Already a tradition at AmCham Belgium, the AmChampion Awards recognize the member companies within our community that have been most engaged with the Chamber over the past year.
To select the 2021 award nominees, we assessed our members’ engagement from August 2020 to September 2021. We have taken into account numerous engagement touchpoints to reflect our diverse membership base and the different ways in which companies can engage with and contribute to the Chamber.
- Event participation;
- Event partnerships through sponsorships or knowledge contributions;
- Committee memberships and participation;
- Participation in outreach meetings with policymakers;
- Leadership in writing position papers;
- Knowledge-sharing through our blog, newsletter and other publications;
- Interaction with our digital communications;
- Financial contribution through membership and sponsorships.
As every year, we will be awarding two member companies with the AmChampion ‘21 title: one small company (less than 100 employees in Belgium) and one large company (more than 100 employees in Belgium).
The 2021 AmChampion Award winners will be announced at the beginning of next year, during our New Year’s event, which will be a fantastic opportunity to raise a glass to new beginnings and look towards the future with our community.
Today, we are excited to introduce the six AmChampion Award nominees (three per category), member companies that have been participating in many of our activities over the past year and have made the most of their AmCham Belgium membership.
AmChampion Award for Small Companies
Congratulations to AKD, Möbius Business Redesign and Vandendijk & Partners Avocats - Advocaten for their nomination!
AKD Benelux Lawyers
Through top-notch quality, a pragmatic client-oriented approach and a fair balance of price, quality and service, AKD Benelux Lawyers – the new name of a long-standing Dutch business law firm – is gradually gaining ground on the Belgian legal market.
Shortly after opening its Belgian business law practice in 2019, AKD Benelux Lawyers committed to being a loyal member of AmCham Belgium and got actively involved in the important work of our Legal & Taxation Committee.
Werner Heyvaert, Partner at AKD, is one of the Committee’s Vice-Chairs and a member of many of its Subcommittees. Werner has served as a volunteer leader for many years now and, together with other Committee leaders and members, has been working tirelessly to solidify AmCham Belgium’s voice in the public debate. Over the past months, Werner has participated in several meetings with policymakers and led the way in drafting two position papers for the Chamber. Alongside Werner, several other AKD colleagues are engaged with our Legal Subcommittee.
Möbius Business Redesign
Möbius is a management consulting company that supports organizations in designing and implementing sustainable business solutions at strategic moments throughout their lifecycle.
Möbius has been an AmCham Belgium member since 2018 and has especially contributed to the Chamber’s healthcare initiatives through their membership of our Innovative Healthcare Committee and its Real World Data Subcommittee. As a Year of Healthcare partner, Möbius actively participated in the many events and other activities organized throughout the Year.
The experts at Möbius are active in different sectors (government and health institutions, industrial and service companies) and cover a wide range of expertise, which they’ve been sharing with our community during events and through our blog.
We are proud to continue our contribution as a partner by sharing the knowledge of our experts with the AmCham community.
Vandendijk & Partners Avocats - Advocaten
Vandendijk & Partners is a niche law firm specialized in domestic and international tax matters. Having gained experience with international law firms of the highest caliber, the lawyers at Vandendijk & Partners are committed to responding to the two key demands of their clients: access to the best tax advice in all situations and jurisdictions and an efficient and seamless service.
An De Reymaeker, Tax Lawyer and Partner at the firm, is well-known within our community. She is a Vice-Chair of our Legal & Taxation Committee and the Chair of its Employee Tax Subcommittee. In fulfilling these roles, An has many times been the Chamber’s spokesperson in meetings with policymakers and has held the pen on two position papers over the last months.
She has also supported AmCham in communicating about the complex topic of employee taxation in Belgium to our broader community and has been a regular attendee at our events.
While many law firms are drawn to the general trend of globalization, we remain committed to our own particular, international strategy, being a focused Belgian tax law firm of the highest quality with the ability and experience to advise on complex international transactions and situations.
AmChampion Award for Large Companies
Congratulations to Deloitte, Janssen Pharmaceutica and PwC Belgium for their nomination!
A leading audit and consulting practice in Belgium, Deloitte has more than 5,100 employees in 11 locations across the country, serving national and international companies, from small and medium-sized enterprises, to public sector and non-profit organizations.
Deloitte has been a member of AmCham Belgium for almost 65 years and one of our Strategic Sponsors since 2008.
As a purpose-led organization, Deloitte aims to make a positive impact on their people, clients and society, and they have certainly achieved this mission at AmCham. They support us in creating a positive investment climate in Belgium. Deloitte is represented in our Board of Directors, all of our policy-focused Committees as well as our Young Professionals Committee.
Our Purpose statement is a clear and compelling declaration of why we exist: “To make an impact that matters.” It informs our business decisions, guides our operational strategies and steers our activities as corporate citizens.
A Strategic Sponsor of the Chamber, Janssen Pharmaceutica has been part of our community for nearly 40 years, and our partnership has grown only stronger since then. This is their third nomination for the AmChampion Award!
Janssen representatives and other colleagues from the Johnson & Johnson family have been actively engaging in almost all of the Chamber’s Committees – a testament to our shared goal of making Belgium more attractive for foreign investment.
As one of the Premium Partners for our Year of Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson was a key contributor to the program of the Year. In 2021, we co-created one of the events under this umbrella where we discussed the concept of value-based healthcare.
At Janssen, we’re creating a future where disease is a thing of the past. We’re the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, working tirelessly to make that future a reality for patients everywhere by fighting sickness with science, improving access with ingenuity and healing hopelessness with heart. We focus on areas of medicine where we can make the biggest difference: Cardiovascular & Metabolism, Immunology, Infectious Diseases & Vaccines, Neuroscience, Oncology and Pulmonary Hypertension.
PwC’s purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. They are a network of firms in 155 countries with more than 284,000 people who are committed to delivering quality assurance, advisory and tax services.
PwC has been involved in AmCham’s Legal & Taxation Committee and its Subcommittees, our Innovative Healthcare and Young Professionals Committees. Alongside their participation in some of the Chamber’s delegation meetings and our events, PwC have shared their insights on what is fueling the workforce of the future with our community.
Our approach embodies who we are: a community of solvers coming together in unexpected ways to deliver outcomes for organizations, their customers, stakeholders and communities, which make a positive and enduring impact right across the value chain. And our formula is simple: we deliver bold ideas, solutions which are human-led and tech-powered and meaningful experiences which deliver real-life results.
Congratulations to all the AmChampion Award nominees, and thank you for your engagement!
Are you curious to find out who the AmChampions ‘21 will be? Keep an eye out for more details on our New Year event!