Management Statement

Quality, working conditions and sustainability (including environment) are essential aspects of the execution of our work. Our policies in these fields therefore form an integral part of Eekels’ general policy. Eekels has chosen to lay down in full its way of working based on these processes, incorporating the Quality-Working Conditions-Sustainability aspects. To emphasise that the delivery of quality in a safe and healthy manner for people and the environment for now and in the future is everyone’s responsibility, we have called this system KAM4ALL. Although quality, working conditions and sustainability are all regulated within one system, all three aspects have their own specific targets.

Quality

As Eekels staff we are aware that we owe our existence to our customers. This is why the quality of our services, systems and products meets the demands and expectations of our customers, and complies with legal and social standards. In addition, we strive for long-term relationships with our customers and suppliers. This explains our mission: ‘Partner in Technical Solutions’. We aim to achieve the required quality by controlling and continuously improving our company processes.

To guarantee quality and thus gain our customers’ trust, Eekels has laid down its working method in the KAM4ALL system, which is periodically tested by management and which, if needed, is adjusted through organisational improvements. In the same way, we ask suppliers for a guarantee for their systems, products and services.

Some important basic assumptions are:

  • The customer is the focus;
  • Deploying skilled and motivated personnel;
  • All activities right the first time;
  • Continuous improvement.

The quality system and its implementation are NEN-EN ISO 9001:2015 certified. In addition, we are certified for fusion welling of metals in conformity with NEN 3834-2:2006.

Working conditions

At Eekels care for working conditions entails achieving the highest possible level of safety, the best possible health protection, and promotion of wellbeing at work for all employees. The target is zero accidents with absenteeism.

Some basic assumptions:

  • Work safely or do not work at all!
  • Prevent personal injury.
  • Prevent material and environmental damage.
  • Hold each other accountable regarding unsafe behaviour.
  • Continuous improvement.

Communication with employees is in the Dutch language. Non-native speakers shall be communicated with in a language that they understand. In the event of an employee being involved in an accident, Eekels offers the possibility of lighter duties.

The occupational health and safety system complies with the Working Conditions Act and is (except for the Business Unit Romania) certified on the basis of the SCC (in Dutch VCA**) version 2008/5.1.

Sustainability

Why operate a business sustainably? Doing business sustainably offers prospects and stimulates innovation. Dealing with scarcity in a smart way and looking for the most sustainable solutions is not only part of the job, but also offers market opportunities and is inspiring.

We are convinced that doing business in a sustainable way is the only way of doing business, for now and in the future. Proactivity is a necessity; sitting still is not an option. Eekels takes its societal responsibility seriously. We work hard reducing our footprint. There are more steps to be taken, but our ambitions extend beyond: we aim to make a positive difference in our markets regarding sustainability.

Eekels, together with its sister companies within TBI would like to play a more prominent role in sustainable business. We are willing and able – and therefore we do. We are working towards becoming a ‘prominent player’ in three phases. Firstly, we need to bring our own house in order and be decisive. This phase ended in 2015. The second phase we have called ‘creating value and growth’ (2015 – 2020). Through this phase we expect to reach phase 3 in 2020: taking up our position as a ‘prominent and decisive player.’

Eekels is certified at level 3 of the CO2 Performance Ladder.

 

Kolham, 30 januari 2015

Hendrik de Haan

Bart Brom