Sustainability



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Our ambition is to create sustainable value for all our stakeholders: our customers, employees, shareholders, and the communities where we are active.

Bekaert has an ambitious sustainability agenda with clear commitments toward:

  • our employees
  • our customers and other business partners
  • the environment
  • the society
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Our 2030 ambitions

  • Strive for zero accidents
  • 40% female managers/white collars

Our commitment toward our employees

As a company and as individuals, we act with integrity and commit to the highest standards of business ethics. We promote equal opportunity, foster diversity and we create a caring and safe working environment across our organization. Our values are ingrained in our culture and connect us all as One Bekaert team.

We act with integrity · We earn trust · We are irrepressible!

Read about our achievements and ambitions in the latest sustainability report.

Our initiatives

  • All managers and salaried professionals worldwide annually confirm their commitment to the Bekaert Code of Conduct
  • Global BeCare Health & Safety program and Annual Health & Safety Week in all plants and offices globally
  • The Bekaert University is the one-stop learning & development center for all employees 
  • Engagement surveys gauge motivation
  • Topical global learning weeks include an Information Security week, the annual Hello customer! week, and more

Policies

 
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Our 2030 ambitions

  • 100% of strategic suppliers are EcoVadis listed
  • 95% of spend is with suppliers who sign off our Supplier Code of Conduct
  • We apply strict compliance management

Our commitment toward customers and other business partners

We see sustainability as an opportunity to differentiate ourselves and our business partners along the supply chain. We promote and apply responsible and sustainable business practices in all our business and community relationships. Our sourcing and innovation programs enhance sustainability throughout the value chain.

Read about our achievements and ambitions in the latest sustainability report.

Our initiatives

  • More than 80% of Bekaert’s global R&D programs target distinct benefits in terms of health & safety and/or the environment
  • 100% coverage and compliance from direct tin/tungsten suppliers with the conflict minerals policy
  • Bekaert TAWI® coated tire cord filaments eliminate the need for cobalt in the rubber plies of tires and Bekaert’s super-tensile and ultra-tensile steel cord range enables the design of lighter tires, resulting in a C02 vehicle exhaust reduction of 1.5 billion kg annually

Policies

 
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Our 2030 ambitions versus 2019 baseline

  • -45% reduction in GHG emissions in line with Science Based Targets 
  • Aim for Carbon Net Zero by 2050
  • ~65% of our sales to be from sustainable solutions
  • -15% reduction of relative freshwater intake in stressed regions

Our commitment toward the environment

We care for the climate and promote a circular economy: we develop and install manufacturing equipment that reduces energy consumption and optimizes recycling. We use renewable energy sources wherever possible and avoid the discharge of untreated effluents and waste.

At Bekaert, we develop products that contribute to a cleaner environment. Ecology is an aspect that is already considered during the R&D phase of new products. In many cases, it is even a driving factor.

Read about our achievements and ambitions in the latest sustainability report.

Our initiatives

  • Global LED light program reduced energy consumption for lighting by -50%
  • More than 40% of our electric energy consumption is from renewable energy sources
  • 100% of all steel scrap at Bekaert returns to the steel industry for recycling

Policies

 

Our 2030 ambitions

  • Up to 2 community engagement events per location annually

Our commitment toward society

We support and develop initiatives that help improve the social conditions in the communities where we are active.

Our initiatives

  • Education projects form the backbone of Bekaert’s social funding and other community-building activities, because we believe that education and learning help create a sustainable future.
  • Covid-19 brought another dimension to our responsible actions that help support society. From the outbreak of the pandemic onwards, we have engaged and supported the communities where we are active with protection awareness initiatives and with donations and voluntary help to medical and care centers around the world.

Our ambitions

  • We actively engage with communities on priority sustainability themes
  • We strive to have a positive impact on our local communities

Read about our achievements and ambitions in the latest sustainability report.

 

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