Some 50 candidate-companies competing in seven different categories participated in the fifth annual Global Compact France Awards for communication excellence. The Bel Group received the 2018 award for best communication in the CG advanced category, the highest level of communication on progress (COP) under the United Nations Global Compact.
At the awards ceremony, Laurence Monnoyer-Smith, President of the Jury and the General Commissioner of Sustainable Development, underscored the Bel Group’s active involvement in human rights, in particular its strong commitment to the 10 guiding principles concerning children’s rights and companies (Unicef, UN Global Compact and Save the Children).
The Bel Group began its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative some 15 years ago, when it joined the United Nations Global Compact in 2003. To that end, the Group has committed to voluntarily practicing the 10 universal principles laid out by the Global Compact (GC) organization and to communicate on the progress it has achieved. The 10 GC principles call for respecting human rights, following international labor laws (e.g. the right to free assembly, and the elimination of forced labor and child labor), preserving the environment, and fighting all forms of corruption.
This commitment goes hand in hand with Bel’s “We care in every portion” program to build a sustainable growth model that is ever more humane and environmentally friendly by offering increasingly responsible products. The four pillars of this continuous improvement initiative, which extends to 2025, are to encourage sustainable farming practices, continually increase nutritional quality and natural content, reduce the environmental footprint, and enhance people well-being.
After winning the Global Compact award in 2015, this new recognition commends the commitments and actions of Bel and its teams worldwide to contribute to creating shared value across its entire value chain.