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Our Philosophy

SHV is a privately-held company and wishes to remain so.

SHV’s most important values are integrity and loyalty. Integrity means being honest, genuine and totally open to communication about all matters that concern the company. Good news may travel slowly, but bad news should travel fast. Loyalty means putting our best efforts into our work for the good of the company and its development.

Based on these values of integrity and loyalty of our people, SHV wishes to continue to grow for the benefit of our shareholders and employees, as well as for the well-being of communities in which we live and work.

SHV Beliefs

Growth through Performance

We seek to optimise our business performance and keep an eye open for opportunities. We work as a team for better results and keep hierarchy and bureaucracy to a minimum.

Shareholders are not looking for 'puffed up' quarterly or annual results, but for sustainable profit growth. They accept the risks of new endeavours.

Go for Niche and Market Share

When searching for niche markets, we don't dabble in general trends or fashions, but establish ourselves as a leading player in relevant markets.

Invest in People

Success comes through our people.

Investing in people means:

  • Trusting them
  • Giving them responsibility
  • Stimulating creativity and own initiative
  • Providing coaching and training
  • Rewarding excellence

Motivate by example, smile and find happiness in our work. It is important not to blame people. We all make mistakes and to blame is to be negative. If integrity and loyalty are not in doubt, a mistake might be the start of a better management.

Manage Change

Change is around us at all times.

Do not be blind or deaf to it. Change creates opportunities.

We like to analyse change, discuss it with others, evaluate and challenge our own thoughts. We see change as the life force of our company and seek to manage it with understanding and wisdom.

Look For The Unusual

The unusual is interesting; it challenges our intellect and creative spirit.

At all levels, our people are invited to look for the unusual and see how it can benefit our business.

This is essential for our success. The unusual may be exactly what makes us stand out from the crowd.

Listen, Learn and React

No one knows everything, but we all know something. By listening to other people's ideas and thoughts we broaden our horizons.

To listen before speaking is to learn. The wise man or woman always benefits from the knowledge and experience of others.

After listening and learning, we can decide how to react. Never forget that doing nothing is also a decision.

Keep Things Simple

Life only seems to be complicated. Technicalities may be so, good business is not.

Choices and decisions are difficult at times, but not complicated. Putting down our thoughts on a single piece of paper is often useful – it helps clear the mind.