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.
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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Maximum success for microfinance
In 2006, Ferd’s owner Johan H. Andresen took the initiative to establish a private-public microfinance collaboration. Two years later the idea became reality – thanks to good helpers. The Nordic Microfinance Initiative is now celebrating its first decade by launching a new fund that has in a first phase raised NOK 840 million.
The value of people
It is the people and their expertise that turns, through day to day work, Ferd’s capital and our other advantages of being a family-owned company into enduring value and clear footprints. With our current organisation and diversification of investments, Ferd has never been better prepared to enter a new year. We are continually seeking new attractive investments. At the same time, we are cautious about increasing Ferd’s overall risk exposure in today’s market conditions.
Ferdmagasinet: Tunge løft, lette telt, og mye mer
Aibel gjennomførte norgeshistoriens kanskje tyngste løft da de tre delene til plattformdekket på Johan Sverdrup ble løftet på plass – etter to og et halvt års nitid planlegging. Beretningen om den vellykkede operasjonen er forsidesaken i årets høstutgave av Ferdmagasinet, som nå er tilgjengelig på både papir og nett.
Ferdmagasinet: Takk til ham som la grunnlaget for fremtidens Ferd
Konsernsjef John Giverholt blir pensjonist 1. august. Han og hans mangeårige innsats for Ferd står sentralt i Ferdmagasinets sommernummer – både på lederplass og i et dobbeltintervju med Giverholt og eier og styreleder Johan H. Andresen.
JA Europe is launching FERD’S LIST, a European list of young and inspirational entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders.
Johan H. Andresen, Owner and Chairman of FERD, is partnering with JA Europe to recognize and celebrate the long-term impact JA has on young people. Outstanding JA alumni, 5-10 young men and women on a unique path to “creating enduring value and leaving lasting a lasting footprint”, will be nominated from across Europe. The first FERD’S LIST honourees will be inducted in October 2017 at a ceremony in Brussels. FERD’S LIST will be an annual celebration.