Blue by nature, green at heart


BAC raises money for diabetes awareness

It is estimated that by 2030 in Belgium alone 1 in 10 people will have diabetes, that’s over 1 million people. Through participating in the Climbing for Life-weekend BAC helps to raise awareness for diabetes. The subscription fees were paid by BAC and early September 76 colleagues and partners from Belgium, Italy, Australia, China and the US took part in the Climbing for Life event held in the town of Gérardmer, located in the Vosges (France).

Together with over 3000 people nearly 95.000 euro was raised for diabetes by walking, running and biking across the “Balloons and Trails” of this mountain range. Those who participated were unanimous: “A wonderful weekend of sportive achievements and collegial togetherness. Not even the rainy weather could put a damper on it!”

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This initiative fits well with BAC’s commitment to create a caring and safe environment for our people and our communities; which is one of our five sustainability goals.

And our commitment reached further than the Climbing for Life-weekend. Over the summer BAC employees organized various actions (a carwash, a bake sale, a salsa-workshop, a spinning class,…) to raise money for Kampka-D.

This non-profit organization offers summer camps to children with diabetes. The raised sum was doubled by BAC management and Don Fetzer (BAC president) along with David Jacobs (Managing Director EMEA) handed over the cheque to the Kampka-D representatives.

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Have a nice World Environment Day!

World Environment Day takes place every year on June 5th. It’s an initiative by the United Nations aimed to raise awareness for environmental issues and encourage positive environmental action. At BAC, we celebrate this on Friday June 2nd. On this day employees around the globe take part in various environmental activities (cycling to work, cleaning up the local surroundings, learning about eco-friendly actions,…).

We want to engage every employee in a fun and original way so we can all be a part of BAC’s commitment: “Reduce our global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions with 20% by 2020.* Let’s do it together!

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* in comparison to 2014.


Cleaning up!

To litter (verb): make a place untidy with rubbish or a large number of objects left lying about.

Unfortunately this is something we encounter around the edges of our company grounds in Heist-op-den-Berg, Belgium: cigarette stubs, gum, food wrappers, cans, bottles,…  In 2016 IOK Afvalbeheer (a governmental agency that regulates the waste treatment for 29 local municipalities in the area) initiated a clean-up-the-litter action. BAC liked this idea and – being the only company in the Heist industry zone to take part – send out its Green Team to take to the street with gloves and garbage bags to clean it all up.

On April 27th the second edition of this clean-up-action took place. This time some more companies in the local area joined the effort. They could come to the BAC reception to pick up there clean-up-packages, as we had been requested by IOK to take the lead here. The weather was not on our side that day, but the Green Team were not deterred and made once again sure that the BAC domain was litter-free!

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Biodiversity area at BAC

On March 16th the BAC Green Team in Heist-op-den-Berg (Belgium) started with the creation of a biodiversity area on the company’s grounds. The Green Team received practical assistance from Regionaal Landschap Rivierenland and support from Provincie Antwerpen, to design and landscape an enviroment-friendly area.
The green zone has a fruit orchard and in the near future a picnic space for BAC employees will be created. In a separate area the team planted some linden trees. Next to the existing parking lot a hedge row has been put up, and together with a revised moving policy this will provide a safe and secluded area for the insects, butterflies and bees.

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This action was reported on in the Belgian press, read more in Dutch here:
Vergroening bedrijventerrein Heist-op-den-Berg (click on the link)
Werknemers Baltimore planten zelf bedrijfsterrein aan (click on the link)


Happy World Environment Day!

June 5th has been designated by the United Nations as World Environment Day. On this day, various activities take place around the world aimed at raising awareness of environmental issues and encouraging positive environmental action. At BAC, we celebrate this on Friday June 3rd. On this day employees around the globe participate in environmental activities, from planting trees, cycling to work, cleaning up litter to educating children – a fun way to engage everyone in sustainable thinking and acting.

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