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We support and develop initiatives that help improve the social conditions in the communities where we are active. Education projects form the backbone of Bekaert’s social funding and other community-building activities, because we believe that education and learning help create a sustainable future.

Supporting education and training initiatives

In North America, our team in Orrville organized a Manufacturing Day for more than 60 students from 14 schools. They started the day with an introduction to our company’s safety culture and the visitor safety protocols. The students learned more about the commercial strategies and the manufacturing processes and systems.

Bekaert was one of the organizers of the STEM Olympiade in Belgium, a contest among students from different schools. STEM is a new education program with a clear focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. By co-organizing this competition, Bekaert wants to stimulate children and teenagers to choose a more technical or scientific training such as STEM. 

In Brazil, 685 students participated in a science education program. The goal is to create interest in science and raise awareness about the environment.

Manufacturing Day

Supporting social community initiatives

In several locations worldwide, local teams have worked together to raise money or collect donations in-kind for people in need. In India, our employees collected clothing, food, toys, stationery and other useful things and donated the proceeds to orphanages and special schools close to the plant. Similar goods were collected in the Van Buren and Rogers plant in the US and donated to a children’s hospital. Colleagues in the Czech Republic started a charity project to support the local community. Among other initiatives, they collected clothes for a nearby orphanage. Our teams in Turkey and Spain collected funds for local charity by participating in running competitions.  

On International Children's Day, our plants in China organized events about safety for children from local primary schools and kindergartens in Shanghai, Weihai, Shenyang, Jiangyin, Qingdao and Suzhou. Bekaert colleagues helped the children to identify risks and learn the right behavior to address them. The events received positive feedback from the schools – both young kids and their school teachers found the events to be meaningful in celebrating Children’s Day. 

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Children environment

Proalco, our plant in Colombia, has developed the “Children Defenders of the Environment” program to stimulate children’s awareness about the environment. The program focuses specifically on the importance of the preservation of the environment and water sources. They organized several activities such as ecological walks and a visit to a water treatment plant.  
All over the world, Bekaert supports local health initiatives. Our plants in Bohumín and Petrovice in the Czech Republic organized a sports day for employees and their families, while teams in Belgium and Ecuador participated in local running competitions. Our Brazilian joint ventures supported the local Ver e Viver (Seeing and Living) program that provides vision tests and glasses to students in municipal schools. Thanks to our Brazilian colleagues, 3 403 students benefited from a vision test in 2018 and 249 pairs of glasses were donated.