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2019

Annual report

The business

Articles of Association

Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s business activities and the scope of the board’s authority are restricted to the business specified in article three of the Company’s Articles of Association which read as follows:

‘The objective of the Company is to engage in shipping, maritime services, aviation, industry, commerce, finance business, brokerage, agencies and forwarding, to own or manage real estate, and to run business related thereto or associated therewith. This may take place in a direct manner, or in an indirect manner by way of guarantee, share subscription, or in other ways.’

The full articles of association are presented on the Company’s website.

Strategy

Wallenius Wilhelmsen group’s strategy is to create value for its shareholders by further developing its ocean and landbased business. The group will leverage its market positions, global network, and collective competence to continue to grow a sustainable and profitable business.

Our purpose as a company is Sustainable logistics for a world in motion. With vehicle logistics as our core competence area we will drive sustainability in our customers’ value chains, expanding our reach to include operations and involvement in the entire value chain through the whole lifecycle and usership of vehicles.

The Board of Directors has defined a set of strategic pathways to support the overarching strategy:

  • Drive operational effectiveness by applying technology to digitalise and automate our core operations, achieving agility and sustainability in daily business through harnessing data, reinventing processes, and introducing adaptive decision-making and collaborative execution across the group.
  • Expand to full lifecycle by offering services and products that build on and expand beyond today’s activities. Also, by innovating new products and improving customer experiences through the provision of industrialised scaled service offerings throughout the lifecycle and usership of vehicles with focus on the fleet providers and end-users of the future.
  • Digitalise the supply chain by providing a fully digital, transparent, predictable and dynamic value chain solution, measuring, optimising and making transparent the sustainability impact across the unit lifecycle for OEMs, end-users, service providers and anyone in between.
  • Lead the journey to zero emissions by prioritising lean:green service offerings, optimising core operations to reduce carbon footprint and increase sustainability for each service line.

Considering the risk profiles that our business is exposed to, the strategy is formulated to capitalise on our current market position, balance our risk profile, and maximise value creation for our shareholders.

The Board of Directors evaluates Wallenius Wilhelmsen’s objectives, strategies, and risk profiles at least annually.

Guidelines regarding social responsibility

The Company has a strong focus on social responsibility, which includes our charity activities, as well as keeping a constant focus on developing new technologies and solutions to strengthen our social responsibilities in our value creation. The Company has implemented guidelines for how it integrates corporate social responsibility into its activities. These guidelines are further described in the Company’s sustainability report.

Deviations from the Code: None