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BFW digitaal 2019/6

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    This is the introductory speech given by Jean Hilgers at the Belgian Financial Forum Colloquium “Gender in finance: why diversity matters” in Brussels on June 17, 2019

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    The topic of gender diversity, and of diversity and inclusion in general, is not new, on the contrary. Today, even more than before, it continues to be very pertinent and important.
    But why?
    In my experience, the topic of inclusive leadership and diversity has gained in importance because the challenges facing the financial sector can be best addressed by balanced and diverse teams.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    Interview with Alexander De Croo, key-note speaker at the Belgian Financial Forum colloquium “Gender in finance; why diversity matters” in Brussels on June 17, 2019.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    Interview with Dirk Van Gerven, key-note speaker at the Belgian Financial Forum colloquium “Gender in finance: why diversity matters” in Brussels on June 17, 2019.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    In most European countries, women represent around fifty percent of all bank employees. This is surprising for most people, as the banking world, at the same time, still has a very masculine image. And indeed, when looking at the gender mix at the different hierarchical levels, we see that at Senior Management level less than 20% are women. Still, a large part of the financial world, especially in Belgium, did not yet act significantly to improve gender balance. It is to help implement this change that Women in Finance was launched, a year ago.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    With the launch of "Women in Finance", Belgium is finally acquiring an instrument to raise awareness about the strategic importance of corporate gender equality in the financial sector for its performance, as well as for the country's economic health and for the building of a more egalitarian society. Financial institutions are at the heart of the capitalist system. Their sustainability and sense of responsibility are two essential factors in the well-being of our community.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    Interview with Marcia De wachter, panel member at the Belgian Financial Forum colloquium “Gender in finance: why diversity matters” in Brussels on June 17, 2019.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    The fact that gender diversity in companies is clearly on today’s business agenda is as pleasing as it is encouraging. Over the past three years, countless consultancies have researched the benefits of gender diversity, many opinion leaders have published ‘open letters’ on the topic and various industry groups have launched ‘charter’ to commit to it.
    Now that this all-important topic is on the radar, time has come to walk the talk.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    We have noticed that extra financial criteria like environmental and social issues can make the difference in your valuation process. Next to climate change we see a huge impact of the social criteria like ‘diversity and gender equality’.

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    In 1972, the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) began buying works of art from living artists of the Belgian art scene. The NBB has always been assisted in this policy by external advisors – curators, art critics, … - who have helped to translate the original purchasing decision into a collection in the full sense of the word, comprising about 2,000 pieces today. The large majority of the works hang in the NBB’s offices and meeting rooms. In line with this internal objective, the curators have made important internal communication efforts around the collection, through the staff magazine, intranet, artist talks, … They have also commissioned many site-specific works. The art collection of the NBB has never been considered a financial investment (the works may not be sold), but rather an expression of the institution’s corporate social responsibility. This is one of the reasons why the NBB in 2019 organised the first exhibition of part of its art collection (together with works from the collection of the Deutsche Bundesbank), as a first step towards a regular presentation to the public.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    In today’s environment, corporate art collections are seen as complementing museums. Both types of institutions manage cultural heritage and contemporary creation. Corporations are increasingly aware of their contribution and responsibility to, as well as
    reliance upon society, in terms of sustainability, corporate citizenship, customers and stakeholders engagement. This is driving the opening up of collections to a wider public. Drawing on deep experience at the European Investment Bank and as Board Member of
    IACCCA, Delphine Munro provides a broad perspective on the rationale for sharing a corporate collection.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    Arts and banking often seem worlds apart. ING, however, has been a passionate supporter of the arts for a long time. Art is an inextricable part of ING and is strongly embedded in ING’s identity: innovative, enterprising and modern, with a focus on progress and sustainability.

  • Maandag 28/10/2019

    The Belfius Art Collection includes some 4,300 objects of Belgian art within three sections: Flemish masters of the 16th and 17th centuries, Modern art from 1860 to 1960, and contemporary art from 1960 through to the present day. Every year, a new selection of some 60 works of the collection are presented in the Belfius Art Gallery in a thematic exhibition. Belfius’ support to Belgian art is also expressed by the loans of works from the art collection to Belgian museums, as well as through the purchase of works by young Belgian talents.