Ratos’s actions are based on the core values entrepreneurial, committed and responsible. Entrepreneurial because we in our companies want to stimulate curiosity, original approaches and change and reinforce a genuine interest in entrepreneurship. Committed since we want to work closely with key people in the companies, develop ideas and act together. Responsible since we have high demands on business ethics and always weigh the consequences of the decisions we are involved in for people and the environment. Those with whom we do business will be able to trust us, want to choose us and return to us.
2. Focus on value creation
When we invest in a new company, a thorough and ambitious strategy and business plan is prepared, with clear business targets for development and financial effects. We support the companies’ executive management in cultivating the conditions for increased growth and better profitability. Ratos has a flexible ownership horizon, which is most often five to ten years. We strive for long-term, lasting effects in our work with the companies and take part in driving sustainability development in the companies in which we are active.
A distinct and transparent structure for corporate governance is always introduced in companies in which we invest. A board is appointed consisting of people who bring strategic expertise and industrial experience. The chairman of the board is recruited externally. Management has clear and complete operational mandate and responsibility. In parallel with a formal corporate governance, we want to create a close collaboration and common agenda for the company’s development. We do so through our troikas (CEO, chairman of the board and Ratos’s company executive) which efficiently prepare key issues and can serve as a sounding board for the CEO.
4. Tool box
Through its organisation and industrial networks, Ratos contributes experience of operational development and also capital to its companies. This is done in part via board work, in part through daily contacts between key people in the companies and Ratos’s employees, as well as in forums organised by Ratos in which employees from different companies meet and exchange best practices. Ratos’s organisation contains experience accumulated in such areas as strategy processes, business analysis, acquiring and divesting companies, financing, accounting, communication and purchasing/sourcing, which contribute to the companies’ development.