In Brazil, our joint ventures participated in the Youth Entrepreneurship project, a program that prepares young people in taking their first steps into the job market. 30 employees volunteered to teach low-income youth how to improve their professional skills. 324 students have participated in this future-building initiative.
Also in Brazil, 630 students participated in a science education program that was launched in 2016. The goal is to create interest in science and awareness for the environment.
In North America, Bekaert supports the FFA, Future Farmers of America. This is a nationally recognized program that offers agricultural education, career opportunities and leadership development to 649 355 student members. We express our commitment to this initiative by giving agriculture-related trainings and by offering sponsorships.
The International Children's Day was celebrated in several of our plants and offices. Colleagues from our plant in Slovakia attended a celebration event in the Children´s Center Hrajkovo. They assisted in the activities of the day care center.
In China Bekaert has a long-term collaboration with the Shanghai Pudong Lianying Primary school. Bekaert colleagues donated new reading books to the school library on the occasion of Children's Day.