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The changing face The changing face of Suriname 1968-2008 By the end of the 20th century and at the dawn of the 21st, Suriname is once again reinventing itself by slowly moving away from a primary materials-based economy towards a service-driven economy with eco-tourism as an important growth industry. Although this transformation will take time, and Suriname is only at the beginning of this process, it is once again Kersten which is taking the lead and serving as an example of Surinamese...

The road to maturity The face of a company moving into adulthood 1946-1968 After having endured the challenges presented by the First and Second World War and the economic depression of the 1920s and 1930s, Kersten was ready to enter into its next phase of development. As the Surinamese community was reinventing itself, and modernizing, along with the rest of the world, its needs and desires changed. Where in previous times the focus of the community was geared towards satisfying such basic...

World War II Kersten and World War II 1919-1945 When the Second World War broke out, Kersten was ready to play its part. Even though Kersten was placed under control of the “Commission Rechtsverkeer”, the company delivered an important contribution to the projects initiated by the armed forces. Under the leadership of Ir. De Kraker and Ir. Reitsma, Kersten supplied the heavy machinery needed to expand Zanderij Airport, built the necessary roads that led to the Zanderij Airport, and supported the companies...

World War I Kersten and World War I Kersten persevered even in times of War. Although times were tough, and both import and export experienced a dramatic drop in volumes, Kersten laboured through this time by focusing its efforts on importing much needed grains and by continuing to develop its social agenda. It was during this time that Kersten continued to develop social programs like the first local internship program and the employee housing program that enabled Kersten employees to purchase houses...

Profile Profile of a young company After having established itself as a responsible and valuable corporate citizen, Kersten continued to make a difference whenever possible. It was Kersten, which as one of the first companies in Suriname, started to give its employees Christmas bonuses. It was Kersten which, when the food shortage of 1846 struck, commissioned a ship to sail from New York to Suriname to feed the city. It was Kersten, which brought a piece of quiet to the centre of...

Early beginnings Stakeholder-driven from the start 1781-1868 From the start, Kersten would focus its commercial activities in the areas of providing services and goods. These would not only create profits, but served society as a whole. It is this early dedication to what we today call “stakeholder-based business practice” that motivated Kersten to create such businesses as the Kersten Bakery, the Kersten Grocery Store, Kersten Bookstore, Kersten Furniture Store and Kersten Building Materials Store. Each of the above-mentioned businesses provided in the...

Nascence The date is 29 June 1768; the place is the notary public in Paramaribo, Suriname. The occasion is the birth of what would one day be a conglomerate spanning 19 companies, 5 industries and providing employment for over 600 people. It was on this day that Christoph Kersten bought the building that would house the tailoring service and manufacturing business that would become the first of many future commercial enterprises creating value under the C. Kersten en Co. N.V. flag....