We are proud that Bekina received the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Pioneer Certificate from UNITAR, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. This certificate is awarded to companies that have been guided by Voka over the past three years to focus intensively on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and thus achieve the VOKA Sustainable Business Charter three years in a row. This year, only 100 companies throughout Belgium will receive the SDG Pioneer award. And Bekina is one of them!
Sustainable Entrepreneurship is embedded in our company's DNA.
Every day, our people work together to address several of the United Nations’ areas of development - the so-called 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals).
These goals represent a unique fusion between 2 global agendas: sustainable development and development cooperation across the whole planet.
To be awarded the VOKA Charter, you must show that your company has realised at least 10 objectives (GOALS) in the space of one year. The actual assessment is carried out by an evaluation committee headed by an independent chairman. To ensure the objectivity of the committee, it is composed exclusively of independent experts and representatives from various government departments, organisations and the business community.
Here are a few examples of the achieved objectives:
3. Good health and well-being
BRAVO PROJECT: Various activities are being organised under the BRAVO project. BRAVO stands for Bewegen, Rookstop, Voeding and Ontspanning (Movement, Stop Smoking, Nutrition and Relaxation). These activities are always under professional supervision. The overall objective is to make sure all Bekina employees enjoy exercise and healthy eating, without competing against each other and without overdoing things. In the context of Movement, for example, the company offers e-bikes to employees for commuting. In addition, various sessions are being organised about healthy nutrition, exercise and relaxation.
FRUIT BASKET: The company offers fresh fruit to employees every week.
7. Affordable and clean energy
The Bekina Indurub Business Unit is a specialist in the field of custom-made plastic injection moulding. Various investments have recently been made to decrease energy consumption and increase energy efficiency. This includes investments in new Eco drive injection-moulding machines, and the use of solar panels and heat recuperation in the warehouse.
9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Various initiatives have been taken in the interest of road safety/infrastructure. For instance, a snow clearance plan was introduced and extra road signs and concave mirrors were put up around the factory.
11. Sustainable cities and communities
Bekina offers its employees e-bikes for commuting. Besides promoting sustainable mobility, we also created a bike parking area (including a charging station) this year.
12. Responsible consumption and production
Bekina Indurub wants to offer its customers Cradle to Cradle-certified products that are made from rigid and flexible plastics. Bekina Indurub has earned a bronze C2C certificate in this regard and is synonymous with sustainable product development.
We are already preparing for the next edition of the VOKA Charter for Sustainable Entrepreneurship!