BekaertDeslee wins first NBF Sustainability Award
Posted December 3, 2020
WAREGEM, Belgium – Mattress textile and cover manufacturer BekaertDeslee won the first Natonal Bed Federation (NBF) Sustainability Award, the group announced on November 26 during an online awards ceremony.
BekaertDeslee was able to convince the jury with their many local initiatives, the wellbeing of their employees, digitizing of processes and products and the commitment of the management towards sustainability.
BekaertDeslee received the prestigious Award in the U.K. and the first-ever Sustainability Award granted by the NBF. Out of the many submissions, BekaertDeslee came out on top, competing against the four British finalists – Jaybe, Harrisson Spinks, Hypnos and SilentNight.
Judges included David Fitzsimons, director of Oakdene Hollins; Izzie Eriksen of Circular Economy Consultancy, director of the European Remanufacturing Council and strategic program manager for Zero Waste Scotland; and Mark Allison, sustainability consultant at FIRA International.
“There were nine criteria we had to score across, and every company scored well,” Fitzsimons said. “Several chose two or three of the criteria to emphasize. Sometimes it was net-zero carbon, sometimes material recycling and in this most difficult of years, we appreciated it where we were told about the work they were doing with their staff and their local communities.
“But we came to a unanimous decision to select BekaertDeslee as the winner because we especially liked the senior management commitment to sustainability and the application of new digital technologies to making it a more sustainable business,” he added.
BekaertDeslee said it prides itself on this accomplishment as it pushes the company to create even more sustainable initiatives in the future.
“Winning the Sustainability NBF Award is a very important recognition for our team in all our business units worldwide,” said Frédéric Beucher, CEO of BekaertDeslee. “We are ambitious and are convinced we want to move forward focusing on three important pillars throughout the sustainable journey – Doing More With Less, Respect and Development and Towards a Greener Sleep. Our ambition is to make them the basis for our day-to-day management actions as well as our medium to long term strategic development plans.”