“For us, embracing sustainability isn’t just about doing the right thing. It’s about driving innovation and exceeding the expectations of customers, stakeholders and employees – all while relentlessly pursuing new ways to reduce our impact on the planet.”
Nicklas Augustsson, Global Sustainability Director at Beckers
“As a coatings manufacturer, we formulate with a very complex raw material mix manufactured by a wide direct supplier landscape. 70% of the raw materials we use are specialty organic chemicals. These go into many competing applications in other industries. The embedded carbon in our raw materials today is almost exclusively derived from fossil sources and the transition to renewable carbon is a game changer in our offer to the market. ”Thomas Lüder, Director Sustainable Partnerships at Beckers
Why we joined the RCI
Beckers considers sustainability as the most important innovator in our industry during the next ten years. Our ambition is to lead the transformation in our industry and our efforts are guided by our 2030 Sustainability Strategy which includes ambitious goals and sets clear milestones. Since its launch in 2020, we’ve constantly made progress as can be reviewed in our annual sustainability reports (https://sustainability-report.beckers-group.com/index.html).
One of the most challenging parts: around 90% of Beckers product carbon footprint cradle to gate is embedded in our raw materials. In 2022 we started a major supplier integration project (“Towards Renewable Carbon”) with key global suppliers. And in 2023 we began to build our own capabilities for carrying out Life Cycle Assessments. One of the benefits of being part of the RCI is the opportunity to exchange with members on topics arising from this work. As medium-sized player operating in a variety of upstream markets, we continue on this path and consider these external partnerships strategically important.
Beckers is the number one supplier of coil coatings and a leading supplier of industrial paints worldwide. The company is a true pioneer in providing unique, high-performance coating solutions that improve customer competitiveness while protecting people and planet. With expertise based on its 150-year history, Beckers today is a global company with 1,800 employees in 23 locations in 17 countries, providing products and custom-made solutions to customers in 60 countries around the world. Beckers is owned by Lindéngruppen, a Swedish family business with a focus on the long-term development of industrial companies. Beckers’ corporate headquarters are in Berlin, Germany.