Press & Awards

Press & Awards

Bekina receives the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Pioneer Certificate!


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.

VOKA charter fruitmand
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!

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Bekina Boots is an official Febelsafe member


The professional federation Febelsafe (°1973) is the Belgian federation of manufacturers, distributors, service providers and professional end users in the field of safety and well-being. As our core business is related to safety and PPE, Bekina® is of course a member of this federation.

As in all other sectors, it is of the utmost importance to be and remain informed of the latest legislation on safety, welfare and personal protective equipment (PPE). Febelsafe supports us in collecting this knowledge.

As the collection and dissemination of this knowledge is the most important pillar of Febelsafe, they have a solid network of experts in safety and welfare.
Febelsafe members sign a charter and receive a Febelsafe certificate.


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Bekina® NV achieves the VOKA Charter for Corporate Social Responsibility

Voka Charter Duurzaam Ondernemen

As everyone knows, Corporate Social Responsibility is a common theme in the daily activities of our group of companies. Together, we focus on the 5 Ps: Peace, People, Planet, Prosperity and Partnership. These are the 5 development domains of the United Nations.
To receive the VOKA Charter for Corporate Social Responsibility as a company, you have to demonstrate that you realise all kinds of actions that benefit people, the environment and society. The so-called Sustainable Development Goals.



BRAVO stands for Bewegen, Rookstop, Voeding and Ontspanning (Movement, Stop smoking, Nutrition and Relaxation). The organised activities are always under professional supervision. In the context of Movement, for example, the company makes E-bikes available to the employees for commuting.


When setting up workplaces for both employees and workers, we take account of the ergonomics of the workplace.


We have also set up working groups with our workers, under the guidance of an external company, to formulate, implement and evaluate projects that improve efficiency, for example, at shift changes.


We organise the Bekina Boots Run for the benefit of To Walk Again. Through the Bekina Boots business unit, we donate boots to refugees, for example, in Dunkirk via GaMCare, ...



We also pay attention to nature around us. We support the pruning of trees, for example, and have created a green zone. In addition, the polyurethane boots of the Bekina Boots brand last three times longer than rubber or PVC boots, and are therefore more durable. As a result, our users ultimately produce less waste. We also pass on this message to our distributors and end customers. In this way, we try to play our part in contributing towards the awareness of sustainable entrepreneurship.


Bekina Indurub wants to offer its customers Cradle to Cradle-certified products on the basis of rigid and flexible plastics. In recent years, the company has strongly focused on reducing its ecological footprint, among other things by avoiding the creation of waste water and paying special attention to renewable energy.



Bekina provides local employment, and we contribute to the further development of the local economy and, consequently, the creation of prosperity.
We received the VOKA Charter from the hands of Mr. Jozef Dauwe, Provincial Executive of East Flanders, on 20 June 2018.
We are looking forward to the 2018 edition of the VOKA Charter for Corporate Social Responsibility!

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Investment of 1.2 mio EURO in new machine


Big news! Bekina® Boots invested 1.2 million euros in a brand new machine for making safety boots. This way, the production capacity is raised with 25%. As from 18 September 2017 onwards this injection machine will be fully operational. Bekina® Boots is ready to conquer the world.

"Thanks to this investment in modern automatisation, we will be more strategically placed to meet the growing worldwide demand for our boots. This investment will help us to reach our long term goals", says CEO Peter Bauwens. "Next to the fact that we are increasing the production capacity with 25%, we are also significantly reducing our lead times and are giving our general efficiency an extra power boost."

laarzen carrousel bekina boots


Peter Welvaert, Project Manager Technology: "This new machine is a major investment in the latest technology on offer in our industry. It enables us to produce different boot types in one production run. This way our production planning becomes more flexible. Additionaly, we invested in extra material tanks which are directly connected to this machine. From now on boots with different compounds can be produced on one machine in the same production run."

laarzen machine Bekina Boots


What was originally the job of a production operator, pulling the boot off the mould, is now done by a robot arm. Another benefit of using robot arms is that they use 80% less solvents than a machine operator does. The use of these solvents is required to smoothly slip the boots of the mould. Dries Scheerlinck, Production Manager: "The implementation of robot arms will add ergonomics to the job of machine operators: there is less physical strain on the job and it is a lot healthier to them as well. All our operators will be retrained to use this new machine. They are very positive about this new evolution, because their job will shift from manual work to technical work."

CEO Peter Bauwens concludes: " Looking to the future, we believe that all manufacturers should invest in new automatisation technologies to stay competitive and profitable. Next to that, we keep investing in skilled workforce who are interested in learning new working methods.  

With the inauguration of their new machine, Bekina® Boots makes a clear statement that they are ready to reach their annual 10% growth rate. This was also noticed by the Flemish government who nominated Bekina® Boots as one of the three strongest export companies in the whole of Flanders. 

Read: Bekina® Boots nominated for Export Lion 2017 award >>


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Nomination 'Export Lion' 2017

Export Lion 2017

Bekina® Boots has been nominated for the Export Lion 2017, an annual competition for Flemish companies that have shown outstanding success in expanding their export markets. The winner receives an award from Flanders Investment & Trade: the Export Lion.

Only three companies are nominated in two categories: those with fewer than 50 employees, and those with 50 or more. With 53 employees in 2016, Bekina® Boots is part of this last category. Other nominees in our category are Skyline Communications from Izegem and Soudal from Turnhout.

On 8th September there will be a presentation of our company for a jury. On 20th September Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois will reveal the winners in both categories. Fingers crossed!

We would like to thank all customers and employees for their dedication this year/past few years. This is thanks to you!

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Bekina® Boots bestaat 55 jaar!

voka jubilee

Bekina® Boots bestaat dit jaar 55 jaar! Wat in 1962 begon met de productie van handgemaakte rubberlaarzen, is vandaag een hoogtechnologisch bedrijf dat jaarlijks 600.000 paar hoogstaande, polyurethane veiligheidslaarzen produceert. Naar aanleiding van dit jubileum schreef VOKA een mooi artikel over Bekina® Boots, de wereldspeler uit Kluisbergen.

Bezieler van Bekina® Boots was decennialang Georges Vanderbeke, die de polyurethane (PU)-laars lanceerde en van diversificatie een speerpunt maakte. Na de laarzen volgden veerelementen voor lattenbodems (nu onder Bekina® Indurub) en mengsels voor b2b, zoals brandwerend rubber om kabels te beschermen en zweldichtingen voor de bouwsector (nu onder Bekina® Compounds).

Lees het volledige artikel: "De concurrentie een laars voor" - VOKA, mei 2017

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Schick und sauber an die Arbeit

die fleischerei bekina boots

Sicherheitskleidung für die Lebensmittelindustrie muss nicht unbedingt praktisch und langweilig sein. Eine große Menge an Kleidung verfügt über hervorragende Eigenschaften auf dem Gebiet von Schutz und Hygiene únd ist sogar modisch. Die Fleischerei, ein maßgebendes Magazin für die fleischverarbeitende Industrie, hat Muster an ‘professioneller’ Mode ausgesucht. Kleiner Teaser: Bekina® Boots war auch dabei.

Lesen Sie den vollständigen Artikel: "Schick und sauber an die Arbeit"

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Trends Gazellen 2017

Trends gazellen 2017

Bekina® Boots is nominated again for the Trends Gazellen Award. Every year, Trends Magazine makes a listing of companies not only based on their growth in revenue and number of employees, but also on their cashflow. Just as in 2015 and 2016, Bekina® Boots is nominated for this prestigious award!


“Trends Gazellen” is a prestigious award in the Flemish and Brussels business world. This is obvious: the companies that are selected in the Trends Gazellen ranking are always the strongest and most competitive companies in their domain and region.

You can become a Trends Gazelle based on your company's:

- Growth in revenue

- Growth in number of employees

- Cashflow

Just like in 2015 and 2016, Bekina® Boots was nominated this year for the Trends Gazellen Award in the category of medium-sized enterprises. This nomination wasn't possible without the enthusiasm of our employees and the confidence of our customers! THANK YOU!

On March 15 we will know who wins the Trends Gazellen Award 2017.

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StepliteX SolidGrip elected as best work wellies

beste werklaarzen

StepliteX SolidGrip work wellies from Bekina Boots are the best work wellies at the moment, according to Farmers Weekly. This leading British magazine, targeted at the agriculture industry, compared StepliteX SolidGrip with other work wellies from Dunlop, Hunter and Caldene. “StepliteX SolidGrip work wellies have a cracking value compared with the rest”.

Read the full article: Farm Welly Boot Test


In their search for the best work wellies, Farmers Weekly tested the most important properties of work wellies: slip resistance, fitting, warmth and value. Following the test results, StepliteX SolidGrip is best in class.

Boots are not just an ordinary product. Therefore innovation, to us, is of capital importance. Every day we do our utmost to enrich and further develop our technical advancements. All our boots are thoroughly tested in our laboratory which is equipped with state of the art test equipment. Thanks to the enthusiasm and passion of our employees StepliteX SolidGrip has been elected as the best work wellies you can find in the market.


StepliteX SolidGrip are hard-wearing work wellies with a wide fitting. They are especially developed for the agriculture sector. According to Farmers Weekly, StepliteX SolidGrip work wellies provide not only a superior grip, also the ergonomic footbed is much appreciated. “StepliteX SolidGrip has a cracking value compared with the rest. StepliteX SolidGrip is solid, all-round work boot and makes the others look like a bit of a rip-off."

Read the full article: Farm Welly Boot Test, 19/02/2016 -  Oliver Mark and James Andrews.

More information about StepliteX SolidGrip work wellies.

Do you have any other questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Donation of boots to the refugees

Bekina® Boots vluchtelingen Duinkerke

“You can see that people are getting stuck in the mud with their shoes. The people have no boots”, says Dirk Vandervelden, a volunteer at the refugee camp in Duinkerke. That’s why Bekina® Boots decided, in cooporation with more than 100 volunteers from the non-profit organization GaM Care, to donate 1500 pairs of boots to this refugee camp on Wednesday, 13th January 2016.

“At Bekina® Boots, we always had much attention to sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship. Because of the high need of boots in the refugee camp, we couldn’t wait any longer”, says Peter Bauwens, CEO of Bekina® Boots. “It’s a horrible situation at the camp. The faster the boots will be there, the better.”

Wednesday afternoon, 100 volunteers will start to distribute the 1500 pairs of boots in the camp. This will happen from a central collection point or personally in the tents of the seriously ill, single mothers with young children or pregnant women.

Update: The 1,500 pairs of boots are distributed in the camp. Thanks to all volunteers who made this happen. Together we can make a difference.

Watch our video of the distribution of boots in the refugee camp:


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