Sustainable business

Sustainable business

Bekina nv achieves VOKA CSR Charter

Voka Charter Duurzaam Ondernemen

As everyone knows, Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of 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 areas of the United Nations.

In order for a company to receive the VOKA (VOKA: Flemish Network of Companies) CSR Charter, you must demonstrate that you, as a company, realise all kinds of activities that benefit people, the environment and society. The so-called Sustainable Development Goals.

We received this charter on 20 June 2018 from Mr Jozef Dauwe, Provincial Executive of East Flanders. 
We are ready for the next edition of the VOKA Charter for Corporate Social Responsibility!

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Onderhoud eiken in Kluisbergen

eiken snoeien in bruggestraat te kluisbergen

Bekina® NV, het moederbedrijf achter Bekina® Boots, nam 6 jaar geleden het peterschap op van maar liefst 300 eiken langsheen de gemeenteweg Berchem-Zulzeke. De bomen hebben namelijk af en toe een grondige snoeibeurt nodig. Daarom liet het bedrijf voor de derde keer een bomenverzorger aanrukken. Ook de 50 jonge eiken die Bekina® NV 3 jaar geleden liet aanplanten werden onder handen genomen.

Eiken die geplant worden naast de rijweg moeten om de 2 à 3 jaar gesnoeid worden, zodat de stam recht naar boven groeit en tot op een hoogte van 8 meter geen takken meer heeft. Indien dit niet wordt gedaan kunnen de takken vrachtwagens en andere weggebruikers hinderen.

snoeien eiken kluisbergen

Omdat de gemeente Kluisbergen niet over het nodige materieel en middelen beschikt om dit te doen, besliste Bekina® NV in 2011 om de gemeente hierin te ondersteunen.

“Dat een bedrijf samenwerkt met de gemeente om bomen langs de rijweg te onderhouden én er zelfs nieuwe laat aanplanten, is echt zeldzaam.”, zegt de ervaren bomenverzorger Eric Imschoot. “Ik hoop dat dit meer bedrijven inspireert om zich in te zetten voor natuurbehoud in hun streek. Bomen maken een straat niet alleen veel mooier, ze zijn essentieel voor onze planeet".

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Put some flowers in your old boots!

flowers in boots

Every year, hundreds of shoes and boots keep washing ashore on the beaches of the North Cape in Norway, often referred to as the northernmost point of Europe. Erica Haugli, an artist from the nearby village of Honningsvåg, has been clearing away all of the shoes and boots from these beaches since 2012. Bekina® Boots wants to show its support for this beautiful project.

Boots in the sea

Litter that has deliberately or accidentally been released in the ocean, tends to accumulate on places where ocean currents meet. Because of the typical currents in the Norwegian and the Barents sea, this marine litter is frequently washing aground on the beaches of the North Cape.

Erica Haugli, who lives nearby: “I live in such a beautiful place. Ideal for hiking, biking, fishing, … you name it. One of my favorite things to do around here is walking on the beaches. Unfortunately I always see an enormous amount of debris on these beaches.”

In this debris, Erica not only finds a lot of bottles and other plastics, but amazingly also a lot of shoes and boots.

flowers in boots

Flowers in boots

To make people aware of ocean debris and to encourage them to stop throwing things in the ocean again, Erica decided to clean the beaches. But she did not stop there: with the old boots she started making beautiful flower pots and collages for sale. With the returns of this form of art, she makes sure the beaches around the North Cape stay clean.

To date, Erica gathered already an astonishing 1200 shoes and boots from these beaches! “I know it is ordinary trash, but sometimes it puts a smile on my face knowing it all comes from boots that were washed up on the beach.  Each with its own untold adventure, from near and far, these boots have traveled the arctic seas but their tales did not end on the rocky coastline. Now they’re ready to tell a new story.”

flowers in boots

flowers in boots

Sustainable entrepreneurship

At Bekina® Boots, we pay a lot of attention to sustainable and ethical entrepreneurship. Whenever there are little flaws during the production of our boots, we don’t throw the boots away. We donate them to people who can still use them. For example, in January of this year, we donated 1,500 pairs of boots to the refugees in Dunkirk. This way, Bekina® Boots is committed to create less waste.

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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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Global responsability: the heart in the right place


Bekina® Boots sent 1.300 pairs of boots to Peru

It is not the first time a container of boots leaves to one of the less developed countries. How can a production company that is still producing here in Belgium donate full containers to charity? Georges Vanderbeke, CEO:  “A small percentage of our products are rejected due to flaws. That does not change the quality of the boots, but they can’t go to our usual outlets.”

Bekina® Boots has a good contact with one of the aid organizations that have been active in Peru. As soon as two days after the first heavy rains came the cry for the next container. Georges Vanderbeke: “For us this is an extra cost, but that does not weigh against the gratitude of local people.”

Bekina® Boots will also contact other aid organizations to start a similar cooperation for Haiti and find a way to contribute there as well.

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