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Our workplace: our employees

As a company and as individuals, we act with integrity and commit to the highest standards of business ethics. We promote equal opportunity, foster diversity and we create a no-harm-to-anyone working environment across our organization. Our values are ingrained in our culture and connect us all as One Bekaert team.

We act with integrity · We earn trust · We are irrepressible!

Embracing diversity

At Bekaert, we believe in working together to achieve better performance. As a truly global company, we embrace diversity across all levels in the organization, which is a major source of strength for our company. This applies to diversity in terms of nationality, cultural background, age or gender, but also in terms of capabilities, business experience, insights and views.

Bekaert employs people in 40 countries around the world and of 50 different nationalities. This diversity is mirrored in all levels of the organization, as well as in the composition of the Board of Directors.

NATIONALITY DIVERSITY As Per 31 December 2018        
  # people #Nationalities #Non-Native* % Non-Native
 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 15 4 6 40%
 Bekaert Group Executive (BGE) 8 4 3 38%
 Senior Vice Presidents 15 5 5 33%
 Next leadership level (**) 97 20 46 47%
 TOTAL LEADERSHIP TEAM 120 29 54 45%

(1) Non-native = nationality other than the one of the mother company’s social seat (i.e. Belgium)
(2) Next leadership level = B13 and above managers excluding BGE and Senior Vice Presidents (Hay classification reference)

The manufacturing character of Bekaert’s operations explains the predominantly male population, particularly among operators.

GENDER DIVERSITY as per 31 December 2018   
   # people Male  Female
Operators
22 029
94%
6%
White collars
5 735
70%
30%
Management
1 642
81%  19%
TOTAL BEKAERT EMPLOYEES
29 406
88%  12%

Bekaert adopts a recruitment and promotion policy that aims to gradually generate more diversity, including gender diversity. 
Gender diversity in the Board of Directors and in the Top Leadership Team of Bekaert:

GENDER DIVERSITY as per 31 December 2018   
   # people Male  Female
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
15
67%
33%
Bekaert Group Executive (BGE)
8
87%
13%
Senior & next leadership level(1)
112
80%  20%
TOTAL LEADERSHIP TEAM
120
81%  19%

(1) Senior Vice Presidents and B13 and above managers (Hay classification reference)

Age diversity in Bekaert’s highest governance bodies: 

AGE DIVERSITY as per 31 December 2018   
   # people 30-50 years old  over 50 years old
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
15
20%
80%
Bekaert Group Executive (BGE)
8
25%
75%

Respecting human rights

Bekaert is firmly committed to complying with national legislations and collective labor agreements. Bekaert adheres to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the treaties and recommendations of the International Labor Organization.
 
We are committed to respecting the rights and dignity of each employee. We promote equal opportunity and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of age, race, nationality, social or ethnic descent, gender, physical disability, sexual preference, religion, political preference, or union membership.
 
We recognize and appreciate the cultural identity of our teams in all the countries in which we operate and do business.
The recruitment, remuneration, application of employment conditions, training, promotion and career development of our employees are based on professional qualifications only.

Learning and development

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.

In 2018, we redesigned our performance management process and implemented a new supporting tool. People Performance Management (PPM) is our new way of looking at people performance and of driving us to achieve our goals, together. PPM focuses on better goal alignment and sharing, more attention to the way of working, continuous feedback and feedforward loops, and engaging conversations.  

“How we change the future is much more productive than evaluating the past”
Bekaert university

Our Bekaert University, established in 2017, offers training tailored to different professional areas. It provides our employees with inspiration, knowhow and peer support of colleagues and leaders to turn knowledge into action. In close collaboration with internal experts (both in the business and in the functional domains) and external learning institutes, we continuously evaluate and develop our training portfolio to make sure that we are always equipped to meet the future demands of our customers and employees. During 2018, we launched more academies supporting our transformation programs. We are now hosting several operational academies including Commercial and Manufacturing.

Employee related data

  • On average each employee received 42 hours of training in 2018 (1)
  • Percentage of employees who received a performance review in 2018(1):
PDR 
(1) Excluding BBRG