People are the heart of our business
As an integrated floor covering producer with 3,926 employees, people are at the heart of our business. The single most important factor in delivering our objectives is our vision to facilitate the development of our employees so that everyone across the organisation can fully engage with, and positively contribute to achieving our strategic goals.
We are one of the largest employers in the region of West Flanders with more than 2,600 employees, so the retention of our people in Belgium is key in driving the success of our business. We have many employees who are members of unions. Balta has built up and sustained a good relationship with its unions throughout the years. We are already achieving excellent performance in ensuring our employees benefit from good working conditions in line with all federal and regional regulations.
Through retention, talent development and training, talent acquisition, employee engagement, well-being and diversity, we can mitigate the risk of not having competent, motivated and dedicated teams working towards a shared objective of delivering long-term and sustainable growth to return value to shareholders. This approach is intended to make Balta an attractive employer to combat the competitive hiring landscape caused by the lowest unemployment rate in Belgium since 1984.
Throughout 2019 we made several appointments to strengthen the Management Committee by welcoming experienced individuals to new roles and reflecting the international aspects of the flooring industry. The Management Committee focuses on strategic development and a pro-active business oriented organisation that adds value in all that it does.
As floor covering manufacturer in Belgium, Turkey and USA, health and safety is a priority for all our locations, with the goal of recording zero accidents. Through the ‘One Balta for Safety’ program we have mapped out ways to achieve this objective, ensuring that the well-being of the people at the heart of the business are a top priority and that we operate a risk-minimising culture of safety above all else.