Both the local community and partners such as suppliers and contractors are very important stakeholders for BP in Geel.
Geel, Laakdal and Meerhout
The local community is a very important stakeholder for BP in Geel. It is spread over the three municipalities: Geel, Laakdal and Meerhout, more specifically, the boroughs of Oosterlo, Punt, Stelen, Winkelomheide, Zammel (Geel), Eindhout, Groot-Vorst (Laakdal) and Zittaart (Meerhout).
Just like the corner shop and of course the inhabitants themselves, BP is part of the local community. Because of its size and impact on the vicinity, the company has specific obligations to fulfil, both legal and self-imposed.
Communicating extensively is one such self-imposed obligation. As well as personal contact, BP uses a whole range of communications channels, including a free phone, regular meetings, open houses, site visits and publications.
BP in Geel runs a number of programmes which allow the company to be involved in educational and social initiatives of the local community.
Suppliers and contractors
The chemical industry is a capital-intensive industry. A major part of the capital goes into the procurement and maintenance of the production installations and all related items, from the water treatment plant to the computer network. And of course BP purchases raw materials for the production.
BP also brings in lots of services: from project management and site security to the delivery of sandwiches. The term 'contractors' refers to both BP's partner companies and their staff.
The staff of partner companies are an indispensable surplus value to BP's own staff. In many cases BP does not distinguish any longer between those two groups. For example, the BP in Geel safety statistics include the performance of both its own staff and staff of the partner companies without distinction.
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