What do you personally associate with this year’s motto for the BLG Annual Report:
“Mastering challenges together”?
I find it very fitting. 2021 was characterized by challenges and these will continue to play a key role in
2022 – albeit to varying degrees in the different divisions. I think the word together is important,
because in a company the size of ours we can only achieve our goals if we work together as a team – it’s not
a task for an individual alone. Mastering implies that we not only tackle the challenges, but also find ways
of overcoming them. That’s not just abstract theory, it sums up what we experience on an everyday basis at
2021 will go down in history as the second coronavirus year. What is your feeling
when you look back over the year?
Once we put 2020 behind us, many hoped that in 2021 the pandemic would be over. Unfortunately, that wasn’t
the case and we had to grapple with the situation over and over again. Restrictions in our private lives
combined with the business challenges we faced made considerable demands on the entire BLG workforce. My
heartfelt thanks go to all employees. Personally, I was in no doubt that we would weather the year better.
After all, in our joint show of strength in 2020, we already amply demonstrated that we can do it. For me,
that’s proof that the cultural change we initiated three-and-a-half years ago is
now bearing fruit. The corporate values we developed together back then, such as embracing change, have
played a decisive role in the past two pandemic years.
COVID-19 has had one small positive effect, though:
The pandemic has shown how important and systemically relevant logistics is. Uninterrupted production and
functioning goods flows need reliable logistics. Railcars, trucks, ships – these are the lifelines of our
economy. We can be proud that operations at our ports have continued even in challenging times.