The AmChampion Awards, now in their fifth edition, recognize the AmCham Belgium member companies which have been most engaged with the Chamber over the past year.
To reflect our diverse membership base, this year we are introducing a third category: in addition to the existing awards for small and large companies, we will also name an AmChampion for medium-sized companies, with between 50 and 250 employees in Belgium.
We measured our members’ engagement from August 2021 to September 2022 to arrive at the shortlist of AmChampion ’22 nominees. Our assessment takes into account the many 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.
The 2022 AmChampion Award winners will be announced in January at our New Year’s Reception, 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 nine 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, Gilead Sciences and Odgers Berndtson for their nomination!
AKD Brussels is a medium-size business law firm, established in January 2019. The Belgian business law practice has doubled in size since 2019, and it has the ambition to expand further through organic growth and lateral hires. Among the firm’s clients are domestic business clients, public sector clients and international clients doing business in Belgium (and/or the Netherlands or Luxembourg). Among its international clients are several large multinational corporations including many Fortune 500 companies.
Werner Heyvaert, Partner at AKD, is Vice-Chair of our Legal & Taxation Committee, and he has contributed to many of our advocacy initiatives over the past year. Werner and his colleagues also participate in many of the LTC’s Subcommittees.
Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has achieved breakthroughs in medicine for over 30 years, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. Gilead has worked to bring forward medicines for life-threatening diseases and tackle viruses such as HIV, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and COVID-19, while continuing to focus on cancer and inflammatory diseases. Together with their partners, Gilead wants to continue the path to cure and give patients access.
Gilead Sciences increased their commitment to AmCham Belgium in 2022 by joining our Strategic Sponsorship as a Gold Sponsor. Company representatives participate in our Government Relations Forum, Human Capital & Talent Committee and Innovative Healthcare Committee.
For over 50 years, Odgers Berndtson has helped organizations all over the world and here in Belgium find the best leaders to drive their transformational agendas. They are a global executive search, talent assessment and leadership development firm. They transform clients’ performance and candidates lives by building outstanding leadership teams. They form strong relationships with talented people, clients seeking to find them, and between their own teams who connect them together.
David Webber, Partner at Odgers Berndtson, is Chair of our Human Capital & Talent Committee, where he leads our efforts to make Belgium a more attractive location to hire, retain and grow talent.
AmChampion Award for Medium Companies
Congratulations to Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb and Linklaters LLP for their nomination!
Amgen is committed to unlocking the potential of biology for patients suffering from serious illnesses by discovering, developing, manufacturing and delivering innovative human therapeutics. Amgen focuses on areas of high unmet medical need and leverages its expertise to strive for solutions that dramatically improve people’s lives. A biotechnology pioneer since 1980, Amgen has grown to be one of the world’s leading independent biotechnology companies and is developing a pipeline of medicines with breakaway potential.
Tijs Neutens and Koen Raeymaekers, of Amgen, together lead our Personalized Healthcare Subcommittee, which this Spring successfully organized a three-part event series. Amgen has also supported our work on integrated care.
Bristol Myers Squibb
Bristol Myers Squibb’s mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail over serious diseases in oncology, hematology, immunology and cardiovascular diseases. They aim to transform patients’ lives through science in collaboration with healthcare professionals, patients and the community.
With more than 120 lawyers in Belgium, Linklaters offers unrivalled depth and breadth. They have specialists for all the legal needs that arise for the corporations, financial institutions and governments they advise. The Belgian team is closely integrated within the global platform. It provides access to insights and developments across the globe and integrated legal expertise.
AmChampion Award for Large Companies
Congratulations to Deloitte, Procter & Gamble and PwC Belgium for their nomination!
A leading audit and consulting practice in Belgium, Deloitte offers value added services in audit, accounting, tax and legal, consulting, financial advisory services and risk advisory services.
In Belgium, Deloitte has more than 6,000 employees serving national and international companies, from small and middle-sized enterprises, to public sector and non-profit organizations.
Their purpose statement, “to make an impact that matters,” informs their business decisions, guides their operational strategies, and steers their activities as corporate citizens.
Procter & Gamble
Procter & Gamble (P&G) is an American multinational consumer goods company specialized in a wide range of personal care and hygiene A-brand products. Nowadays, the Brussels Innovation Center (B.I.C.) employs over 1,000 employees of which more than 600 scientists and engineers. B.I.C. is where Fabric and Home Care products are designed and developed for the global market. In addition, the P&G plant in Mechelen produces automatic dishwasher tablets that are distributed across the world.
At PwC, their purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. They’re a network of firms in 152 countries with more than 328,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. They’re a community of solvers, and they combine human ingenuity, experience and technology innovation to deliver sustained outcomes and build trust.