In 1934, Olof Wallenius formed the first company in Soya Group, Rederi AB Soya. It was named from the cargo the first vessels carried, soybean oil. Nowadays, Rederi AB Soya is a holding company, which invests in operations the owners are interested in and believe in. Each company run and develops its businesses in line with the parent company’s values. The Group has some 1,000 co-workers in Europe and Asia. The Soya Group’s operations have an annual turnover of 1.5 billion SEK. There are also shares in a number of external companies, with a total annual turnover of nearly 40 billion SEK.
THE SHIPPING ACTIVITIES
Wallenius Linesis today an industrial investor and shareholder in several international shipping and logistics companies. The focus on the investments is to help develop the companies to be sustainable in the long term, both from an environmental and an economic perspective.
Wallenius Marineis aleading service provider in international shipping of ship management, technical management and design and newbuilding services. Wallenius Marine has also developed a number of unique products and services to streamline and radically reduce operating costs, increase load and energy efficiency and sharply reduce emissions into water and air.
THE REAL ESTATE OPERATIONS
Wallfastwas once part of the Wallenius shipping companies, which acquired their first property in the 1930s. Over the past 30 years, the property portfolio in Stockholm has grown and today comprises almost 4,000 apartments and commercial premises.
Hässelby Hem is a subsidiary of Wallfast and was formed in 2008 to manage and develop properties and areas in Hässelby in the long term.
Wallfast’s subsidiary AB Cisterna works with real estate projects and property development. Cisterna developed and built together with Skanska Nya Hem the residential area Gåshaga Pirar on Lidingö and is once again collaborating on a similar project on Ekerö. Cisterna also owns the unique senior residence Björnbo on Lidingö, which over the years has been carefully refined and expanded.
THE STUD AND TROTTING ACTIVITIES
For more than 70 years, Menhammar Stud Farmhas been one of the most successful among the classic Swedish stud farms for trotting horses. Menhammar Farm also conducts agriculture, forestry and game management. All parts are coordinated to protect the animals, nature and the environment.
SOYA GROUP SUPPORT
The Group’s shared administrative functions have been gathered in Soya Group Support AB. Here we find Group Communications, Group Facility Service, Group Financial & Business Control, Group Human Resources, Group IS / IT, Group Security and Group Treasury. About 80 people work in Soya Group Support.
All operations in Soya Group conduct active and long-term sustainability work. Goals and strategies are prepared and concretized within each company, but the work follows a number of important Group-wide principles:
All environmental work is based on a holistic perspective. It is important for us to be forerunners and to demonstrate to others what can be achieved.
Everyone shall work with upstream solutions. This means that we strive to solve the source of any problem so as not to cause new problems.
Everyone shall contribute to sustainable development by optimising resource use and reducing environmental impact in each business.
All environmental work is based on the principle of continual improvement. Environmental work shall be integrated with the other strategic business objectives of each company.
Precisely how the work should be done and how long each business has come is accounted for by the respective company.