Beter Bed Holding

GRI INDEX 2014

Organisational profile

G4-3
Name of the organisation.

Beter Bed Holding N.V.







G4-4
Primary brands, products, and services.

Beter Bed Holding N.V. operates in the European bedroom furnishings market. Its activities include retail trade through a total of 1,127 stores at the end of 2014 that operate via the chains:

  • Matratzen Concord

  • Beter Bed

  • Beddenreus

  • El Gigante del Colchón

Beter Bed Holding is also active in the field of developing and wholesaling branded products in the bedroom furnishing sector via its subsidiary DBC International.


G4-5
Location of the organisation’s headquarters.

Linie 27
5405 AR Uden
The Netherlands
T +31 413 338 819
E bbholding@beterbed.nl




G4-6
The number of countries where the organisation operates, and names of countries where either the organisation has significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report.

Countries

Formulas

Germany

Matratzen Concord, DBC International

The Netherlands

Beter Bed, Beddenreus, DBC International

Switzerland

Matratzen Concord, DBC International

Austria

Matratzen Concord, DBC International

Spain

El Gigante del Colchón, DBC International

Belgium

Beter Bed, DBC International

The section Facts and Figures includes the tables number of stores per formula and number of stores per country.


G4-7
Ownership and legal form.

N.V.

A detailed description is available in the Annual Report in the section Share information.




G4-8
Markets served.

Including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers and beneficiaries.

A detailed description is available in the Annual Report in the section Report of the management board, in chapter Formulas.




G4-9
Scale of the organisation.

The Key figures are reported in the Annual Report.







G4-10
Employment within the organisation.

Total number of employees by employment contract and gender (at year-end):

Employment (employees)

Male

Female

Total

Full-time

469

270

739

Part-time

327

1,907

2.234

Total employees

796

2,177

2,973

Employment (employees)

Male

Female

Total

Fixed contract

624

1,742

2,366

Temporary contract

172

435

607

Total employees

796

2,177

2,973

Supervised workers

Not reported

Total number of employees by country (at year-end):

Male

Female

Totaal

Germany

346

1,642

1,988

The Netherlands

384

295

679

Austria

14

128

142

Switzerland

29

75

104

Spain

20

31

51

Belgium

3

6

9

Total employees

796

2,177

2,973

G4-11
Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.

Not reported.






G4-12
Organisation’s supply chain.

Almost all of Beter Bed Holding’s suppliers operate in Western Europe. The organisation will report more information on the chain in the next year.






G4-13
Significant changes during the reporting period regarding the organisation’s size, structure, ownership, or its supply chain.

A review of a number of retail formulas was carried out in 2013, further to which a formal decision was taken at the start of 2014 to close the formulas Slaapgenoten and Matrassen Concord Netherlands and Belgium. In addition, the Beter Bed formula was reviewed in the latter part of the year, and made more contemporaneous on the basis of a new marketing strategy. This process is completed in 2014. A similar approach is applied to Beddenreus and Matratzen Concord in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 2014.

A detailed description of the size and development of the organisation is available in the Annual Report in the section Report of the Management Board.


G4-14
Precautionary approach or principle addressed by the organisation.

Materials that are not permitted to be used under European standards and regulations are not allowed to be used in products sold by Beter Bed Holding. If and as soon as a material has been found not to comply with European standards and regulations, suppliers are required to discontinue its use, after which the organisation will enter into consultation with the supplier to jointly and actively seek better alternatives.

Goods production by suppliers is required to comply with REACH requirements. A feature of REACH is that if an action is taken or set to be taken for which there are strong indications of serious environmental effects, measures are required to follow even if there is still scientific uncertainty.


G4-15
Externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organisation subscribes or which it endorses.


G4-16
Memberships of associations (such as industry associations) and national or international advocacy organisations.

Beter Bed Holding is affiliated with Industry association INretail and a member of the Dutch Retail Sector Council (Raad Nederlandse Detailhandel).





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