Supporting social community initiatives
We support community initiatives that aim to improve societal conditions in the places where we are active.
When the Manabí region in Ecuador was struck with a devastating earthquake in April 2016, the Ideal Alambrec-Bekaert plant was contracted by the Government as the primary business partner in a major housing reconstruction program. The business opportunity wasn’t the only focus of our local teams. Bekaert Latin America together with the Ideal Alambrec Bekaert plant in Quito (Ecuador) donated 10 houses to affected families in the area. The donated homes are compliant with the Ecuadorian construction regulations regarding earthquake resistance. Technical supervision was also present throughout the construction process in order to ensure standards were met. Representatives from the Ecuadorian Government assisted in ensuring the houses were provided to people who needed them the most.
Employees from our Ideal Alambrec Bekaert plant also volunteered in collecting relief supplies and donated cash contributions for a total amount of USD 30 000.
In Colombia, Bekaert cooperated with Œuvre Belgo-Colombienne pour l'Enfance (OB-CE), a Belgian organization which is dedicated to supporting children in high risk areas throughout Colombia. In 2016, Proalco-Bekaert donated and installed fences to the Los Llanerito Kindergarten, located in Villavicencio.
In the Thiruvallur district in India we continued our yearly health camp initiative that was launched in 2012 to address the health care needs of the local people.