Our responsibility in the workplace

Our people

Highly-qualified employees create the dynamics that characterize our international corporate culture. To support our people, we further developed training and development programs in 2011.

Building a strong value based culture

At the end of 2010, the Bekaert Group Executive launched the ‘Bekaert Leadership Journey’, a worldwide management development program. The program consists of three modules. In 2011, we launched the first module which focuses on self-management.

Developing talent in each business area

Bekaert has a long and strong tradition of offering training opportunities. Next to general training programs, also area specific development modules are in place for job holders in various domains such as marketing & sales, six sigma, lean manufacturing and operational excellence.

Developing talent goes beyond providing training programs. The Talent Development Review process provides a structured way to identify managerial employees’ competences, map their potential to meet business needs, define appropriate development actions in meeting employees’ long term career aspirations and prepare them for future positions. In 2011, extra efforts were made to stimulate internal job rotation through resource councils.

Employee related data 

  • On average 76 hours of training per employee
  • Percentage of employees who received a performance review:

% of population    Managers    White collars    Blue collars 
Covered in a performance management system    100   100    88 
With link between performance & base pay   100   96   55
With link between performance & variable bonus   100   85   85

Safety first

Safety has always been a key priority at Bekaert. That’s why safety is one of the main pillars in our operational excellence tradition. The Bekaert safety policy is deployed and monitored via the Bekaert Safety Evaluation System (BEKSES). Regular audits (based on OHSAS 18001) are carried out in all plants.

Worldwide implementation of the Safety Tree model

In 2011, the Safety Tree model was implemented in all Bekaert plants worldwide. The Safety Tree model is a tool to control and reduce safety risks in each site.

New initiatives to enhance safety

In 2011, several initiatives were taken to further improve the safety performance within the plants.

The first initiative was on the prevention of hand and finger injuries as our statistics indicate that hands and/or fingers were injured in 50% of accidents.

The second regarded forklift safety. In 21 plants, a forklift safety program was implemented that covered usage and maintenance of forklifts, the internal roads, and the forklift drivers’ as well as other employees’ behavior. 

A third action was the improvement of the ergonomic conditions in which the operators work.

The fourth initiative followed two major traffic accidents with shuttle busses bringing employees home in China in 2010: clear guidelines for bus safety have been worked out and were approved by the contracted bus companies.

International Health and Safety Day

‘Increase road safety wherever possible’ was also the subject of the fourth International Health and Safety Day that was organized on 22 September in all Bekaert locations worldwide. All over the world, plants and offices showed a video message on traffic safety by the CEO Bert De Graeve and organized activities like forklift truck checks, anti-skid courses, awareness sessions about the impact of weather conditions, alcohol, etc.

Safety related data

Repeatability Index = Number of lost time accidents (LTA) per million worked hours.


Severity Index = Number of lost days due to occupational accident per thousand worked hours.

Safety champion: BMB-Belgo Mineira Bekaert Artefatos de Arame Ltda, Itaúna (Brazil): 11 years without LTA.

 number of years without LTA

 >= 3 years

 >= 6 years

>= 9 years 

N° of plants 




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