O&L Company Profile

As a truly African company employing almost 5000 people in various sectors, the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group of Companies is rooted in, and committed to Africa, and all her people. The Group emerged from the early Ohlthaver & List Bank Kommission partnership between Hermann Ohlthaver and Carl List in 1919, where after Ohlthaver & List Limited was established in Namibia on the 13th of May 1923.

Today, O&L is Namibia’s largest privately held Group of Companies outside of the mining sector, with business interests in food production, fishing, beverages, farming, retail trade, information technology, property leasing and development, marine engineering, steelworks and the leisure and hospitality industry. The O&L Group of Companies was awarded the overall winner in the large business category in the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 ‘Deloitte Best Company To Work For’ (BCTWF) survey in the SADC Region. The O&L Group further holds the No.1 position as the Best Company To Work For in Namibia in the large category for 2012, 2013 and 2014.

With annual revenues of close to N$5 billion making O&L a significant contributor to state coffers, this broad based group has grown to not only be a significant contributor of GDP in Namibia, but is actively engaged in uplifting the lives of its people, its consumers and society, wherever it operates. O&L is relentless in its pursuit of creating a sustainable future for all, and therefore passionately embraces its purpose: “Creating a Future, Enhancing Life” in everything we do while actively pursuing our vision which is “to be the most progressive and inspiring company”.

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