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Engaging in communities around us

Beckers has a significant global presence, but we never forget how important it is to be part of our local community.

GRI 103/Local Communities

This was especially important in a year such as 2020, when social differences weighed even more and many charities suffered. We’re proud that even in this extraordinary year our colleagues supported a range of local initiatives that help others to thrive. These are some of the programs and projects we have supported. Many of them might seem like small improvements, but they demonstrate very clearly how change starts.

During 2020, our site in France donated masks for healthcare personnel at Montbrison hospital, several local retirement homes, and other local caregivers. In April, the site nurse worked at the hospital to help support the staff there through a critical time. Employees’ children made drawings to thank the medical staff at the hospital for all their hard work and commitment in fighting Covid-19. Beckers employees also made a short movie in the same spirit for the nurses at a local retirement home.

The local team in Dormagen supported a project called “Dormagen Lerntraining”, an initiative to bring individual learning and training support to young people. The local team donated money to this project in which children and young people are individually supported. They are prepared for school and training through personal and long-term mentoring. Learning trainers or learning companions – some still active in their professional life, others already in retirement – this task. They support the children and young people, for example in the case of school problems through targeted coaching. But sometimes children also need help with difficulties they encounter in everyday life. The learning trainer is there for them personally to help them work through their problems. The project is a cooperation between pupils, parents, teachers and volunteers.

Our colleagues in Vietnam supported a brittle-bone children's center.

Vietnam is one  of the countries that will be most affected by climate change. Beckers has two sites in Vietnam. Our local teams are among the most active when it comes to implementing changes to reduce their climate impact as well as improving the well-being of employees and supporting the communities around them. Their strong sense of togetherness and common purpose shows in their community engagement and in various activities that support the well-being of the local employees. A team from Beckers Vietnam visited the brittle-bone children’s center. They donated two weeks’ worth of food, helped to prepare a meal and spent time playing with the kids. On World Blood Donor Day Event, a team from our site in Nghe  An, Vietnam supported local events by volunteering, donating materials and helping to issue blood donation certificates to donors. The Beckers employees also donated blood. Many people use a motorbike for daily transportation. During the rainy season, road safety is a concern. To improve safety not only at work but also on the way to work, the team designed a special Beckers raincoat, which sends a strong reminder to all road users to drive safely. During regular “clean hours”, all employees help with housekeeping surrounding our factories. The teams have also planted trees and flowers to make the environment greener and fresher for everyone.

The local staff made a donation to “Fondazione Asolo” to support children treated at the pediatric onco-hematological day center at the F. del Ponte di Varese Hospital. The aim of the foundation is to offer children and adolescents with onco-hematological pathologies the most qualified medical assistance and psychological support, to ensure a better quality of life during treatment, and facilitate the healing process.

Staff cooperated with a local foundation to provide young talented people internships from 3 to 6 months. Staff also raise funds at Christmas to support various local charities, including the animal shelter, a women’s refuge, and an emergency care center for children.

South Africa
In South Africa we supported seven students to study analytical chemistry at Tswane University of Technology in their first semester. In long-term partnership with the non-profit organization Star for Life, we supported Eketsang secondary school in Alberton, Johannesburg. The team also sponsored kits for the Tembisa Ladies Rugby Club.

We are proud to have supported Star for Life – and the children they work with – for many years.

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