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A new governance structure for our sustainability strategy

In 2021 we created a new sustainability governance structure within Beckers: Beckers Sustainability Council (BSC), a global cross-functional leadership team, and Global Stream Teams that will govern our sustainability activities.

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Formalizing the global sustainability structure

The newly created Beckers Sustainability Council takes the baton from the previous Sustainability Committee. It is formally the highest sustainability governance body within Beckers and reports directly to the Global Support Committee (GSC).

The members of the BSC come from across the different functions and are the direct link between the Global Stream Teams and the GSC. The Global Sustainability Director chairs the Council that consists of CTO, CHRO, COO, VP Business Controlling, Global Sustainability Controller, Global Product Sustainability Director, Global Communications Director, VP Global Sustainable Industrial Development, Global Director for Health & Safety, Global Sustainability Expert, Environment and Energy Manager and the South Europe Coil Coating Business VP.

The BSC members are responsible for strategy and framework development, stakeholder engagement and alignment. They monitor the 2030 Sustainability Strategy progress, KPIs and actions, follow up on the three streams and their associated projects, and help set the annual Sustainability Contract, that is proposed to the Board of Directors and signed by the Executive Committee. The BSC also functions as the jury for the Beckers Sustainability Awards.

The Global Stream Teams: sustainability sounding boards for each stream

The Global Stream Teams are working groups for each stream within our 2030 Sustainability Strategy: People, Products and Operations with Impact. They identify action points and blockers at each Beckers site, work on the global approach to sustainability, and coordinate actions defined and presented by the Managing Directors to ensure that they support the achievement of the 2030 sustainability targets.

The Stream Teams drive sustainability within the big picture for their stream and also make sure that best practices are shared among sites. They also contribute to the Sustainability Contract and therefore set the foundation for our annual targets.

Beckers’ sustainability governance structure

The Executive Committee is responsible for incorporating our sustainability strategy and monitoring the performance of each business. In addition, the newly created Beckers Sustainability Council (BSC) – a global cross-functional leadership team – and Global Stream Teams together govern our sustainability activities. Three Stream Teams are responsible for each of the 2030 Sustainability Strategy Streams: People (CHRO Judith Jungmann), Products (CTO Gavin Bown), Operations (VP Global Sustainable Industrial Development Laurent Legendre; from 02/2022 COO Eric Gaertner). The Global Sustainability Team drives the overall strategic sustainability topics.east See also Meet our leadership

Integrating and promoting sustainability throughout the company

With this new structure, Beckers now has a formal governance body that integrates sustainability in all functions and forms a direct line from the sites to the global Beckers management. This facilitates collaboration on key strategic topics and enables us to share best practice examples throughout the Group. Through the global set up of the Stream Teams, all regions have access to promoting their sustainability topics.

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