About Kersten

Kersten at a glance

C. Kersten en Co. N.V. was founded in 1768 and is one of the most diversified companies in Suriname with 21 operating companies divided over 6 Divisions of which 5 operational divisions.

As one of the oldest trade companies in the Western Hemisphere, Kersten has always been able to pride itself upon the trust of the community.
With the highest moral and social standards as it’s foundation, Kersten has developed into a solution driven group of companies with a clear vision for the future. The Kersten Group consists of operating companies, which are limited liability enterprises with over 850 employees and experience in trade, industry and prime real estate.

The single shareholder of Kersten is the Moravian Church Foundation (MCF) Business Enterprises B.V..
Kersten has developed strong ties with the community of Suriname throughout their long history and is committed to create sustainable long term value for their customers, employees and shareholders.

Our Mission

We are a reliable and innovative customer-driven group of companies delivering a diversity of products & services of high-quality with respect for people and the environment.

Our Vision

We are an established, diversified and sustainable group of companies in Suriname, well positioned in the region and known for high-quality products & services, provided by operational companies who are responsive to customer needs and driven by teams of passionate and innovative professionals.


We believe in contributing to the well-being of employees, clients, community and other stakeholders. We daily challenge ourselves in creating a healthy, safe and pleasant work environment to achieve and deliver quality and in all that we do;


We believe in enhancing and creating synergies by working together as a team. We are team players and demonstrate both leadership and professionalism. We motivate and encourage each other by always being accountable, supportive and respectful;


We believe in the continuous and sustainable improvement of our businesses by stimulating a culture of creative thinking, strategic focus and by seeking new opportunities;


We believe in and will reward excellent performance resulting in high quality products and services. We create shareholder’s value by focusing on profitability and by delivering excellence and in our products and services;


We believe in honesty and trustworthiness by doing what we say and saying what we do. Based on moral principles, we prom ise each other, our shareholders, partners and customers to be transparent and truthful.”