The AmChampion Awards, now in their sixth 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, we present an award to one company in each of the following three respective categories: small (under 50 employees in Belgium), medium (between 50 and 250 employees) and large (over 500 employees).
We measured our members’ engagement from August 2022 to September 2023 to arrive at the shortlist of AmChampion ’23 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 2023 AmChampion Award winners will be announced on January 25 at our New Year’s Reception, which will be a fantastic opportunity to look towards the future with our community.
Today, we are excited to introduce the nine AmChampion Award nominees (three per category), 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 Gilead Sciences, Odgers Berndston and Van Olmen & Wynant for their nomination!
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. Christophe Van Elewyck, Associate Director Public and Government Affairs, is Vice-Chair of our Government Relations Forum, our key policy advisory group. Christophe’s colleagues also take part in our Innovative Healthcare Committee as well as our Human Capital & Talent 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, Managing 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.
Van Olmen & Wynant
Van Olmen & Wynant is a medium-sized independent law firm, excelling in corporate law (including commercial law) and employment law (including civil servants’ law). Based in Brussels, this firm of approximately 40 lawyers enjoys outstanding international contacts.
Van Olmen & Wynant has contributed extensively to the AmCham community, being a supportive member for decades. Gautier Busschaert is an established name in the field of employment law and shares his profound knowledge with fellow members on a regular basis. Immanuel Claessens has a broad experience in all aspects of corporate law and foreign direct investments and is an active member of the Young Professionals Committee.
AmChampion Award for Medium Companies
Congratulations to Greenomy, Linklaters and MSD for their nomination!
Greenomy stands at the forefront of ESG reporting solutions, providing global corporations with a seamless pathway to compliance with key frameworks including CSRD, EU Taxonomy, GRI, ISSB, and more. Leveraging our cutting-edge SaaS portal, Greenomy unifies complex regulatory demands into a coherent data model, fortified by ESG data libraries and the power of Generative AI. This integration empowers organizations to simplify the creation of comprehensive sustainability reports, allowing ESG teams to focus on driving impactful transformations.
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.
MSD is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. MSD is a tradename of Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ., U.S.A. Through their prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and consumer care and animal health products, they work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. They also demonstrate their commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships.
Jean-Yves Daxhelet, Policy & Communications Lead, is Chair of our Communications Committee, helping us maintain, protect & promote AmCham Belgium’s brand and visibility, so that the Chamber continues to be the authoritative voice of the international business community in Belgium. He and his colleague are also active in our Innovative Healthcare Committee.
AmChampion Award for Large Companies
Congratulations to PwC Belgium, SD Worx and UCB for their nomination!
At PwC, their purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. They’re a network of firms in 151 countries with more than 364,000 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.
PwC, a Group Patron member and Diamond Sponsor, is represented on our Board of Directors and no less than four other committees, including our Sustainability & Innovation Committee, of which Alexis De Méyère, Tax Director, serves as Vice-Chair.
As a leading European provider of integrated HR solutions, SD Worx turns HR into a source of value for their customers’ business and the people that work for them. SD Worx delivers HR solutions across the entire employee lifecycle, from paying employees to attracting, employing, rewarding and developing the talent who make businesses succeed. SD Worx powers performance through four core capabilities: software, outsourcing, consultancy and data-driven insights.
SD Worx is the trusted leading European provider of end-to-end HR solutions for all organisations and workers. More than 84,000 small and large organisations across Europe place their trust in the company and its +75 years' worth of experience. SD Worx calculates the salaries of approximately 5.2 million employees and ranks among the top five worldwide.
UCB’s ambition is to transform the lives of people living with severe diseases, allowing them to live the best life that they can – as free as possible from the challenges and uncertainty of disease. That commitment comes to life in their research and development activities across neurology, immunology and other areas where their expertise, innovation and ambition align with unmet needs.
UCB is continuously working to advance science and embrace new knowledge, bringing passion and leadership to solving the challenges that matter to people living with severe diseases. Theyare leveraging scientific advances and new technologies in areas including genetics, biomarkers and human biology. Continually inspired by those they serve to bring differentiated solutions with unique outcomes that deliver tangible, positive impacts.
UCB employees are active in a whopping five of our committees: the Communications Committee, Government Relations Forum, Innovative Healthcare Committee, Sustainability & Innovation Committee as well as our Young Professionals Committee.