Bureau Veritas

Dt: www.bureauveritas.de

Bureau Veritas is a world's leading inspection, classification and certification company, which emerged from an information office was founded in Antwerp in 1828 for maritime insurance. Since 1833 is the company's headquarters in Paris.

Bureau Veritas is considered the world's second- largest companies in the conformity assessment and certification in the areas of quality, health & safety, environment and social responsibility ( " QHSE -SR ").

Recognized and accredited by major national and international organizations, Bureau Veritas is present in 140 countries through a network of approximately 1,330 offices, laboratories and offices. 2012 assisted more than 59,000 people over 400,000 customers and achieved a turnover of 3.902 billion euros.

Fields of activity

Since 2000, the company was reorganized and operates in eight global businesses:

  • Industry
  • Inspection and In-Service Verification
  • Certification
  • Shipping
  • Construction and Real Estate
  • Consumer Product Services
  • Government Contracts and International Trade
  • Raw materials


The service includes inspection of facilities, equipment and products as well as the auditing of systems and processes at both regional and international levels. The results of these inspections and audits is the issuance of a certificate confirming the conformity to the requirements, such as quality, health & safety, environment and social responsibility in general.

Companies require an extensive knowledge of its own products, equipment, facilities or equipment. By components analysis, ie, different test methods and analytical methods such as non-destructive testing, destructive testing and environmental assessments to be carried out on site or in laboratories, it helps companies to gain the necessary knowledge.

When the ship classification is a set of operations that are used in marine applications, from design to commissioning to ongoing ship operation. The goal is to keep the ship in accordance with internationally recognized safety standards at the highest level operational and thus to protect the life, health and the environment.

Process efficiency and transparency, product and system safety, and the demonstration of an environmentally conscious actions are to certify, for example, reasons for businesses, products or systems. The certification process usually includes on-site audits, standardized testing and inspections, and later, during the entire period of validity of certification through continuous inspections (eg, surveillance audits ).

Commercial properties - mostly office buildings and industrial or commercial plants - should at all times be safe and be in the best possible condition. There are companies offered reviews of buildings and facilities in the form of Technical Due Diligence. Furthermore, the safety equipment available (eg fire protection) tested for compliance with applicable laws and requirements and if necessary made ​​suggestions for improvement. In addition, the construction and approval legal situation of real estate is assessed and documented.

Employees as the most important resource in a company should always be on the current state of knowledge. A training or continuing education helps the company and the employees, current methods and " good practices " in the areas of quality, health & safety, learning environment and social responsibility. The training helps to adapt to the demands of the market, so that depending on the situation the right decisions can be taken.

By assigned problems or projects are examined, recommendations, benchmarking and technical advice as to: organizational and risk management consultancy, design and implementation are provided by technical and organizational solutions that promote efficiency.

Locations in Germany

Bureau Veritas has in addition to its headquarters in Hamburg in Germany has offices in Berlin, Braunschweig, Bremerhaven, Essen, Frankfurt / M., Furth, Leipzig, Speyer, Mannheim, Munich, Filderstadt, Nuremberg, Schwerin, Stuttgart, Türk home and Ulm.


52 percent of Bureau Veritas shares (as of 2011) owned by the French private equity firm Wendel Investissement.


Bureau Veritas is one of the " International Association of Classification Societies " at (IACS, "International Association of Classification Societies ).

In addition, Bureau Veritas is a member of the "Green Rating Initiative 's Governance Committee ", which has developed along with AEW Europe, AXA Real Estate and ING Real Estate, a new European rating tool that a reliable measurement of the environmental performance of existing buildings possible.


  • Automotive
  • Construction and Real Estate
  • Service
  • Retail
  • Electrical and Electronics
  • Energy supply
  • Industrial facilities and equipment
  • Consumer
  • Food
  • Aerospace
  • Oil and Gas
  • Process industry
  • Governments, organization and trade
  • Transport and infrastructure


The company, founded in 1828 in Antwerp ( Belgium ), the performance of a simple mission prescribed: to give shipping underwriters date information on premiums in commercial centers as well as on the exact condition of ships and material for determining the confidence levels.

1830 a branch was opened in Paris. Already in 1833 the business had increased so much activity on the ground that the headquarters was moved to the French capital.

With the development of the Industrial Revolution, the company broadened its range of services. The use of iron and steel in shipbuilding made ​​a material spot check required. 1910 a new service was with the " material control " is introduced, whose task it was to examine all the materials that had to do with building materials industry, diesel engines, tractors and the like, as well as the factories themselves.

1922 entrusted the French Government Bureau Veritas official control of airworthiness certificates in civil aviation (the acquired expertise in the maritime sector has already proven to be extremely valuable ). The new Aeronautical Service led comprehensive ordinances, based on regular inspections and performed according to certain rules.

Similarly, led the demand of insurance companies by regular inspections of buses and trucks in France to the founding of automotive services in 1927.

Due to the increasing number of accidents during the construction boom after the First World War, the insurer quickly realized that they can no longer cover the risks offered without previous checks. Again, Bureau Veritas responded to these changing market situation and founded in 1929 the control service for buildings and public housing ( "Control Service for Buildings & Civil Engineering" ).

Opened in 1932, Bureau Veritas own laboratories in Levallois-Perret near Paris to conduct metallurgical and chemical analysis, and testing of construction materials.

Between 1980 and 1990, Bureau Veritas several new subsidiaries in order to respond optimally to specific requirements, one of them was BVQI, Bureau Veritas Certification today.

1988 Quality and ISO certification requirements on key issues for many companies. There was a growing demand for independent third parties to conduct system certifications.

In 1995 brought two new institutional investors, CGIP and Poincaré Investissement fresh air into Bureau Veritas activities.


The logo shows a young woman sitting on the edge of a fountain and the arms raised in the air. In her right hand a torch in the left mirror. Her right foot rests on the globe. On the floor there is a balance, a caduceus and a rooster with its eyes raised towards the woman. The horizon shows a three-masted, with raised sails, a bay crossing.

Important acquisitions

  • 2005 Linhart Petersen Power Associates ( USA)
  • 2005 Clayton and NATLSCO (USA)
  • 2005 Casella ( UK )
  • IRC 2006 (Australia)
  • 2006 Kilpatrick (Australia)
  • 2006 Intico (Australia)
  • 2007 ECA GLOBAL ( Spain)
  • 2008 CESMEC Group ( Chile)
  • 2008 Amdel (Australia)
  • 2008 ANASOL (Brazil )
  • 2010 Inspectorate ( United Kingdom )
  • 2013 7Layers Group.