Our responsibility towards society

Education projects form the backbone of funding and other community-building activities. In addition, we support local activities and projects for social, cultural and economic development, as well as for disaster relief.

Supporting educational and training initiatives

We believe that education and learning are the key to a sustainable future. Accordingly, we support initiatives worldwide that focus on helping the communities we are active in through education and learning.

In China, Bekaert has built strong relationships with various schools. In 2013, Bekaert and its employees donated gifts, books and sporting goods to the Lianying Primary School (Shanghai), the Shuang Lu Primary School (Chongqing) and the Weihai Xiyuan School (Weihai) on the occasion of International Children’s Day.

Bekaert_library school Izmit

Our plant in Izmit (Turkey) supported a library for the Ulubatlı Hasan Primary School.

In Brazil, Bekaert is a partner in the Welding City program, which aims to train ‘at-risk youth’ in welding methods so as to increase their opportunities on the job market.


Prodac, our plant in Peru, supports the ‘Learning for growth’ program, which aims to improve primary school teachers’ performance in mathematics and communication. The program includes workshops for not only teachers, but also parents and members of the local education community. It is a cooperative effort between Prodac, Cayetano Heredia University and a project called ‘Businessmen for Education’.

Supporting social & community initiatives

We support community initiatives that aim to improve societal conditions in the places where we are active.

In India, Bekaert contributes to the economic development and well-being of communities where we are active. In the Thiruvallur District, for instance, a natural resource management program was set up which focuses on water and agriculture. The health camp initiatives that were launched in 2012 to address the health care needs of the local people continue to be organized.

In Brazil, Bekaert continues to support long-term initiatives like Citizens of Tomorrow, a program through which employees and their families collect funds to help children and teenagers with social and educational needs. Also in Brazil, Bekaert supports various health initiatives that are geared towards detecting and treating sight and hearing problems.

The Akron (Ohio, US) office supported the United Way’s annual “Day of Action” by voluntarily work in the local community.

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