As a family business and manufacturer of transport solutions, we consider sustainable entrepreneurship of paramount importance, because it is a prerequisite for the continuation of our organisation.
Van Eck pays continuous attention to the three Ps that form the basis of sustainable entrepreneurship: a good social policy (People), care for the environment (Planet) and the sound financial situation of a company (Profit). We conduct business as a healthy commercial business, with consideration for people and the environment.
A good social policy
Van Eck employs around 150 people and aims to be a good employer for its staff. A safe and healthy workplace is a basic condition. A lot of attention is paid to safety, particularly in the production and service departments. We promote safe conduct in the workplace, create a safe working environment and we apply safety procedures to identify risks and dangers in the workplace on a regular basis. Through an active sickness absence policy and a proper Health & Safety management system, we try to prevent illness where possible or to ensure staff members return to work as soon as possible.
Van Eck further wishes to create a working environment where staff can develop to their full potential. After all, maximum deployment and development of competencies also lead to a successful and sustainable development of staff and the company. Staff members receive all necessary training and education with opportunities for further development and growth. Personal contribution and creativity in that respect is encouraged.
CO2-reducing transport solutions
Within Europe, sustainable transport is becoming increasingly important. If we do not improve transport efficiency now, the goods flow will rise by approximately 21-35% until 2020. In terms of the development and production of sustainable transport solutions, Van Eck has played an exemplary role in the sector for years. We believe it is important to make a contribution to sustainable transport and actively reflect on environmentally-friendly transport solutions.
The main theme of our product developments is to increase loading capacity and produce CO2-reducing transport solutions. Partly by applying new technologies, we help carriers to meet both the economic requirements and the increasingly stricter legislation and social pressure regarding environmental issues. Within this context, we believe that caring for the environment is a perpetual duty towards future generations. An added advantage of applying sustainable materials is that the operational life cycle of our vehicles is extremely long. This means that the savings on the total costs throughout the life cycle of the trailers far exceed the slightly higher investment costs. Furthermore, a long life cycle means less consumption of relatively scarce raw materials, which is better for the environment.
Since Van Eck has substantial in-house knowledge in the field of sustainable transport solutions, we make our expertise available on a regular basis. Van Eck is for instance a partner in the Platform for Aerodynamic Road Transport which has set itself the target to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions within road transport by 20% until 2020. For further information, please visit www.part20.eu.
A healthy return
Van Eck is a family business without external shareholders. A healthy return is vital to securing our independence, continuity and market position. For years, a large part of our profits has been utilised for investing in our staff, the development of new transport solutions and strengthening equity capital.
Van Eck pursues a growth of 10% per year. That is why we spend a lot of energy on innovation. Innovation secures the profitably of our organisation and as such the growth of it.
Where possible, Van Eck shares the success of its business with its staff through a profit distribution scheme each year.