The Kompass classification system

The Kompass classification system was designed during the founding of Kompass in 1947. It was, and continues to be, an innovative system known to many as, “the big black books”. It is now available exclusively on the Internet via the Kompass website in over 68 countries in 25 languages.

The business activities of companies are identified in detail and linked to one or more industry groupings and product categories, depending on the specific product or service offered, providing a richer classification method than other systems such as SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) codes.

A reliable structure

The Kompass system consists of three levels:

  • 67 sectors referred to by a 2-digit code (e.g. 21 for beverages)
  • 3,015 branches referred to by a 5-digit code (e.g. 21500 for mineral waters)
  • 59,000 goods and services referred to by a 7-digit code (e.g. 2150001 for natural mineral waters)

The advantages

For the B2B market, the Kompass classification offers three major advantages:

  • Optimal research – as a 5-digit code or a 7-digit code is applied to each company’s products and services, the nomenclature clearly identifies their specific activities
  • Worldwide targeting – as Kompass is established in over 68 countries, the classification provides standardised product descriptions whatever the geographic location or language of the company
  • Reliable data – the classification system is updated once a year ; depending on new and obsolete goods or industries, its structure is often refined in order to make it the most accurate as possible

How we can help your business

To this day, the Kompass classification proves the richest, most comprehensive system worldwide. Guiding the user in its search, it stands as a valuable resource in identifying potential clients, suppliers and partners, for expanding your business at home and internationally.

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