People engagement and empowerment have been crucial all along our transformation journey. We empower our teams with responsibility, authority and accountability, and count on the engagement of every Bekaert employee in driving a higher-level performance.
(GRI 102-43 + GRI 102-44)
We recognize the right of any employee to join or to refrain from joining a trade union. 82% of our employees worldwide are covered by collective bargaining agreements.
Agreements with trade unions are locally concluded and include the following elements:
(GRI 102-41 + GRI 403-4 + GRI 407-1)
We nurture talent through career development and life-long learning. We attach great importance to providing challenging career and personal development opportunities to our employees. Training programs not only include technical and job-specific training, but also leadership modules that help our people develop and cooperate in a global business environment.
At Bekaert, we want everyone to work in a safe and healthy environment. It is a shared responsibility throughout the company, at all levels, to create the best conditions to achieve this. The SH&E Academy builds on the BeCare framework that has proven to be a strong foundation to achieve a no-harm-to-anyone working environment.
The objective of the SH&E Academy is to increase everyone’s risk awareness, to train our employees on the tools we have to reduce risks and to lower our risk tolerance. It is not limited to safety. Health and environment have an equally important role.
On average, each employee received 36 hours of training in 2019. (1)
(1) Excluding BBRG & JVs(GRI 404-1)