Community and markets -

Community and markets

better together in the communities where we are active

Bekaert strives to be a loyal, responsible partner within the communities where we operate. We make a point of interacting with local governments in a transparent, constructive way and we are firmly committed to complying with national legislations and collective labor agreements. Bekaert adheres to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the treaties and recommendations of the International Labor Organization.

better together by embracing diversity

At Bekaert we acknowledge the importance of diversity - diversity of people, of products, of customers, suppliers, cultures and regions. We see diversity as an opportunity. better together by embracing diversity is not only a slogan, it is our aspiration.

Our hiring policy is two-fold: firstly, our customers expect service from strong local teams; so we prefer working with people who are familiar with the conditions under which local businesses operate.

Secondly, we focus on diversity of people: we set up teams consisting of talent from different nationalities, cultures and backgrounds, encouraging them to share their knowledge, strengths, experiences and perspectives with each other.

better together with customers and suppliers

All over the world, it is our approach to stay close to our customers: we have production facilities and sales offices in 40 countries. We buy raw materials as much as possible from domestic suppliers and help them develop their products and processes too. By doing so, we avoid long and unnecessary transports.

We never ignore the demands of tomorrow in the development of new products today. This includes, among other things, the use of materials with improved properties and environmentally friendly processing.

Our baseline better together sums up the unique cooperation between Bekaert and its business partners. We work closely with customers and suppliers by engaging in co-development projects, conducting feedback initiatives and satisfaction surveys, and performing industry analyses.

At Bekaert we deal openly and honestly with all business partners. We comply with generally accepted business standards, laws and regulations, and we conduct our operations in accordance with the principles of fair competition.

Sustainable co-creation

We actively cooperate with global customers in sustainability programs. We support our customers’ sustainability programs by implementing specific actions in our respective policies and by joining sustainability initiatives and standards to accommodate their specific requests. Acting as a socially and environmentally responsible supplier helps our customers achieve their sustainability targets. 

Bekaert recognizes the importance of responsible sourcing. All suppliers covered by the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), formerly known as the Conflict Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), are required to sign the Bekaert Supplier Code of Conduct (or deliver proof of following its principles) and are required to complete the most recent Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT). This is an initiative of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), formerly known as Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSi), that help companies from a range of industries address conflict mineral issues in their supply chain. 

pdf Bekaert Policy on Conflict Minerals

We work closely with customers and suppliers by engaging in co-development projects. In line with our core strategies, we remodeled the innovation process in order to speed up R&D in co-creation with customers. The purpose is to make our R&D processes and priorities much more customer-driven.