Navigating partner criteria
For both major players and smaller companies, it is crucial to know: what do partners do in terms of behavior, what sustainability policies and code of conduct do they have in place, and how do they approach safety and ethics? There is a good reason for this, as the screws will have to be tightened considerably in the upcoming years for the benefit of the people, the environment and the success of the entire manufacturing industry.
Trust comes first
"The environment in which companies have to operate is changing rapidly," says Sven Akkerman, CFO at Valk Welding, "and this can create uncertainty for entrepreneurs." Inflation, climate change and scarcity have significant consequences for the metal industry. Valk Welding prioritises the trust of its customers, as confirmed by the positive results of the Volvo audit. Akkerman explains: "In terms of continuity, responsible governance and reliability, we have achieved a really good result. Valk Welding has grown rapidly in recent years, and Volvo has recognised and appreciated the professionalisation that this has brought.”