Beko’s 16th Sustainability Report: Change Starts in the Home

Beko has released its 16th Sustainability Report, with the motto ‘Feels like Home'
Beko has released its 16th Sustainability Report, with the motto ‘Feels like Home’ to urge stakeholders to start making the change within the home

The global household and white goods company, Beko, has released its 16th Sustainability Report after its longtime advocacy of sustainable innovation. 

The report adopts the theme “Sustainability at Heart: Where ‘Feels Like Home’ Begins”. 

The company chose the theme to highlight its industry-leading standards in green energy utilisation, energy efficient products and processes as well as resource efficiency and incorporation of recycled materials in its products.

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The report comes as part of Beko’s vision; "Respecting the World, Respected Worldwide”, and its commitment to net-zero by 2050. 

However, as a company with global operations spanning 57 countries and 45 production facilities, with brands such as HotPoint and Singer, its sustainability goals may seem difficult to reach. 

Despite this, Beko achieved the highest score of the DHP Household Durables industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, for the fifth year in a row. 

Green energy drives Beko's sustainability goals

The report details a reduction in Beko’s carbon footprint through 64% green electricity usage in all its manufacturing operations. 

It aims, and is on track, to increase this to 100% by 2030 in every manufacturing facility. 

This goal reflects its dedication to sustainability, its vision for the future, and its commitment to green energy; the company's installed solar energy system capacity in 2023 has risen significantly to 20.3 MW from only 3.26 MW in 2021. 

Beko also saved 95,680 GJ of energy and 288,973 m3 of water across its production processes last year, as a result of its increased efficiency. 

The report outlines two further aims for Beko’s water usage, within manufacturing: 

• To reduce water withdrawal per product by 45% in all manufacturing facilities from the 2015 baseline by 2030. 

• To increase the water recycling and reuse ratio to 70% in all manufacturing facilities by 2023. 

Hakan Bulgurlu, CEO of Beko, says "At Beko, we aren't just creating home appliances, we're innovating for a sustainable future.”

Hakan Bulgurlu, CEO of Beko

“This past year has seen us reach significant milestones in green energy and recycling, but we see these as steps on our journey, not the destination,” Hakan continues. 

Beyond ESG: Beko's biodiversity efforts

“Our goal is clear: to create home appliances that not only meet the needs of our consumers but also contribute positively to our planet.

“Our role extends beyond manufacturing; we're striving to make every home a beacon of sustainability and a testament to a greener future,” Hakan concludes. 

Beko has also adjusted its sustainability targets to the 1.5°C threshold, broadening the scope of its climate-related targets to all manufacturing facilities including joint ventures for Scope 1, 2 and Scope 3 emissions. 

The company’s efforts span more than just emissions and waste reduction, as it has prioritised maintaining the biodiversity of areas surrounding its manufacturing facilities- including one in Ulmi, Romania. 

This facility, which covers an area over 431,000m2, is adjacent to a biodiversity sensitive area (the only one of Beko’s facilities which neighbours this type of biodiverse space). 

As a result, the company measures PM10, NO2, and SO2 quarterly under the National Air Quality Act 104/2011. 

It has also set a roadmap in collaboration with an environmental consulting company, specialising in biodiversity conservation- which found the facility’s impact on nature to be limited. 

Despite this, Beko remains committed to improving the habitats and biodiversity in the manufacturing facility’s surrounding land- proving their sustainability efforts go beyond ESG requirements. 

Beko is committed to biodiversity (Credit: Getty)

Overall, Beko’s Sustainability Report lays out the full details of Beko's sustainability targets categorised by the "Planet," "Human Needs," and "Business." 

Its targets include the progress it has made since 2021, and the associated contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ranging from climate change, water, chemicals, plastics, healthy living, tackling food waste, supporting local communities and talent development through to diversity, decent work, and sustainable value chain. 

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