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. In 2020 we’ve launched our 2030 Sustainability Strategy and have set ambitious goals in three streams: people, products and operations with impact

 

Our 2030 Sustainability Strategy

People with impact

People with impact are value creators. At Beckers, we want our colleagues to feel motivated and empowered to take the lead on the challenges of tomorrow. Their well-being is important to us, as we see people as the cornerstone of a sustainable business. We want the communities we operate in to benefit from our presence.


Our goals are

  • Inclusive and gender-balanced organization
  • Engagement in line with top performing companies
  • Role model for well-being
  • Socially engaged business

 

Products with impact

Products with impact deliver sustainable value. By 2030, our ambition is to deliver surface solutions that help advance society while protecting the planet. At Beckers we want to push the boundaries for surface performance by innovative value creation. Our products are our legacy. They always have an impact in terms of how they look and the protection they offer. Our ambition for the decade ahead is that the paint we provide delivers real sustainability value

Our coatings will be based on components that are safe and responsibly developed and provide functional sustainability benefits. We will leverage our value chain to create breakthrough innovation.

Our goals are

  • 50% net-sustainable sales
  • 100% net-sustainable R&D products in 2030

 

Operations with impact

Operations with impact push the boundaries for what can be done. We want to drive our industry’s transformation by creating a net positive value loop in our production and along our supply chain. We have a complex value chain that depends on a challenging sector regarding sustainability – the chemical industry. We therefore push the boundaries for what can be done and to ensure our activities go beyond expectations to create positive impact.

Our operations embrace the concept of circular economy and our sites will become carbon neutral. Our supply chain partners shall operate according to the same standards as Beckers.

Our goals are

  • 55% CO2e reduction from our own operation
  • 50% reduction from CO2e third-party logistics
  • 75% repurposed waste
  • 100% sourcing aligned with our responsible sourcing strategy

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.

Download Beckers Sustainability Policy

 

Committing to the SDGs

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 the three streams of our sustainability strategy: people, products and operations with impact.

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.

SDG

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

 

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.