natural stones from responsible sources for public projects

 

Building sustainably in the area of ​​pedestrian zones, city squares and marketplaces means building with natural stones. This natural building material does not have to be manufactured, the entire earth’s crust consists of natural stone. After the dismantling, only the processing takes place, without further raw materials or energy-intensive production steps. A huge advantage – especially – compared to concrete blocks, the basic material cement of which is responsible for around 8% of global CO₂ emissions. [1] An average of 600 kg of CO₂ equivalents are emitted per ton of concrete produced. [2] This corresponds to the same amount that a car emits over 3000 km (gasoline engine 7l / 100 km). The production of clinker bricks, in turn, requires a great deal of energy during the burning process.

[1] WWF Germany, 2019. Climate protection in the concrete and cement industry, Berlin: WWF Germany. [2] Mettke, A., 2020. Climate killer concrete? [Interview] (March 17, 2020).

BESCO CEO Frank Dickmann, Sales Manager Florian Geyer and 3 of our Chinese inspectors

BESCO managing director Frank Dickmann, sales manager Florian Geyer and 3 of our Chinese inspectors

building sustainably means building with natural stone

 

Since 2003, BESCO has been active in Germany and Europe as a natural stone project supplier from Berlin and supplies natural stone for large scale projects. Our motivation is to make the fascination of natural stone tangible for all those involved in the project through tailor-made solutions, collected project expertise and ongoing commitment.

With our belgrano® natural stone, we offer the freedom for individual project ideas from design planning to acceptance. Our natural stones are produced on a project-specific basis and delivered just-in-time from the factory in Asia or Southern Europe by container directly to the construction site.

 

acting responsible – fair trade is also possible with natural stone

 

As a medium-sized family company, we not only care about the well-being of our employees and their families, but also that of our producers and their employees.

Unfortunately, it is a recurring topic to this day that Asian natural stone may be extracted in violation of human rights. That is why BESCO has been working with WiN = WiN Fair Stone since 2009 to improve the social and environmental standards of natural stone imports from Asia.

The cornerstones of the “Fair Stone” standard are compliance with the core labor standards (including those excluding child and forced labor), measures for the safety and health of workers and adaptation to current environmental protection measures.

trust is good – control is a win for everyone

 

In order to guarantee the contractually stipulated standards, all of our production facilities certified by WiN = WiN are regularly checked by independent auditors (e.g. TÜV Rheinland) and supported in their implementation. This also applies to training on occupational safety and environmental protection, for example. The standards cover the entire production process, from the quarry to the finished product.

In addition, we have an in-house 4-person inspection team in China. This checks the agreed quality and the tolerances of our products on a daily basis and monitors compliance with the ILO (International Labor Organization) conventions in all Asian belgrano® productions.

granite quarry in Portugal

granite quarry in Portugal

fair production conditions and socio-ecological commitment

 

In addition to compliance with international labor and human rights standards, CO₂ emissions also play an increasingly important role when transporting natural stones. Locally produced materials certainly have an advantage in terms of the CO₂ balance, but the quarrying of natural stone is not welcomed everywhere in Germany, which means that the annual demand cannot be met nationally.

Another disadvantage of many German natural stones, in addition to their limited permanent use in inner-city areas, is their low color variation, to the chagrin of creative planners and architects.

In Spain and Portugal the geological and topographical conditions are different. In many regions there are lush granite deposits directly under thin layers of soil. This enables the rocks to be mined with the least possible interference with nature. The occurrences in Spain and Portugal offer less variation in color than Chinese occurrences, but they are available at very short notice.

take responsibility into your own hands

 

In order to make an active contribution to climate protection and to equate southern European or Asian natural stone in terms of CO₂ balance with German natural stone, we have decided to offset the CO₂ emissions caused by the transport of our natural stone in cooperation with myclimate.

BESCO also plays a pioneering role among natural stone suppliers when it comes to CO₂ compensation. With our partner myclimate, we support climate protection projects that meet the highest standards (CDM, Gold Standard, Plan Vivo) and thus contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Just like the collaboration with WiN = WiN Fair Stone, this is based on a voluntary basis. Other retailers invent their own labels without having them checked by independent testing bodies.

compensation for the CO2 caused during transport with the help of myclimate
Karlsruhe, market square with belgrano® natural stone floor coverings, paving stones, water feature and floor slabs made of granite, granodiorite, quartz diorite, gneiss and gabbro

fountain field on the newly designed market square in Karlsruhe

create uniform standards for everyone

 

Unfortunately, the public sector often does not take it as seriously as it is often portrayed externally. That is not good for the matter and it shifts competition. We therefore advocate binding regulations at the national, or even better, at the European level in order to create clear competitive conditions.

At BESCO, we are actively involved in public discourse to ensure that fair trade conditions and CO₂ compensation are prescribed for all natural stone imports. Only in this way can we as a society reconcile sustainability, social justice and economic development.

We see cooperation with non-profit organizations as the most efficient and transparent way of organizing our value chain in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

aerial view of Markt Erlbach pedestrian zone - with belgrano® natural stone floor coverings, water feature and paving stones made of gabbro, granite and granodiorite