Corporate Social Responsibility

Giving back to the community in which we operate

BESIX Group wants to contribute to a safer and greener planet and build a better place to live in. The goal is to go beyond the legal requirements in the social (People), environmental (Planet) and economic (Growth) areas, and that on a voluntary basis. As a global player the Group takes into account the specificities and the environmental requirements of each country while developing its CSR approach.

Our CSR priorities are focused on four pillars:

People

BESIX is committed to guaranteeing the well-being and safety of its employees. At the same time, we want to offer enough career development opportunities and social involvement possibilities.

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Engineering

Our engineers strive to create sustainable building solutions.



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Environment

We aim to minimize our impact by reducing CO2 and waste, while attempting to attain certifications (LEED, BREEAM, … ) for our projects.


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Business Behaviour

BESIX Group has a commitment to purchase sustainably and to follow the codes of conduct. 

 
 

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In striving for these priorities, BESIX Group has to take into account 5 main challenges of its industry:
climate change, society’s ageing, the growing need for green buildings, the lack of green energy and the lack of talent management.

The combination of these CSR pillars with the industry challenges results in the following commitments for the Group:

  • Enabling a low carbon & waste society
  • Encouraging green solutions
  • Taking care of respectful & sustainable operations
  • Being a preferred employer
  • Increasing employees’ safety and comfort
  • Integrating codes of conduct
  • Promoting social, local and economic development

Discover our CSR Reports

The BESIX Group published its first CSR report 2010-2011 in 2012. A second report is available for 2012-2014. In 2017, we will publish our third CSR report covering 2015 and 2016.

The report is a good opportunity to describe what we have achieved with respect to the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), which many players, including in our field, have adopted.

The GRI enables our customers and stakeholders to be aware of our goals and the actions we take to implement them. Among these actions, we joined 'The Shift Network' in 2016 and are committed, like many other reference groups, to the United Nations and its Global Compact program.

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Creating awareness

With our Codes of Conduct, increasingly adhered to by our colleagues, subcontractors and their suppliers, we are keen to drive awareness and change that goes beyond our own structures. For this reason we worked on the SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Charter, an initiative of the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Foreign Trade together with Belgian associations, politicians and companies.

In our sector, we are participating in the development of the EIC (European International Contractors) Charter, which is intended to better position companies with regards to their CSR responsibilities.

Compliance and vigilance

Our Group’s participation in complex, largescale projects obviously requires us to bring in third parties, consortia partners and subcontractors.

Our Code of Conduct for Responsible and Sustainable Purchasing guides us in monitoring and cooperating with external partners. It also invites us to listen to NGOs when they provide information and feedback on practices which are not in line with our commitments.

In 2016, we corresponded transparently and constructively with one of them, which examined the working conditions on a building site in Qatar, where we were a consortium partner and for which subcontractors had been brought in.

We took advantage of these exchanges to further improve the control of our subcontractors with the aim of making working conditions as professional and ethical as possible in each country where we operate.

Work and life conditions for migrant workers in the Middle East

BESIX started its activities in the Middle East through as early as 1965, first in the Emirates, followed by Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrein and Oman. Our license to operate in this region includes a solid engagement to high quality work and life conditions for our workers, which we continue to improve further.

Our projects in building, marine and civil works require a massive amount of manpower, which is not available locally. Today we have over 11 000 employees in the Middle East, many of which are migrant workers, mainly from South–east Asia and the Indian subcontinent in particular.

BESIX aims to go further than applying local rules. We have procurement and recruitment processes in place to avoid any abuse of migrant workers and we request our subcontractors to equally respect our standards. In the Middle East and Qatar specifically we have initiated higher lodging standards, including recreational facilities and we provide training through “Right 2 Learn” on IT-skills and many other initiatives.

Learn more about these initiatives in our video:

BESIX Foundation

BESIX Foundation is a private foundation that was set up by the Belgian building Group BESIX in 2009, in celebration of their 100th anniversary. It supports charities by giving them financial support so they can achieve their goals.

The foundation also encourages volunteer work among BESIX Group’s employees. Education, Construction and/or Environment are the overarching themes of the supported projects.

Through the years, BESIX Foundation has also ventured to set up two initiatives of its own.

Right 2 Learn

Computer classes for workers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar

Our Middle Eastern workers are often far from home, which causes them to spend a non-negligible part of their salary on telephone calls. To cope with this situation, The BESIX Foundation has decided to create a basic computer course to allow them to make economies on their telephone calls and at the same time discover the vast world of Internet.

4 training centers and cyber cafés have been established either on site or in workers’ housing and colleagues volunteered to coach and teach those who had never used a computer before.

The success story of Right-2-Learn is unstoppable. The first group of students attending the courses has successfully accomplished the mission. The amazing part of those classes is when you see someone touching a computer for the first time in his or her life; it is a wonderful feeling and it encourages you to do more. I encourage everyone to take part in this sensational initiative!

Mohamed Riadh Aroua
Administration Manager, Warner Bros

KiddyBuild

For one day we welcome underprivileged children from 5th and 6th grade primary schools in Belgium. By bringing them to our sites and warehouses, they discover the variety of jobs in the construction industry. Enthusiastic BESIX Group collaborators guide them by showing them why they are passionate about their profession. Even if the children don’t want to pursue a position in the construction sector, KiddyBuild motivates them to find something that they love and urges them to work hard for it.
The project is enthusiastically supported by the Construction Confederation and the Fondation pour l’Enseignement.

In the United Arab Emirates, our Ajman concession hosts up to 300 students a year, explaining to them the water cycle and how wastewater is treated, as well as raising awareness on how to preserve the environment.

Visit http://www.besixfoundation.com/ or our Facebook page for more information.

Contact

Any questions, please contact Frédéric de Schrevel, Secretary General – BESIX Group & CSR Officer, or Donatienne de Spirlet : csr@besix.com