Sustainability

We have taken the time to work out a sustainability strategy that we all believe in and are willing to fight for. One that’s based on actionable commitments, encompasses our key priorities and reflects the spirit of B.I.G. in a sincere way.

Our vision for the B.I.G. change is to actively build a better future by reducing our environmental footprint to zero, taking care of our people and those around us, and doing business in a transparent, ethical way.

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Shaping sustainable living, together

Global warming is one of the biggest challenges mankind has ever faced. We therefore believe that it’s urgent that everyone — governments, citizens and businesses — takes action to ensure we can maintain a decent quality of life and make living sustainable on earth. The simple fact is: the future has to be sustainable, or there will be no future.

Businesses must be part of the solution. B.I.G. must be part of the solution.

It’s why we are already taking practical steps to reduce our ecological footprint. But we will gear up our collective efforts and develop and implement actively new and better ways to produce our products more sustainably. Our ultimate goal is to make living more sustainable for today’s and tomorrow’s generations.

We can make this happen. We have always been energetic entrepreneurs making products and doing what was necessary to develop and move the business forward. 

Together we can make sustainable living.

Everyone is a reshaper

At B.I.G., the imperative of a sustainable future is emphasized, with the belief that it must be collectively shaped by all employees. This involves reshaping processes, behaviors, and societal norms, aiming for less energy, water, and waste consumption while ensuring safety and ethical sourcing. And we believe everyone at B.I.G. can contribute! Everyone is a reshaper!

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Plastic does not have a good reputation. We need to make a shift towards recycled and circular plastics to meet upcoming norms and customers’ expectations.

Renaud Declercq
Maintenance Specialist, Polychim
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We contribute to Route 2030 by improving health, safety, working conditions and the skills & knowledge of our employees.

Alex Liu
EHS & Project Manager at B.I.G. Yarns China
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One of our actions for a more sustainable future is the
offer of free-of-charge take-back and recycling programs.

Dorine Degryse
Sustainability Coordinator Cushion Vinyl, Beaufl or EU
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We used to pump 20 million liters of water every year. Today that is already 25% less.

Seppe Van Loo
Process Engineering Specialist, Beaulieu Needle Felt
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With our training courses we raise awareness about sustainability, both individually and collectively.

Vincent Peirsegaele
Academy Coach, BerryAlloc
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Every finished product we bring to market, we take back ourselves at some point.

Johan Pauwels
Operations Manager LVT, BerryAlloc
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We are doing a lot to engage and inspire our employees and their families to encourage a sustainable way of living.

Semen Perelomov-Tsoy & Yana Yakovenko
Chief Technical Officer & Head of HSE Service, Cushion Vinyl Russia
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We are trying to ensure our materials contain 25% recycled content and we hope to bring that to 50% in the near future.

Remy Bataille
Designer Draftsman, Distriplast
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The use of renewable energy sources benefits B.I.G. because it makes us less dependent on the energy market.

Quincy Nollet
Technology Engineer, Beaulieu Fibres International
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Each and every one of us will participate in reshaping our business, by rethinking, designing, implementing or supporting more sustainable solutions. 

Clara Carelli
Group Sustainability Director

Our roadmap to 2030

As a global company, we are well aware of the environmental challenges facing our planet, and we are determined to do our part.

To further consolidate our sustainability commitments, we have developed a roadmap that reflects our sustainable approach with 5 routes leading to a zero footprint future.

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We take responsibility for the environmental impacts of our operations

  

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Water

We constantly monitor our water consumption and use as little water as possible in our production processes. When we do need to use water, we prioritise recycled water.

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Energy

Futureproof energy management is a top priority at B.I.G. That’s why we implement very ambitious energy reduction programmes at our sites.

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Waste

We take various initiatives to reduce waste, from recycling yarns from marine plastic waste to optimising the size of client samples. Also, we recycle and re-granulate our internal waste.

We value our employees and the people around us

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Our workforce

B.I.G. actively works towards being a talent-first organisation, embracing strength-based career paths and a collaborative, open-minded company culture.

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Local communities

We manage several charity programmes and we regularly count on the services of social workshops, while also providing opportunities for students around our facilities.

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Safety

From providing ergonomic workstations to implementing behaviour-based safety programmes, we aim to eliminate all possible risks from the work environment – thus meeting and often exceeding legal requirements.

We work towards a circular economy with the whole supply chain in mind

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Content in products

Ranging from the creation of our 100% recyclable Needle Felt carpet Rewind to launching a new product range with at least 30% recycled polypropylene in our Distriplast facility.

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Packaging

To lower our ecological footprint, our packaging processes incorporate recycled and/or recyclable content.

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Circular solutions

Many of our innovation efforts centre around enabling the production of recyclable, monomaterial end products, such as our UltraBond fibres.

We take responsibility for our climate impact

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Renewable energy

Various B.I.G. sites are equipped with solar panels. Moreover, we replace fossil fuel-driven equipment with electrical equipment when possible.

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CO2 emissions

We focus on multimodal transportation and minimise CO2 emissions at all our production sites.

We act with integrity and value open communication

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Communication

Transparency is key to keep things moving in the same direction. B.I.G. uses clear communication to increase employee engagement and retention and build a successful internal culture.

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B.I.G. policies and guidelines

Our commitments, like our Code of Conduct and our Responsible Business Statement, are all documented in our policies and guidelines, ensuring international regulatory compliance, doing business ethically streamlining (internal processes) and providing input for decision-making.

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Conduct code for suppliers

We place the bar high for ourselves, and expect the same from our suppliers. Only together can we really make a difference. Read more about our Supplier Code of Conduct here.

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