We are an independent family-owned Group
Founded in 1969 by Henri Coisne and his brothers, Sonepar has grown steadily, while maintaining its entrepreneurial values. Fifty years down the road, our Group is still independent. Sonepar has expanded with the support of its family shareholders, and by investing in the skills of its associates.
We focus on the long term …
Every day, everywhere, the involvement of our people is what ensures our success. They maintain close relationships with thousands of customers, suppliers and business partners.
We give men and women priority status:
Earning the trust of our customers is how we achieve profitable growth.
We recognize talent, we invest in training and we encourage internal promotions throughout our Group.
We develop robust partnerships with high-quality manufacturers.
… and on consistent results
We hold world leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical products, solutions and related services.
Key Figures 2018
Our Group operates at the heart of a global market —and with major potential for expansion. There is an increasingly broad range of applications for electrical equipment, product technology is evolving and there is a growing need for new services.
Both global and local
Our DNA is unique. A balance between local initiative and global operations underlies our business growth.
We leave it up to the men and women working at our subsidiaries to respond to customer needs, because they have thorough knowledge of their markets. Shared local initiative leads to global success. Strategic global policies validated by all are implemented to enhance our operational excellence and serve our customers more effectively.
Global and LocalTools for sharing experience
One of Sonepar’s key assets is that we are able to encourage and promote synergies across the entire Group. And to facilitate the dissemination of good practices and the sharing of knowledge and experience. To that end, we have deployed tools like Yammer (a corporate social network) and MySonepar (a Group-wide intranet). The latest addition, the Sonepedia platform, allows users to share information, knowledge, experience and initiatives so that they can be disseminated faster throughout the Group.
Global and LocalSonepar International Committees
Starting in 1991, Sonepar has set up several international committees. They bring together managers from various countries and experts in such areas as IT, logistics, finance, legal, compliance and human resources. The committees report information from local entities to senior management and share expertise and good practices as a means to develop and disseminate concrete solutions faster and more efficiently. Marketing teams network internationally to improve the management of product segments, innovations and market opportunities. Those networks communicate and pool their experience.
Created in 1991, the SJC (Sonepar Junior Committee) brings together executives under age 40 who are assigned the task of going deeper into strategic issues submitted to them by the Group’s Executive Leadership.