sustainable HR policy, workplace improvement, lifelong learning, diversity
TVH Parts (West-Flanders)
The Voka Charter for Sustainable Entrepreneurship was an extra stimulus and source of inspiration for our ergonomic office refurbishment. The audit provides feedback on your plans and actions, and suggestions from other companies’ projects. But we didn’t forget our logistics department either. Together with our facility and automation department, an ergonomist and the supplier, we converted standard picking stations into an ergonomic version in many respects, which can also be adjusted in height so that employees of any size can use them. All these efforts together are in line with our goal of allowing our employees to retire in good health at the end of their careers.
Sofico (East Flanders)
Focus: Sustainable mobility
Sofico, a fast-growing Ghent-based tech company specialising in software solutions for leasing companies, is now looking beyond the choice between petrol and diesel. In pilot projects with various customers, Sofico’s Miles platform was expanded so that, in addition to car financing and leasing, other sustainable mobility solutions could also be managed.
“Co-creation with our customers is central to all our developments around new forms of mobility and their management. Interacting with our customers helps us understand their practical needs and to make meaningful adjustments to our Miles package in a targeted way.” says Jan Bouckaert, business development manager. The integration of mobility budgets, cafeteria plans, bicycle leasing, shared car systems… must enable the companies to which our customers provide mobility solutions to develop a dynamic mobility plan. At the same time, this must remain clear and manageable. From classic leasing business to smart mobility, as it were.”
Sofico will also make the best practices from this pilot project available to other customers, in order to make full use of its role in the transition to sustainable mobility. For example, Miles is ensuring that the car fleet of a customer in South Korea will not only be used for leasing, but that these leased cars can also be shared by their drivers with a local community. This peer-2-peer car sharing cars then compensates part of the monthly lease price to be paid.
This is also what BattMobility in Ghent, with which Sofico recently set up a joint venture, is aiming for.The electric car-sharing community and Sofico partnered to give users maximum support in sharing a car. Multimodality is attractive, but it must also be feasible. By focusing on sustainable product innovation, Sofico helps companies have a real impact on everyone’s mobility.
Citrique belge (Flemish Brabant)
Focus: water management and renewable energy
In Tienen, Citrique Belge produces citric acid for soft drinks and medicines, among other things. To do so, it needs a lot of water: about 3.5 million cubic metres a year. But water is an ever scarcer commodity, which is why the company is investing heavily in innovation. “By focusing more on reuse, we become less dependent on a few sources, such as the Gete and groundwater, and we limit risks caused by drought,” says Citrique Belge.
To avoid water supply problems in the future, Citrique Belge is trying to use less and less water. For example, the company is working on a water scan in production and plans to make adjustments in order to reuse more condensation water. In addition, a new water plant will be built in 2021, in which used cooling water will be upgraded to drinking water quality instead of being discharged directly into the nearby river. In addition, outdated cooling circuits will be converted to modern and more efficient ones, which will result in the removal of an open cooling tower in 2020. All these initiatives will lead to more closed water systems and thus lower water consumption.
Sustainable energy is also high on the agenda. A new combined heat and power plant has replaced the outdated power plant. Citrique Belge is now producing its own steam and electricity. The new power plant also emits significantly less NOx gases than the old one. It also allows for further energy savings. In 2021, for example, a heat network will be created that extracts residual heat from the flue gases.