Building for the future

At Etex, we have a clear commitment to helping build a better, sustainable future. We care about our social and environmental impact and aim to disrupt the building industry with innovative lightweight solutions. Our very first Sustainability Report shows how we leverage our strengths to have a positive impact on the world and inspire ways of living for the benefit of future generations.

Meeting the needs of the world with inspiring ways of living

Meeting the needs of the world with inspiring ways of living

The world is facing unprecedented challenges: climate change, resources scarcity, housing shortage, ageing cities, ... At Etex, we take responsibility. We want to support the transition towards a sustainable society and economy with tangible and affordable lightweight solutions. To firmly embed sustainability in our approach, we have made it one of our key strategic initiatives. We defined the most relevant Sustainable Development Goals for Etex and actively support them.

“Our purpose is to inspire ways of living, and we are building our future on product and service solutions that support the transition towards a sustainable society and economy.”

Paul Van Oyen, Chief Executive Officer
Jörg Ertle, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility 

 

Building on a strong foundation for sustainability

By building on a strong foundation, one may reach unthinkable heights. We take this to heart with our sustainability ambition. That is why we laid a strong foundation in 2020 by introducing a structured approach encompassing the different areas of sustainability: social, environmental and economic impacts as well as effective governance.

Our people and culture

Our people and culture

Caring for our employees is a key element of our social responsibility efforts. We actively nurture our engaged teammates based on actively lived values that shape the core of our business. Our values – Connect and Care, Passion for Excellence, Pioneer to Lead – guide our behaviours not only towards driving growth, achieving excellence and boosting personal development, but also raising the standards of social responsibility and sustainability.

Health, safety and well-being

Health, safety and well-being

Occupational health and safety have a crucial impact on workers' lives and is therefore at the forefront of our social responsibility efforts. Hence, zero accidents and occupational illnesses are our only acceptable ambitions. Safeguarding people on as well as outside our premises, or travel to and from work, requires a thorough, structured and continuously evolving approach. Ensuring the safety, health and well-being of our teammates is a task that never stops.

Environment

Environment

The construction industry has a significant impact on the environment. We want to reduce the negative effects and look at where our activities can have the biggest leverage. Together with our stakeholders, the topics of energy and emission management, renewable energy, water management, biodiversity and ecosystem management, waste management as well as sustainable products, services and innovation were identified as material environmental topics where Etex has the biggest impact.

Towards a future-proof economy

Towards a future-proof economy

We are shifting towards a circular economy model, inspired by the cradle-to-cradle principles, meaning that everything is a resource, and energy is renewable. For us, circularity means offering innovative and sustainable products and services and shifting our mindset from linear extraction, production and consumption patterns (take-make-use-waste) to circular production and consumption loops in which materials are sourced in an infinite, environmentally responsible way, and resources are continuously re-used or regenerated.

Community relations

Community relations

Being global and acting local is part of our identity. We want to support the local communities in which our teammates live and work by being a long-term partner. We benefit from local talents and from the supply of local goods and services. In turn, we want to contribute to the local business environment. Beyond that, we engage in a wide range of voluntary initiatives which offer support to local communities through long-lasting partnerships. Next to that, we enable our teammates to increase their social impact through their involvement in local projects.

Better together

Better together

At Etex, we are used to working together as one team. ‘Connect and Care’ is one of our core values. While we can tackle some sustainability opportunities on our own, we know that real progress can only be achieved through collaboration with strong partners, using input from customers, suppliers and other business partners and stakeholders. We embrace dialogue and collaboration. By playing it as one strong team and through our collaborations and partnerships, we can accelerate progress towards the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.