Sustainability Our responsibility in the workplace Our responsibility in the markets and towards the environment Our responsibility towards society Bekaert’s global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy is centered on four main pillars: our responsibility in the workplace, in the marketplace, towards the environment and towards society. Our CSR efforts and activities are therefore focused in such a way that balanced consideration is given to the interests of all respective stakeholders, i.e. employees, customers, shareholders, partners, local governments and the communities in which we are active. Bekaert’s CSR report 2013 was conducted according to the GRI G3 Guidelines regarding the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework. The certification process of the 2014 report was still pending at the date of the publication of this Annual Report. Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organization that promotes economic sustainability. Bekaert’s responsible performance in 2014 has been recognized by its inclusion in the Ethibel Excellence Index (ESI) Europe - a reference benchmark for top performers in terms of corporate social responsibility based on Vigeo’s research - as well as in Kempen SRI.