. In such a dynamic context, our success depends on our ability to store vital products with care, while showing leadership in the five key areas.
For all this, we find a foundation in a history dating back to 1616 and our ‘founder’s mentality’. This reminds us that we must not limit ourselves to what we know now and what has worked in the past, but be open to new solutions and opportunities, with an entrepreneurial mindset. This, in combination with the ‘Beheer Values’, enables us to work every day as if each one of us is the founder or owner of Beheer, investing in the company’s success.
Beheer’s role in the different supply chains
We ensure safe, efficient and clean storage and provide infrastructure services in different supply chains for oil, chemicals, gases, biofuels and vegoils in three end markets: Energy, Manufacturing and Food & Agriculture. This is further explained in the chapters Business environment, Leading assets in leading locations and Service leadership in our Annual Report.