A-kwadraat is a social enterprise that offers work to more than 500 people with a distance to the labour market. We emphasize their capabilities and capacities. That emphasis on the positive is translated into solution-oriented thinking and acting in everything we do. Quality, safety and speed are an essential part of that. And you can count on us: a promise is a promise.
The mission - our reason for existance - is:
A-kwadraat provides work for people with a distance to the labour market. We stimulate our employees to 'upflow' and pay special attention to permanent education and training.
We want to offer more that just work. We want to make people resilient, develop their talents and encourage them to take steps in the participation ladder, for example through continuous training and education. By 'upflow' we mean both internal and external throughflow. To other more challenging jobs in our own company or to the regular economic circuit.
The vision of A-kwadraat, the answer to the question ‘What do we want to be’, is:
A-kwadraat want to be an inclusive organization that works in a sustainable and innovate way.
An inclusive society means that everybody can participate in an equal and full way. Sustainability is part of our identity. It determines our relationship with employees, the design of our organization, our relationship with partners and our social role. We apply innovation in our personnel processes, in the way we organize ourselves internally, but also in our attitude towards customers. We look at every new question - no matter how strange - with an open mind. In this way we strive together for a suitable solution.
We went through a process with our employees around the question: ‘What do we believe in’. The result is a layered model that results from the mission and vision of our organization and does justice to the complexity of an organization culture.
Our belief is:
We want everyone to be able to participate and offer a suitable enviroment for all employees, where we work together constructively. Everyone has their own value. By feeling included and understood, people can thrive with A-kwadraat. This way we create added value and we go for inclusion. Within our company, with customers and in society.
We summarize the behavior that follows from this belief as follows:
I dare do.
I help you.
We appreciate each other.
We solve it.
Since our foundation we intertwine the social, economic and ecologic aspects of entrepreneurship to an elegant whole. Corporate Social Responsability (CSR) is an integral part of operations. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations are the framework within which we want to work. For A-kwadraat four objectives are priority. They are at the heart of what we do. Namely:
SDG 1: No poverty
SDG 4: Quality education
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
Every year since 2010 we have obtained the Voka Charter Duurzaam Ondernemen (VCDO). In concrete terms, this means that we set up ten to twenty actions annually to strenghten the sustainable character of A-kwadraat.
In 2020 we also receive the Unitar-SDG pioneer certificate. This internationally recognized certificate, linked to the United Nations, is awarded to organizations that have completed an action in each of the 17 SDGs and have had three successful entries. A-kwadraat is among the first Belgian companies to succeed in this.
In the future, we also have the ambition to continue to improve annually in the various areas of action.
A-kwadraat was formed in 2019 after the merger of social profit companies Amival and Alito, hence the name A-kwadraat or A-squared.
From a house in the beguinage of Turnhout, Amival grew into a thriving sheltered workshop. Since 1964, we have been combining social, economic, societal and ecological aspects of entrepreneurship into an elegant whole. Amival evolved into a modern social enterprise that carries out activities for a broad client portfolio: from one-man businesses to multinationals in different sectors.
Alito was launched in 1986, under the impulse of VKW Kempen and VIBO de Ring. The objective: creating sustainable employment for former pupils of special needs education schools. For 25 years, woodworking was the main focus. Since the start of this century, green maintenance has become a secondary field. Alito has focused on international customers for its wood products and on a strong local presence in the provinces of Antwerp and Limburg for green maintenance.