To us, sustainability is about economic success, the safety and development of employees, environmental stewardship, and social progress. This way, Bekaert translates sustainability into a benefit for all our stakeholders. 

Bekaert’s global sustainability strategy is centered on four main pillars: our responsibility in the workplace, in the marketplace, towards the environment and towards society. Our sustainability efforts and activities are therefore focused in such a way that balanced consideration is given to the interests of all respective stakeholders, including employees, customers, shareholders, partners, local governments and the communities in which we are active. 

Bekaert’s Sustainability Report 2016 was conducted according to the GRI G4 Guidelines of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework. The certification approval of the 2016 report was still pending on the date of the publication of this Annual Report. Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that promotes economic sustainability. 

Bekaert’s responsible performance in 2016 has also been recognized by its inclusion in the Ethibel Excellence Index (ESI) Europe - a reference benchmark for top performers in terms of corporate social responsibility based on Vigeo’s research - as well as in Kempen SRI.

In 2016, Bekaert was awarded a silver recognition level from Ecovadis, an independent sustainability rating agency whose methodology is built on international CSR standards. This places Bekaert among the top 30% of performers evaluated by Ecovadis. In response to growing interest throughout the supply chain to report on the carbon footprint of operations and logistics, Bekaert also participates in the Climate Change and Supply Chain questionnaires of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). 

Monitoring and reporting scope

The sustainability actions and respective indices and certificates cover the wholly and majority owned subsidiaries of NV Bekaert SA. This includes the subsidiaries of the Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group, unless otherwise indicated.