Our commitment

Embracing sustainability

Beckers’ overall strategy is bringing sustainability to the market. As a chemical company our actions have a significant impact on the environment and we are aware of our responsibility towards future generations. Sustainability is a central element of our identity and therefore we are not only looking at improving our own performance, but we are also inviting all partners along the value chain, including suppliers and customers, to join us.

 

Beckers Sustainability Policy

At Beckers, we recognize that our day-to-day business operations have an impact on the environment and society. We have an obligation to all stakeholders to act in a proactive, systematic and goal-oriented manner, with a view to mitigate harmful impact and to enrich the life of those affected.

The Beckers Sustainability Policy establishes guidelines for making sustainability integral to our policies and principles.

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Our goals

Our vision is to become the most sustainable industrial coatings company in the world. This vision addresses economic, social and environmental sustainability and is underpinned by three pillars – our products, our company and sustainable solutions.

Since 2009, we have used the internationally-recognized Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) for strategic sustainability planning. This framework provides structure and guidance with four sustainability principles (4 SPs), which clearly define the system conditions needed for achieving success.

In 2017, we aligned our strategy with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals were established in 2015 to help end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. By aligning with the SDGs, we become part of a global movement to work together for change.

Currently, we have prioritized a list of eight goals for Beckers to focus on going forwards. These goals represent sectors influenced by our business and areas of our vision for sustainability where we judge we can make the greatest contribution.

Our prioritized SDGs are:

SDG Quality education

SDG 4: Quality education: Creating opportunities for all

Education is fundamental to the development of individuals and communities. We want to help people improve their own lives by increasing their access to quality education, particularly in the underprivileged areas of the world in which we operate. We also want to enable our workforce to develop skills and knowledge at work.

 

SDG Gender quality

SDG 5: Gender equality: Empowering girls and women

Gender equality is a fundamental and inviolable human right. Women’s empowerment is essential to expanding economic growth, promoting social development and enhancing business performance. Respecting human rights is one of the cornerstones of our Code of Conduct. We want to help improve equality for the people and communities where we do business.

 

SDG goals

SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth: Offering good lives for employees and their families

Beckers employs people all over the planet and we want to ensure we have a positive impact on their lives, as well as their families. In part, this means working to evaluate and improve our supply chain and business, ensuring we help provide as much decent work as possible. Within Beckers this means, for example, improving our Environmental Health and Safety, and increasing our understanding through employee surveys to develop social sustainability action plans.

 

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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities: Respecting and caring for employees and communities

Respecting human rights is fundamental to Beckers, and one of the cornerstones of our Code of Conduct. This includes work on remuneration, diversity, equality and economic inclusion, for example by eliminating employee discrimination. We also want to create greater equality for the people and communities where we do business.

 

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SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities: Contributing with our products

Our products (and their creation) have an impact on the sustainability of our built environment and the infrastructure we all use. Beckers wants to be a part of the solution for a more sustainable world, which means we want to help build more sustainable cities.

 

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SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production: Creating sustainable supply chains and operations

As with our GRI material topic of Product Stewardship, this goal addresses sustainability along the length of our value chain – the partners we work with, the resources we use, the waste we create and how we can close the loop.

 

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SDG 13: Climate action: Improving our impact along the value chain

This goal helps us understand the climate impact of our business and products, and plan to reduce and mitigate it along our value chain, including through the education and empowerment of our employees.

 

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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals: Working together for the greater good

The challenges our world faces will require collaboration to solve. By building partnerships and cooperating with other companies, associations, universities, NGOs, UN bodies and organisations, we are working together towards sustainable change.

 

UN Global Compact

At Beckers, we constantly broaden our sustainability activities and engage to become a more sustainable company. To underline our commitment to sustainability, we have joined UN Global Compact. Its 10 principles give us clear guidelines on responsible behavior and we will continuously report on our progress.


Beckers and the GRI standards

We are continuously improving how we manage sustainability at Beckers. When it comes to reporting our sustainability performance we have used the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines since 2012.

In 2016, Beckers decided to shift to the new GRI Standards. For that reason, we reviewed the materiality of selected sustainability issues by checking them against external trends, the results of our 2015 stakeholder dialogue, other ongoing stakeholder dialogues and our internal development. This lead us to eight material topics, which are well-stablished in sustainability principles and allow us to align with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals as described above.

Our eight chosen material topics are:

  • Product stewardship
  • Employment
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Training and education
  • Local communities
  • Energy
  • Emissions
  • Waste

Read more about each topic in our Sustainability Report and in our Beckers GRI Index.

Sustainability Report    Beckers GRI Index

 

Innovating for sustainability

Innovation is a central part of our value proposition strategy. And, because more than 90% of our innovative breakthroughs increase the sustainability of our coatings in some way, we are always finding new ways to offer new value to our customers.

Beckers has always invested heavily in R&D, from the 1960s when we pioneered the development of coil coatings in Europe, right up to the present day. We set up our first Long Term Development lab in the mid-1990s to address the need for basic research on coil coatings. This is where Beckry®Tech, the first coil coating to deliver ultra-durable performance, was developed.

Other innovations accredited to Beckers’ LTD lab include the award-winning Beckry®Therm, an energy-saving coatings system, Beckry®Shine, the first coil coating to incorporate ‘flip’ pigments, and Beckry®Pur, a coating that achieves the same corrosion resistance as plastisol with only a fraction of the dry film thickness.

Our research teams are dedicated to reducing environmental impact, improving performance, developing functional and smart coatings.

 

Sustainability made digital

To make the sustainability of our products valuable, we need to improve, measure and catalogue our offer. That is why we developed the Beckers Sustainability Index (BSI). By creating a metric that evaluates and quantifies the sustainability performance of our products, we provided our team with a way to measure their progress (and keep developing better products), and our customers with a way to factor sustainability into their choices. Last year, we complemented the BSI with an app that can rank and compare the material and functional sustainability of our products.

Download the Beckers Sustainability Index app:

AppStore    Google Play

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The Beckers Sustainability Index (BSI) app compares the sustainability performance of our coating systems, facilitating their evaluation.

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