Our vision is to become the most sustainable industrial coatings company in the world. This vision addresses economic, social and environmental sustainability and is underpinned by three pillars – our products, our company and sustainable solutions.
Since 2009, we have used the internationally-recognized Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FSSD) for strategic sustainability planning. This framework provides structure and guidance with four sustainability principles (4 SPs), which clearly define the system conditions needed for achieving success.
In 2017, we aligned our strategy with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals were established in 2015 to help end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. By aligning with the SDGs, we become part of a global movement to work together for change.
Currently, we have prioritized a list of eight goals for Beckers to focus on going forwards. These goals represent sectors influenced by our business and areas of our vision for sustainability where we judge we can make the greatest contribution.
Our prioritized SDGs are:
SDG 4: Quality education: Creating opportunities for all
Education is fundamental to the development of individuals and communities. We want to help people improve their own lives by increasing their access to quality education, particularly in the underprivileged areas of the world in which we operate. We also want to enable our workforce to develop skills and knowledge at work.
SDG 5: Gender equality: Empowering girls and women
Gender equality is a fundamental and inviolable human right. Women’s empowerment is essential to expanding economic growth, promoting social development and enhancing business performance. Respecting human rights is one of the cornerstones of our Code of Conduct. We want to help improve equality for the people and communities where we do business.
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth: Offering good lives for employees and their families
Beckers employs people all over the planet and we want to ensure we have a positive impact on their lives, as well as their families. In part, this means working to evaluate and improve our supply chain and business, ensuring we help provide as much decent work as possible. Within Beckers this means, for example, improving our Environmental Health and Safety, and increasing our understanding through employee surveys to develop social sustainability action plans.
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities: Respecting and caring for employees and communities
Respecting human rights is fundamental to Beckers, and one of the cornerstones of our Code of Conduct. This includes work on remuneration, diversity, equality and economic inclusion, for example by eliminating employee discrimination. We also want to create greater equality for the people and communities where we do business.
SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities: Contributing with our products
Our products (and their creation) have an impact on the sustainability of our built environment and the infrastructure we all use. Beckers wants to be a part of the solution for a more sustainable world, which means we want to help build more sustainable cities.
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production: Creating sustainable supply chains and operations
As with our GRI material topic of Product Stewardship, this goal addresses sustainability along the length of our value chain – the partners we work with, the resources we use, the waste we create and how we can close the loop.
SDG 13: Climate action: Improving our impact along the value chain
This goal helps us understand the climate impact of our business and products, and plan to reduce and mitigate it along our value chain, including through the education and empowerment of our employees.
SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals: Working together for the greater good
The challenges our world faces will require collaboration to solve. By building partnerships and cooperating with other companies, associations, universities, NGOs, UN bodies and organisations, we are working together towards sustainable change.