We have recognized expertise

Wendel’s know-how consists in selecting leading companies, both listed and unlisted, making a long-term investment and helping to define ambitious strategies, while implementing a clear, explicit shareholder approach, together with the management. To successfully execute its long-term investment strategy, Wendel has several strengths: a stable family shareholder base, permanent capital and a robust balance sheet, and a portfolio of companies that lends the Group a very broad geographical and sectoral view. Since 1977, Wendel’s international investment teams, with their complementary profiles and expertise, have invested in a great number of successful companies, including Capgemini, bioMérieux, Reynolds, Stallergenes, Wheelabrator, Valeo, Afflelou, Editis, Legrand, Deutsch and Allied Universal.

Committed partnering with entrepreneurial teams

Wendel’s investment and sustainable development strategy is based on close interaction with the managers of the companies it invests in. This partnership is central to the process by which value is created. Wendel provides constant and active support, shares risks and contributes its experience and financial, technical and communications expertise. In the same vein, Wendel can reinvest and support companies when the economic and financial conditions or the Company’s business development projects demand it.
Wendel is represented in the Boards of Directors and key committees – audit, governance, sustainable development and strategy – of its investments, in proportion to its stake. It can therefore take part in the most important decisions made by each company without ever taking the place of its management.

Wendel’s approach is based on responsibility and is rooted in a firm belief in the core values of Engagement, Excellence, and Entrepreneurial Mindset. Those values drive Wendel’s behavior both as a company and an investor to deliver its mission.

Our purpose
Engaging with entrepreneurial teams to build sustainable leading companies
Our values

  Engagement

First of all engagement means a high sense of responsibility towards Wendel’s people, companies, and other stakeholders.
Wendel's most notable feature as an investor is its engagement. Over the last few months, Wendel has extended this commitment by increasing its support to the portfolio companies. 
Wendel’s steadfast commitment makes us a unique investor: Wendel builds for the long term. Every decision is made with long-term interests in mind. Strategies Wendel employs include providing managerial input, supporting acquisitions and capital expenditure and constantly focusing on innovation. Wendel also pays special attention to developing the employability of its people. Investing for the long term also means supporting and assisting companies as much as possible through difficult times.

Wendel’s engagement is based on responsibility, trust, and genuine relationships: Wendel knows its people and its companies.

   Excellence

Wendel’s founding family has stood by for more three hundred years old. The firm’s long life can be attributed to its culture of excellence, achieved by building trust, rewarding those who remain reliable and setting high standards and upholding commitments.

Excellence translates into open-mindedness and curiosity that push teams to stretch boundaries. Wendel strives to reach excellence in its financial and operational discipline, as well as in analysis related to investment activities.

As a listed company, Wendel commits to act as a role model to unlisted companies in its portfolio.

  Entrepreneurial Mindset 

Entrepreneurship differentiates Wendel through creative thinking and action. For Wendel, Entrepreneurial Mindset indicates a certain state of mind and a behaviour that combines courage, reasoned boldness and responsibility. It is also a desire to create something useful for its people, for its companies and for its communities. 

The long-term shareholder's charter

To be a long-term investor, a shareholder must make a commitment that engenders trust and always be attentive to innovation, sustainable development and promising diversification activities. Wendel has created a charter that includes five overarching principles expressing this commitment:

  1. Active involvement in designing and implementing company strategies through our participation on the boards of directors and key committees of the companies in which we have invested;
  2. Firm, long-term commitments to our partner companies by supporting their development, fostering their exposure to strong-growth regions, and allocating time and resources to the innovation cycle;
  3. Constructive, transparent and stimulating dialogue with management while constantly questioning ingrained habits and rethinking models against the yardstick of global best practices;
  4. Everyday loyalty through effective relationships built on trust that recognize the respective roles of shareholders and managers;
  5. A guarantee of shareholder stability and the common cause of a long-term partner who doesn’t hesitate to make a financial commitment during tough times, where justified.