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11/21/2016

MøllerGruppen appoints new executives

Several senior executives of MøllerGruppen will receive new responsibilities from 1 January, 2017. The changes are set in motion by the appointment of Terje Male as new Group CEO. Mr Male will assume his new position from the new year.

Ulf Tore Hekneby (age 46) is appointed new CEO of Harald A. Møller AS, the Norwegian auto importer. Mr Hekneby has for the last five years been Vice President for Volkswagen with the Norwegian importer. He has previously held a number of executive positions with the Group, both in import and retail.

Kai Robert Solheim (age 55) takes over as Brand Manager for Volkswagen at Harald A. Møller AS. Mr Solheim has been VP for Skoda the last three years and has previously been CEO of the auto retail chain Møller Bil as well as General Manager at retailers and VP for Audi as well as Volkswagen Utility Vehicles with the importer.

Thomas Meiner (age 34) is appointed new Brand Manager for Skoda at Harald A. Møller AS. Mr Meiner has for the last three years been General Manager at retailer Albjerk Auto and has previously served as Marketing Manager for Audi at one of Norway’s largest dealerships.

“I look forward to receiving the main responsibility for further developing Norway’s leading auto importer. More than every fourth new car in Norway is imported by Harald A. Møller. The car industry is facing significant changes, and my ambition is to maintain and strengthen our number one position,” Ulf Tore Hekneby says.

At the same time as Harald A. Møller AS on 1 January gets a new chief executive, the total responsibility for the Group’s entire import business in Norway and the Baltic region is placed with Harald A. Møller AS’s management. Tom Nordby will continue to lead the Baltic company Møller Baltic Import and will become part of Harald A. Møller AS’s executive team.

“We see a huge potential in improved coordination and exchange of experience between our import companies. However, they will remain local companies well embedded in their respective markets," incoming Group CEO, Terje Male, says.

"The auto industry faces three major trends occurring simultaneously: A deep technology shift, the digitalization of business and the shift towards the new sharing economy. MøllerGruppen’s ambition is to maintain its leadership position also with regards to these developments," Terje Male concludes.

6/27/2016

Pål Syversen steps down as CEO of MøllerGruppen

Pål Syversen (age 60) has notified MøllerGruppen’s Board of Directors that he intends to step down as the Group’s CEO. Mr Syversen has been an employee of MøllerGruppen for more than 30 years, the last 13 years as CEO.

“When one has been CEO for 13 years, and has passed the age of 60, it is sensible to consider the course going forward. Hopefully, I will still have several active years ahead of me, and the time to do something different is now. And it is with a strong sense of satisfaction that I can hand over the helm after a fantastic journey and our best years ever,” Pål Syversen said.

Under Pål Syversen’s leadership, the number of cars sold have almost tripled, revenues have quadrupled and profits have increased more than six fold since he took office in 2003. In this period, the Company has expanded into Sweden and made several acquisitions in the Baltic countries. Today, MøllerGruppen is the largest car organization in the Nordic region, with more than 4,000 employees in five countries.

“MøllerGruppen is a fantastic group of people who not only deliver incredible results, but who also represents a great family where we share a common concern for each other and the customers. That is why I have gone to work with great pleasure every morning for more than 30 years. I have only the best of feelings when I now move on to other duties for MøllerGruppen and the owner families,” Pål Syversen said.

“Pål Syversen has over a period of 13 years been a highly professional CEO who has delivered strong results on all levels. Not only financially, but also in important areas such as people and organizational development, the creation of new services, international expansion and constant improvement of customer satisfaction. The Board regrets his desire to step down, while we also express immense recognition for a job well done,” said MøllerGruppen’s Chairman Harald Møller.

“We would like to benefit from Pål Syversen’s expertise and insight also after he has stepped down as CEO. He will therefore take up a position as Director and a resource to the Board and his successor. The details of his new duties will be determined during the next half year,” Harald Møller said.

Pål Syversen will remain CEO until the end of the year. The recruitment firm Delphi Consulting has been retained to support MøllerGruppen in the selection the Group’s new CEO, and will assess both internal and external candidates.

For further information, please contact  Communications Director Paul Hegna, telephone +47 9075 3146 or mail: paul.hegna@moller.no

3/1/2016

Record high results for MøllerGruppen

MøllerGruppen, the Norwegian automotive group, achieved its best financial results ever in 2015. The Group experienced improvements in all markets and reinforces its position as the Norwegian leader of the shift to rechargeable cars.

“We are the leading car importer and distributor group in the Nordic-Baltic region, and the development during 2015 was especially positive for our activities outside Norway. More than 25 per cent of the revenues are now generated outside our home markets, and the financial results for 2015 confirm that our international expansion is successful. At the same time, MøllerGruppen reached record levels also in Norway,” CEO Pål Syversen said.

MøllerGruppen posted revenues of NOK 24.2 billion in 2015, which is a 17 per cent growth from the previous year. Pre-tax profits ended at NOK 1.1 billion, a 64 per cent increase from 2014.

In Norway, MøllerGruppen’s car brands reached a combined market share of 26.5 per cent, which is at par with the previous record from 2012. Volkswagen became the most sold car brand in Norway for the tenth consecutive year, with a market share of 17.5 per cent for passenger cars and 29.2 per cent for utility vehicles. Volkswagen now has its strongest position in Norway since the beetle was at its height in the 1960’s. Skoda and Audi maintained their market shares of approximately five per cent each.

The Norwegian car import business remains the single largest contributor to MøllerGruppen’s profits, with a pre-tax profit of NOK 589 million last year. The largest result improvement was in the Norwegian retail organization, Møller Bil Norge, who achieved a profit of NOK 417 million up from NOK 125 million in 2014. The subsidiaries in Sweden and the Baltics also saw strong profit improvements. The partly owned subsidiary Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans also experienced improved profitability last year.

2015 was the year when MøllerGruppen assumed leadership in the market of rechargeable cars. In the main market Norway, Volkswagen achieved a more than 40 per cent market share in electric cars, becoming the largest brand in the segment. In the chargeable hybrid car segment, Volkswagen and Audi had a combined market share of more than 48 per cent, making MøllerGruppen the largest vendor also in this segment. The sales development in electric cars and chargeable hybrids was a significant factor in the Group’s strong market position in 2015.

Volkswagen is the key driver in reducing CO2 emissions from the Norwegian vehicle population. The CO2 emissions from new Volkswagen was reduced by 30 per cent in 2015, while the overall reduction in the total market was nine per cent. Average CO2 emission from new Volkswagen passenger cars are down to 67 grams per kilometer, while the average for new cars from other brands were 107 grams per kilometer in 2015. 

“This is a very positive development. When every sixth new passenger car in Norway is a Volkswagen, and the brand has a significantly more favorable environmental profile than the rest of the car market, we do feel that this is an important contribution to climate preservation,” Pål Syversen said.

2015 was also the year when the MøllerGruppen organization faced its most challenging test ever, through the so-called diesel affair. The situation does not seem to have had any adverse effect on Volkswagen’s position in Norway. The brand experienced a sales growth and customer surveys demonstrated that customer satisfaction remain at the same high level as previous years.

“We thank our customers for the loyalty they have shown us. Our dealers and employees have done an impressive job in a difficult situation. We will continue to work hard to solve the situation for the 165,000 Norwegian car owners who are affected. We expect that the situation will be solved to everybody’s satisfaction by the end of the year,” CEO Pål Syversen said.

Car sales in Norway were at the third highest level ever in 2015. The uncertainties facing Norway’s economy make MøllerGruppen forecast a reduced car market in 2016. A moderate slowdown is expected in Sweden throughout the year, while the Baltic markets are expected to a slight increase. The Group does however expect a continued strong market position, due to the shift towards more environmentally favorable cars.

10/29/2015

Matthias Müller unveils next steps for the Volkswagen Group

Wolfsburg, October 28, 2015 – Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, has announced the five key steps to realign the Group. “We have to look beyond the current situation and create the conditions for Volkswagen’s successful further development”, said Müller in Wolfsburg on Wednesday. He presented a five point plan that he intends to use so that Volkswagen remains one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers in the future. Müller is confident that “Volkswagen will emerge from the current situation stronger than before”. He announced that the cornerstones of the Group’s Strategy 2025 will be presented next year.

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The Volkswagen CEO explained that his top priority is to support the customers affected by the diesel issue. “Our customers are at the core of everything that our 600,000 employees worldwide do”, he said. According to Müller, Volkswagen is working intensively to develop effective technical solutions. In contact with the Kraftfahrtbundesamt (KBA – German Federal Motor Transport Authority) the implementation is set to begin in January 2016.

Müller’s second priority is to systematically drive forward and complete the investigation into what happened. “We must uncover the truth and learn from it”, he said, adding that Volkswagen is being extremely thorough in its analysis. For this purpose, audit firm Deloitte has been engaged in addition to the steps already announced. According to Müller, those responsible for what has happened must face severe consequences.

Müller’s third priority is to introduce new structures in the Volkswagen Group. “The key point is that Group management will be decentralized to a greater extent in the future”, he said, with more independence for the brands and regions. Müller stated that the Board of Management will focus on addressing cross-brand strategies, leveraging synergies and ensuring that Group resources are used effectively. “We will review in detail our current portfolio of more than 300 models and examine the contribution that each one makes to our earnings.”

As his fourth priority, Müller is driving forward a realignment of the Group’s culture and management behavior. He noted that the pursuit of perfection, the employees’ commitment and social responsibility in the Volkswagen Group must be retained. However, he believes that changes are necessary in how Volkswagen communicates and how it handles its mistakes. “We need a culture of openness and cooperation.” Müller also called on everybody at Volkswagen to display more courage, greater creativity and a more entrepreneurial spirit in their dealings with one another.

The Volkswagen CEO announced that the fifth priority will be to transform the Group’s Strategy 2018 into a Strategy 2025. “Many people outside of Volkswagen, but also some of us, did not understand that our Strategy 2018 is about much more than production numbers. A lot of things were subordinated to the desire to be “Faster, Higher, Larger”, especially return on sales.” According to Müller, the point is not to sell 100,000 more or fewer vehicles than a major competitor. Instead, the real issue is qualitative growth. Müller announced that the cornerstones of the Group’s Strategy 2025 will be developed over the coming months, and that it would be unveiled mid-way through next year.

7/3/2015

Great commitment and a lot of joy

MøllerGruppen has over 600 employees in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The cooperation with SOS Children's Villages creates a lot of commitment and participation from our employees. That makes us proud!

MøllerGruppen is the main sponsor of SOS Children's Villages. The agreement contributes to SOS Children's Villages work for vulnerable children in the three Baltic countries. The contribution from MøllerGruppen goes for two main purposes. Half of the funds will go to children living in children's villages either because they are orphans or because their parents are unable to care for them, while the rest will be used preventively to help families in their communities with housing and various measures to prevent that families disintegrate.

- Our employees contribute with volunteer efforts on selected projects. Moller Auto Baltic has also facilitated so that youths from the SOS Children's Villages can get a summer job and vocational education. 2014 was a very active year, where we, through the important work of SOS Children's Villages, were able to contribute so that many children were helped, says Paul Hegna, Vice President Corporate Communication and CSR.

Here you can read more about what happened in the three countries during 2014:

Estonia
The main achievement for SOS Children's Villages in Estonia in 2014 in the field of the family based care, was the successful taking over an orphanage, which resides in new family homes. From 2015 they will apply the family based care also in these homes. The organization is now the largest offering these kinds of solutions in Estonia. All in all, 600 children could befit from the SOS Children's Villages work in 2014.

MøllerGruppen employees participated in voluntary work and other activities and a team from the village in Keila, "Keila CV Football Team", will participate in this year's Norway Cup in Oslo.

Latvia
At the beginning of 2014 there were 159 children getting home and care in one of the four children villages in the country. The Family Strengthening Program takes place at five locations in Latvia and at these places, there were each month about 520 children and youth, and 400 adults from a total of 238 families getting support.

Other measures in 2014:
• MøllerGruppen has the last years sent a truck full of clothes from its headquarter at Frysja, shoes, toys and other articles to children and families in Valmiere and Islice.
• 76 children from the villages have participated in the Riga Marathon together with employees from Møller Auto.
• Several activities have been carried out together with employees from MøllerGruppen, including a surprising birthday celebration for a little boy in a disadvantaged family. Children from SOS Children's Villages have also been invited to different customer events by Møller Auto.

Lithuania
In Lithuania there were 294 children and 118 families who received support from SOS Children's Villages. In the summer camp "Summer Camp Karkle", arranged by SOS Children's Villages,  689 children and 476 adults got a very nice stay. The children came from different foster homes in Lithuania and there were also 12 youths from SOS Children's Villages who worked at the summer camp, and in that way gained important work experience.

Under the MøllerGruppen auspices children and youth were on a visit at our dealer in Vilnius and got insight in the different parts of the business, followed by a pleasant picnic. There has also been carried out voluntary work in the children's villages where children and youth and employees from Møller Auto have cooperated.

Youth from SOS Children's Villages have also got the opportunity the get summer jobs at Møller Auto. By such an activity they have acquired important experiences about job choices, gained motivation to do it well at school, experienced to be a full member of a team and also got the opportunity to learn and understand how it is to get paid and pay taxes.

MøllerGruppen has also made cars available for SOS Children's Villages.

- We truly feel that we, through the important work from SOS Children's Villages, are contributing to give children and youth a safer and better everyday life. That so many of our employees are doing voluntary work is contributing to building a good company culture and proud employees, Paul Hegna says.


 

2/26/2015

Strong progress for MøllerGruppen

MøllerGruppen, the Norwegian automotive importer and retail group, posted sales of NOK 20.6 billion in 2014, a nine per cent sales growth from the previous year. The increase was mainly driven by higher passenger car sales in all of the Group’s markets.

(PRESS RELEASE – MøllerGruppen’s financial results 2014)
«We have never previously sold as many cars as we did in 2014. Last year we imported 53,887 cars into our markets and sold 40,938 cars through our own retailers,” MøllerGruppen CEO Pål Syversen says.

While the total market for new passenger cars grew by one per cent in MøllerGruppen’s Norwegian home market, the Group increased its Norwegian passenger car sales by nearly eight per cent. The Group’s three car brands, Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi, together represented more than 25 per cent of the total new car market in Norway in 2014. MøllerGruppen saw growing sales numbers also in Sweden and the Baltics.

The Group’s pre-tax profit for last year ended at NOK 671 million. This is NOK 30 million below the previous year’s results. However, 2014 results included non-recurring costs and balance sheet impairments totaling NOK 174 million. These items were mainly related to the relocation of MøllerGruppen’s car dealer in Western Oslo and changes in the Group’s pension scheme. Adjusted for these items, the Group’s 2014 financial result is among the best ever.

«The strong financial result is caused by a general market growth, the fact that we have improved our market shares, and increased service market sales at our retailers,” CEO Pål Syversen comments.

The Norwegian importer, Harald A. Møller, was the main contributor to the Group’s financial result. The company posted a pre-tax profit of NOK 527 million, an increase from the previous year’s profit of NOK 455 million.

Møller Bil Norge, which is the company’s Norwegian retail chain, improved its pre-tax profit from NOK 124 million to NOK 230 million last year.

Over the last few years, MøllerGruppen has expanded its activities in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Sweden. MøllerGruppen represents the Volkswagen Group’s brands also in these markets. In 2014, nearly a quarter of MøllerGruppen’s total revenues were generated outside Norway.

The retail company Møller Bil Sverige has had a very positive development and got last year a profit before tax of NOK 36 million last year.

The Group’s operations in the Baltics had a combined pre-tax profit of NOK 30 million, which is slightly less than the 2013 profit of NOK 33 million. Even though the number of cars sold increased in 2014, the reduced result was caused by increased margin pressure in these markets.

The financing company Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans had its best year ever last year, and posted a pre-tax profit of NOK 205 million, which is an increase from the previous year’s NOK 188 million. MøllerGruppen holds 49 per cent of the shares in the financing company.

«2014 was the year when MøllerGruppen assumed leadership also in the Norwegian market for electric cars. Following the successful introductions of e-Golf and e-Up!, these models combined managed to take nearly a 28 per cent market share in Norway’s chargeable car market,” Pål Syversen says.

“We are also highly satisfied with the results of our long term efforts to improve customer satisfaction. We have never before had more satisfied customers than today. All achievements seen together, 2014 stands out as the best year in the Group’s 78 year long history,” Pål Syversen says.

MøllerGruppen forecasts a moderate reduction in the Norwegian new car market in 2015, caused by the reduced oil price and the uncertainties now facing the Norwegian economy. For Sweden and the Baltics, the Group expects a more stable market development. However, the Group’s car brands will introduce several new models in 2015, expected to secure the strong market position going forward.

Paul Hegna
Vice President Corporate Communication and CSR
Frysjaveien 31b | Tlf: + 47 24 03 33 00
Postboks 6671 Etterstad | Dir: +47 24 03 33 31
N-0609 Oslo | Mob: +47 90 75 31 46

1/26/2015

Manager rotation in MøllerGruppen

Tom Chr. Nordby (40) will be new Managing Director of Moller Baltic Import SE - responsible for MøllerGruppen’s import business in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Several leaders and managers in MøllerGruppen are now getting new positions and responsibilities in the company. The changes are taking place according to the ambition to create an increasingly powerful and dynamic organization, and this includes giving the managers in the company new tasks and challenges.
 
MøllerGruppen has a viable tradition in developing leaders. An important part of this is to give managers regularly new challenges through manager mobility in the organization.
 
Tom Chr. Nordby (40) will be new Managing Director of Moller Baltic Import SE, responsible for MøllerGruppen’s import business in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (Moller Baltic Import SE).
 
Tom Chr. Nordby will be replacing Tore Nilsen Breen, who after three years as head of the import business in the Baltics, is moving back to Norway. This change will come into effect as of 2nd of March, 2015.
 
Tom Chr. Nordby has a very broad background from the car business, latest as Managing Director for Møller Bil Tønsberg, a position he has had for the last five years. He started in MøllerGruppen in 1999 as a technician at Møller Bil Ensjø, and has had several major positions both with the importer and with the dealer.
 
- Tore Nilsen Breen has performed very well as head of our import business in the Baltics the last three years and I am proud that we have found a successor within our own organization, CEO Pål Syversen says.

3/3/2014

MøllerGruppen gears up for increased markets shares in 2014

Oslo, 28.02.14 Press Release – MøllerGruppen Financial Results 2013 MøllerGruppen’s profits saw a 16 per cent dip in 2013, manly caused by an extreme price pressure in the Norwegian car market. ”Never before has it been so attractive for Norwegian consumers to buy a new car as in 2013,” said MøllerGruppen CEO Pål Syversen.

MøllerGruppen had revenues of NOK 19.0 billion. This is a slight increase over the 2012 revenues of NOK 18.8 billion. The Group’s pre-tax profits were NOK 692 million, corresponding to a profit margin of 3.6 per cent. Pre-tax profits in 2012 were NOK 829 million, reflecting a profit margin of 4.4 per cent.

Despite high volumes, the Norwegian auto market was more demanding in 2013 than ever before. MøllerGruppen’s two largest car brands both lost some market share last year. However, Volkswagen did defend its position as the largest car brand in the Norwegian market, while Audi maintained the lead position in the premium segment.

The economic crisis in Europe has increased the car manufacturers’ inventory, resulting in extreme price pressure. Furthermore, electric cars last year took a significant share of the new cars sales volumes for the first time. MøllerGruppen entered this segment late in the year.

Also, the sales development in the car market is closely linked to the introduction of new models. MøllerGruppen had few model launches last year.

“Seen against the major challenges in the 2013 car market, we are satisfied with the financial results,” Pål Syversen said.

The Norwegian auto importer Harald A. Møller took the heaviest burden in last year’s demanding car market. Sales fell by nearly NOK 300 million to approximately NOK 9.5 billion. Harald A. Møller’s pre-tax profits were NOK 455 million, against NOK 588 million the previous year.

The auto dealers of Møller Bil Norge saw revenues grow last year, assisted by increased used car sales. Combined revenues for the Group’s wholly owned Norwegian car retailers were NOK 10.9 billion, against NOK 10.7 billion in 2012. 

MøllerGruppen had for the first time more than 20 per cent of its revenues outside Norway last year. The Group has a significant chain of car dealers in Sweden, and is auto importer as well as retailer in the three Baltic countries. In Sweden, the 2013 accounts show a loss, after significant impairments of real estate. The car operations in the Baltics developed positively in 2013, both in terms of sales and profits.

Volkswagen Møller Bilfinans had a results improvement, net profit came in at NOK 66 million in 2013, up from NOK 57 million the previous year. The company is Norway’s second largest provider of car leasing. MøllerGruppen’s customers are increasingly choosing combined offerings including the car itself, financing, insurance and the service program.

”At MøllerGruppen, customer satisfaction receives just as much management attention as the financial results. We are extremely pleased to see that our customer satisfaction ratings improved or remained at the same level for all our car brands in 2013. Ove the last ten years, our customers’ satisfaction has improved immensely. This is the result of targeted efforts over several years,” Pål Syversen said.

MøllerGruppen’s real estate business is experiencing good progress, and revenues ended above NOK 300 million in 2013. The pre-tax profit also improved, and ended at NOK 40 million last year.

Over the last ten years, MøllerGruppen’s revenues have nearly tripled. The Group’s equity has quadrupled over the same period, reflecting that the owners over the years have chosen to let the profits remain in the company in order to further expand operations. This has enabled MøllerGruppen to expand in Norway, Sweden and the Baltcics and take the helm as the leading auto organization in the Nordic region.

MøllerGruppen takes a positive view on 2014. The car brands in the Group’s portfolio will launch several new models in 2014, among them a number of electric cars and chargeable hybrids.
”The competition in the car market will remain just as hard as it was last year. However, I am convinced that the new models being launched, together with a more complete offering to our customers and our own efforts, will enable us to regain market shares in 2014,” MøllerGruppen CEO Pål Syversen said.

Contact information
Paul Hegna
Vice President, Corporate Communications and Responsibility 

Frysjaveien 31b                
Postboks 6671 Etterstad    
N-0609 Oslo

Tel:   + 47 24 03 33 00
Dir:    +47 24 03 33 31
Mob: +47 90 75 31 46 

    



9/17/2013

Buying more glass angels from Kirkens Bymisjon

Kirkens Bymisjon and Møllergruppen expand their existing collaboration agreement. The new agreement includes the purchase of between 6,000 and 10,000 hanging glass angels per year, depending on the car market in Norway .

As part of its corporate social responsibility Møllergruppen has chosen to support organizations and initiatives that contribute to a more generous and better society.

"Lønn som Fortjent " under the auspices of Kirkens Bymisjon, gives addicts a job to go to and the salary paid in cash the same day. Some of them make glass angels. MøllerGruppen has supported this project since 2007 through the purchase of 5000 glass angels. Glass angels have been used as gifts for employees.

The parties now expand the agreement with selected car dealers who will hand out glass angels in lovely gift packages for the supply of new vehicles to customers.

- We hope to be able to buy about 10 000 glass angels every year and in this way contribute to gainful employment for very many more women in the "Lønn som Fortjent", Paul Hegna stated, Director of Corporate Information and CSR.

- It is with great pleasure that we enter into this partnership. It is creative, forward looking and hopeful, a great way to collaborate, one plus dimension to those who make the angels and an important contribution to our way of working, says General  Secretary, Sturla Stålsett , Kirkens Bymisjon.

- It's very nice to be able to contribute to the important work Kirkens Bymisjon does. I would also like to thank the retailers who have received this program very well, Harald Frigstad says, Director Møller Bil.

Glass Angels used as gifts to the "new car buyers " across the country, will be produced and delivered from four independent offices in Norway .

Møllergruppen will, in addition to this, also purchase up to 1,000 standing glass angels as Christmas gifts to their employees in Oslo, Fredrikstad, Haugesund and Trondheim. The agreement also includes financial contributions to "Lønn som Fortjent" for upgrading and strengthening of the business.

Lønn som Fortjent
Lønn som Fortjent  is a work measure that since 2004 has offered employment for people with drug problems. LsF is an arena where they can experience the value of paid work and also represents an alternative to prostitution, begging and crime.

"The angels represent the hope that things seemingly crushed and broken can be put together into something beautiful. I have now got a new life with meaning and a different identity."
- Worker in Engleverkstedet  -

7/4/2013

MøllerGruppen enters cooperation with SOS Children’s Villages

MøllerGruppen enters a partnership with SOS Children’s Villages. The agreement provides one million NOK each year to the work for the most vulnerable children in the three Baltic countries.

MøllerGruppen is one of the largest automobile groups in Northern Europe. The family owned group has been present in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia since 1997 with 550 employees in the Baltic countries at present. The cooperation agreement is signed with SOS-children’s Villages Norway and it will provide funds for the work with the most vulnerable children in the three Baltic countries.

- The cooperation agreement with MøllerGruppen will have great importance for the children we help. There are still significant challenges in the Baltic countries, and we are very pleased with the contribution from MøllerGruppen, said Svein Grønnern, Secretary-General of SO Children’s Villages Norway.

The contributions from MøllerGruppen will serve to main purposes. Half of the funds will be used on children living in SOS Children’s Villages either because they are orphans or their parents is not capable to provide and care for them. The rest will be used to help families to function in their local communities, with housing, and other measures in order to prevent families to split up.

- We have wanted to enter a cooperation of this kind in the Baltic region for some time. At an early stage we found that we could easily indentify ourselves with the core values of SOS Children’s Villages and their focus on family and security, said Paul Hegna, Vice President Corporate Communications and CSR at MøllerGruppen.

- Through this cooperation we want to contribute to the protection of the children who need it the most, and at the same time build on our own culture and core values when engaging our employees in the Baltic region in this project. We really look forward to start the cooperation and help children and youth out of a difficult situation and give them the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, said Hegna.

Corporate social responsibility is an important part of MøllerGruppen’s operations as it contributes to value creation, proud employees and a good reputation. The goal is that competence and experience gathered in the group shall be beneficial to as many as possible and thus inspire and motivate groups outside MøllerGruppen to seek knowledge and develop good solutions.

MøllerGruppen support organizations and initiative that contributes to a generous and better society. Partnerships as Kirkens Bymisjon and their project ‘Lønn som fortjent’ (work program for people with addictive issues), The Norwegian Red Cross’ initiative ‘Ferie for alle’ (Holiday for all) and the school ship Christian Radich are all examples of this priority.

About Children's Villages
SOS Children's Villages is an international humanitarian organisation that provides care and safe homes to children. SOS Children’s Villages has more than 60 years of experience in child care and works independent of nationality, culture and religion in 520 locations in 133 countries all over the world. SOS Children’s Villages help the most vulnerable children in the world, orphans and children without proper care. There are 153 million orphans in the world. (Source: Unicef 2009)

 

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