PARTNERSHIPS & CERTIFICATIONS
Joining forces for meaningful change
At Materialise, we believe partnerships are critical to making a meaningful difference. Significant change can’t be made in isolation, and we collaborate with numerous organizations around the globe to achieve our sustainability objectives.
A spin-off of the Benin Summer School, an initiative Materialise and the charity Hubi & Vinciane created to offer mentorship to young West African entrepreneurs, African Drive aims to create positive economic and social impact in countries with poor global infrastructure and few formal economic activities. Materialise provides expertise, as well as technological and financial support to African Drive projects.
Not long after the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA) launched in 2019, Materialise joined as a participating member. The AMGTA is a non-commercial, unaffiliated organization open to any additive manufacturer or industry stakeholder that meets certain criteria relating to sustainability of production or process, and aims to promote the environmental benefits of AM over traditional methods of manufacturing.
In 2020, Materialise began its journey towards B Corp certification with two in-house B Leaders. After completing the initial prescreen process, we changed our company Articles of Association to lock our company mission and ensure all stakeholders are considered. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.
Recognizing that organizations have a major role to play in addressing the climate crisis, Materialise was among the first to join the Belgian Alliance for Climate Action (BACA). Formed by WWF and The Shift, BACA serves as a platform and support for companies that are serious about their climate ambitions and champions the setting of 'science-based' targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In 2019, Materialise began collaborating with strategic partner BASF on sustainability focused research, specifically Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs). In addition to being the world’s largest chemical producer, BASF is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability.
The official charity of choice of Materialise, Hubi & Vinciane partnered with Materialise to create the Benin Summer School project which provides mentorship to young West African entrepreneurs, university scholarships, and support for initiatives that stimulate the local economy and social progress.
Materialise has a long-standing relationship with KU Leuven, including collaborating on numerous projects such as our first Carbon Footprint Assessments. KU Leuven is the largest university in Benelux.
Materialise is a supporting member of Leuven 2030. Leuven 2030 is a non-profit organization focused on creating a climate-neutral future for the city of Leuven, Belgium where Materialise HQ is located. With similar ambitions, we regularly work together, sharing knowledge and serving as sparring partners.
Materialise has been a member of The Shift since 2017. Originally the local chapter of the UN Global Compact, The Shift today is the Belgian meeting point for sustainability, and in collaboration with its members and partners, aims to bring about the transition towards a more sustainable society and economy.
In 2021, for the second year in a row, Materialise became one of only 73 companies in Belgium to attain ‘Top Employer’ certification, awarded by the Top Employers Institute. The Top Employers Institute is considered the global authority on recognizing excellence in people practices.