Van de Velde is growing every year and our people grow with us. Thanks to our employees’ passion, Van de Velde can keep on growing. It’s a positive spiral. We strive towards a culture that stimulates winning, that strengthens employees and that encourages working with passion.
We exemplify this corporate culture with a program ‘People For Groei, Groei For People’. The foundation of sustainable growth is the well-being of our employees.
The key drivers of GROEI, which means GROWTH in Dutch, are...
Sustainable growth in a drastically changing world implies new leadership. Therefore, we invest in:
Our Company grows
However, we keep our attention on sustainable, social and ethical responsibilities. That’s why we maintain a number of official instruments.
Our SA8000-certificate and the Ethical and Social Charter ensure that:
The SA8000 label is the worldwide leading certificate for corporate social responsibility with strict criteria in terms of child labor, forced labor, health and safety, freedom of association, discrimination, disciplinary procedures, working hours, salary and management. We were one of the first Belgian companies to carry this label. Since 2003 our headquarters, comprised of the Schellebelle & Wichelen sites, comply with SA8000. At the end of 2015 we were certified for the next three years.
Twice a year, in May and November, our certified sites are inspected by independent auditors SGS. The auditors’ activities go beyond People & Organization, management and administration. They touch the entire workplace visits and include talks with employees.
Ethical and Social Charter
The criteria of the SA8000-certificate are included in the Ethical and Social Charter of Van de Velde. This charter represents ‘Human friendly entrepreneurship’ with respect for the quality of work and the wellbeing and identity of the employees.
Each production company of the group and all our employees have signed a declaration that they abide by the Ethical and Social Charter of Van de Velde.
Code of Conduct
Each employee starting at Van de Velde signs our Code of Conduct. It contains our general values and standards, but also our policy regarding ethical behavior.