Our responsibility in the community and in the 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.

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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. In 2012 Bekaert celebrated 60 years of cooperation with tire manufacturers. Several initiatives were organized giving us the opportunity to thank our customers for their trust, to demonstrate our commitment to them and to discuss current and future needs.

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.

Market place related data
  • Our hiring policy states that every new employee receives a copy of our Code of Conduct which explains our anti-corruption policies and procedures with regard to business ethics. 
  • Bekaert won the 2012 EIPM Peter Kraljic Excellence Award for "Supplier Relationship Management", granted by The European Institute of Purchasing Management (EIPM). This award validates Bekaert's excellence in purchasing processes and relationship management and is the result of a performance assessment based on the EFQM Excellence Model.
  • Bekaert was granted the Preferred Supplier award by Schneider Electric for its consistent supplies, service level, productivity, competitiveness, innovation, sustainable development and responsiveness. Bekaert has been a long-time business partner of Schneider Electric in developing and supplying Dramix® Green steel fibers for precast electrical cabins.  
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