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Embracing diversity

At Bekaert, we believe in working together to achieve better performance. As a truly global company, we embrace diversity across all levels in the organization, which is a major source of strength for our company. This applies to diversity in terms of nationality, cultural background, age or gender, but also in terms of capabilities, business experience, insights and views.

Nationality diversity 

Bekaert employs people of 68 different nationalities in 44 countries around the world. This diversity is mirrored in all levels of the organization, as well as in the composition of the Board of Directors.
(GRI 405-1)

Throughout our organization, 388 employees have another nationality than that of the country they work in. The countries where we have the largest foreign employee workforce are Chile (102 foreign employees or 7% of the Chilean workforce), Belgium (62 foreign employees or 4% of the Belgian workforce) and Slovakia (60 foreign employees or 3% of the Slovakian workforce).
(GRI 405-1)

NATIONALITY DIVERSITY As Per 31 December 2020        
  # People #Nationalities #Non-Native(1) % Non-Native
 BOARD OF DIRECTORS 13 8 7 54%
 Bekaert Group Executive (BGE) 8 7 6 75%
 Senior Vice Presidents (B16-B18) (2) 14 3 2 14%
 Next leadership level (B13-B15) (2) 87 16 40 46%
 TOTAL LEADERSHIP TEAM 109 19(3) 48 44%

(1)Non-native = nationality other than the one of the mother company’s social seat (i.e. Belgium)
(2)Hay classification reference
(3) Sum of nationalities across leadership team   

(GRI 405-1) 

Gender diversity

(GRI 405-1) 

GENDER DIVERSITY as per 31 December 2020  
  Male  Female
Blue Collars
93%
7%
Salaried professionals (1)
69%
31%
Management (2)
81%  19%
TOTAL BEKAERT EMPLOYEES
88%  12%

(1) In previous reports referred to as white collars
(2) B7 and above (Hay classification reference) 

The manufacturing character of Bekaert’s operations explains the predominantly male population among operators.

Bekaert adopts a recruitment and promotion policy that aims to gradually generate more diversity, including gender diversity. Information about gender diversity in the Board of Directors can be found in the Annual Report 2020 (chapter Report of the Board: Corporate Governance).

(GRI 405-1) 

Gender diversity in the Board of Directors and in the Leadership Team of Bekaert:

(GRI 405-1)

GENDER DIVERSITY as per 31 December 2020   
   # People Male  Female
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
13
62%
38%
Bekaert Group Executive (BGE)
8 87%
13%
Senior & next leadership level(1)
101
79%  21%
TOTAL LEADERSHIP TEAM
109
80%  20%

(1) B13-B18 (Hay classification reference)

By 2030, Bekaert aims to reach a gender diversity ratio of 33% at the leadership level.

Age diversity 

(GRI 405-1)

AGE DIVERSITY as per 31 December 2020   
  Under 30 years old 30-50 years old  Over 50 years old
Blue collars
24%
63%
13%
Salaried professionals
16% 68%
16%
Management (1)
3% 69% 28%
TOTAL Bekaert employees 21% 64% 15%

(1) B7 and above (Hay classification reference)

Age diversity in Bekaert’s highest governance bodies:

(GRI 405-1)

AGE DIVERSITY as per 31 December 2020  
   # People 30-50 years old  Over 50 years old
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
13
31%
69%
Bekaert Group Executive (BGE)
8 50%
50%
Senior Vice Presidents (B16-B18)(1)
14 21% 79%
Next leadership level (B13-B15)(1)
87 51% 49%
TOTAL leadership team
109 47% 53%

(1)Hay classification reference

Employment data:

Region
 TOTAL
  EMEA North America Latin America Asia Pacific
 Blue collars 6 067 1 129 4 844 8 489 20 529
 Male 5 250 1 075 4 695 8 252 19 272
 Female 817 54 149 237 1 257
Salaried professionals 1 545 266 1 656 1 847 5 314
Male 1 018 159 1 092 1 424 3 693
Female 527 107 564 423 1 621
Management 640 152 244 576 1 612
Male 526 129 204 447 1 306
Female 114 23 40 129 306
Total male 6 794 1 363 5 991 10 123 24 271
Total female 1 458 184 753 789 3 184
GRAND TOTAL 8 252 1 547 6 744 10 912 27 455

(*) joint-ventures included

(GRI 102-8)

Most people employed by Bekaert have a permanent contract. Employees with a temporary contract are usually on the payroll of external organizations and agencies (Special Economic Zones, employment agencies) and are hence not included in the Bekaert payroll numbers. 99% of the Bekaert employees work full-time.

(GRI 102-8)