Ferd is a family-owned Norwegian investment-company committed to value-creating ownership of businesses and investments in financial assets. In addition to the group’s purely commercial activities, Ferd has an extensive involvement in social entrepreneurship.
We will create enduring value and leave clear footprints
This describes the vision that we will strive to achieve. By value we mean more than just financial return - value is also created through personal development and growth.Read more
Equally we shall not forget the role we play as a significant and valuable member of society as a whole. Enduring value signals that we intend to create something more than just short-term 'bubbles' - we stand for sound and worthwhile projects of enduring value.
By leaving clear footprints we mean that we want our activities to leave lasting, significant and visible results in their wake. This also acknowledges that a trail is clearest if many follow it - our ambition is for all our companies, units and employees to be driven by the same overriding principles whilst retaining each company's particular identity and freedom of action.
Ferd is committed to value-creating ownership of businesses and investment in financial assets in situations that enable us to make good use of our expertise and the competitive advantages that result from our family ownership.Read more
Ferd has defined two sets of values that will play an important role in realising the business vision for which we strive.Read more
Spirit of adventure
The group's value-adjusted equity
I. & L. Jacobsen’s ‘Tobaks-Fabrique’ in Christiania is granted a Royal Warrant
I & L. Jacobsen’s Tobaks-Fabrique in Christiania is granted a Royal Warrant to manufacture “all kinds of smoking tobacco and tobacco snuff” and to sell both its own products and imported tobacco products. This is now recognized as the date for the formal establishment of the business undertaking which today lives on as Ferd. However, the factory itself was opened more than 30 years earlier by Jens Jacobsen, a city councillor, ship owner and merchant (1703-1772).
Picture shows The 1778 Royal Warrant.
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Ferd joins joint funding initiative for start-up companies
Ferd and Johan H. Andresen have joined together with several important business players to invest a total of NOK 70 million in a newly set up fund called Founders Fund II. The fund is intended to help 50 technology companies through the critical start-up phase.
On the hunt for unacceptable companies for the Council on Ethics
As the owner of Ferd, Johan H. Andresen is always on the hunt for good investment opportunities. As Chair of the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global, he is on the hunt for unacceptable companies. “It’s a challenging role from a management perspective and intellectually stimulating. The combination of the two is very rewarding”, he comments.
People searching for safety, and therefore for a different future, are at Europe’s borders. Many of them have already arrived. In the spirit of Fridtjof Nansen, Norway is doing what it can, and more, to ensure that those who really are in need get the welcome we are sometimes known for. However, this is but a plaster over a major wound.
Social entrepreneurship increasingly important
“Social entrepreneurship provides many people, particularly children and young people, with opportunities in their life that they would not otherwise have. But social entrepreneurship is important not only for executives and individual employees, but also for society itself, which needs new solutions if the welfare state is to continue in its current form. These are the principal reasons for which there is a separate social entrepreneurship business area at Ferd”, explains Johan H. Andresen, the owner and Chair of the Board of Directors at Ferd, in an interview with CEO-Forum available on the Hegnar Agenda digital arena.