The world around us our shared concern

Consistent with our better together aspiration, we relentlessly pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions, by continuously delivering superior value to our customers around the world. This is our Vision, our Field of Play. (GRI 102-40 + GRI 102-42)

With this Vision statement, we describe what we want to be, where we want to compete and invest in, and how we are running our business: better together.

better together sums up the unique cooperation within Bekaert and between Bekaert and its stakeholders. We are committed to delivering long-term value to all of them and as such, create sustainable business partnerships. 
Our Company Values distinguish us and guide our actions. We conduct business in a socially responsible and ethical manner. To us, sustainability is about economic success, about the safety and development of our employees, about lasting relationships with our business partners, and about environmental stewardship and social progress. This way, Bekaert translates sustainability into a benefit for all stakeholders.

Our sustainability efforts and activities are 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. We do this in a structured way and have translated our ambitions for improvement into clear targets for the medium term and over the longer run.

Sustainability standards

Bekaert’s Sustainability Report 2017 was conducted based on the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, Core option. Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that promotes economic, environmental and social sustainability. Bekaert’s responsible performance in 2017 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 2017, Bekaert was awarded a gold recognition level from Ecovadis, an independent sustainability rating agency whose methodology is built on international CSR standards.  

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 CDP (formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project).