Message from the Executive Board
SECURING OUR FUTURE
While preparing this report, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives and our business upside down, with job sites around the world completely or partially closed, employees working from home, often on reduced hours, and supply chains interrupted by the closure of borders. Most unsettling of all, no one can say when – or how – life will return to normal. Given this uncertainty, it has been a truly humbling experience to see how courageously and creatively people around the KAEFER world have reacted to this unprecedented challenge.
What does sustainability mean in the present circumstances? In a word: everything! It is precisely KAEFER’s long-standing commitment to sustainable thinking – demonstrated again in 2019 in everything from health and safety to the integration of new technologies – which has allowed us to implement new safety measures with relatively little fuss and continue functioning even with so many people working from home. This is not to underestimate the challenges we continue to face, both as individuals and as a company. As always, the well-being of our employees remains our first priority. In addition to ensuring they have the training, support and equipment needed to carry out their work securely, we are also doing all we can to ensure that the pressures brought about by the pandemic are shared as equitably as possible. Taken together, the stories collected here of sustainability at KAEFER in 2019, are both a source of inspiration and a cause for optimism. 2019 was a great year for KAEFER and the fundamentals of our business remain sound. Even now – and thanks in large part to our commitment to building long-term relationships with our clients – we are signing new contracts around the world. More encouragingly still, KAEFER people everywhere have responded to this terrible pandemic with dynamism and motivation to look for support and ideas across borders and disciplines. There can be no doubt that it will take time for KAEFER to recover from the impact of COVID-19. But nor should there be any doubt that we will regain our old strength and – if we continue working with the same inspiring spirit of togetherness – achieve an even stronger position in our markets. The KAEFER Executive Board, June 2020
Steen E. Hansen
Dr. Roland Gärber