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​​​"Supporting the Makers of tomorrow's employment solutions"

​​Why a foundation?​

Ever since 1871, when Bank Degroof Petercam (DP) was founded, it has upheld a commitment to its clients and employees, but also to creating an all-inclusive society in which all people have a chance to thrive. Privilege comes with a responsibility to those who are at risk of being left behind. 

The Degroof Petercam Foundation (DPF) was created ten years ago with the intention of helping fellow citizens who are not in a position to do so themselves, take ownership over their lives and futures. We believe that it is not the size of our company that makes us great, but our humane values and expertise.

The Foundation was founded in 2008. Operating as a Public Interest Foundation, we have assisted 30 innovative projects on their path to scale, reaching over 1000  people in search for employment and professional growth. We focus on  solutions that provide skills, entrepreneurship, and job market support.

The DPF Maker Award will celebrate and support:

  • - 1 new Laureate per year
  • - 1 Million € commitment
  • - 5 years of support
  • - 300 hours of non-financial support & networking opportunities

​Our Impact Model & Programmatic Priorities​

Our vision

We believe in a sustainable, all-inclusive society, where everyone has a chance to thrive.

Our mission

We support the Makers of tomorrow's employment solutions on their path to scale.

​​Where to play?​​​

The Foundation is working with leaders (a.k.a "Makers") that are scaling solutions providing support to un(der)employment.

Winning solutions are surfaced through a highly competitive 4-stage "DPF Maker Award" selection process:

  • Nomination
  • Online selection
  • Field visit
  • Jury


Basic selection criteria:

  • Geography: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland
  • Scope: Skills, Entrepreneurship, Job accessibility
  • Maturity: Project with a proven impact and the ambition to scale-up


The Foundation does not accept spontaneous applications. Potential candidates to the Foundation's support will be contacted proactively by the Foundation.
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Netmentora’s entrepreneurs being challenged on their project.

​8.5 Mio people unemployed in the countries we are active in
(Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Spain and Switzerland)
19 Mio people unemployed in Europe


200 Mio people unemployed globally
(ILO, 2017)

​The change we want to see​

We distinguish three types of interventions which can help address unemployment challenges, and we have studied the applicability of each solution by age group:

  • Skill-building: Develop skills that fit the needs of the labor market – before and during employment.
    Solutions include: formal training, customized education, re-skill programs, experiential learning, co-created curricula, standards & certifications, lifelong learning.
  • Fostering entrepreneurship: Stimulate entrepreneurship & self-employment as powerful levers for economic growth.
    Solutions include: formal education, vocational training, mentorship, collaboration & innovation support, visibility & recognition, financing & loan accommodation.
  • Bringing together talent and jobs: Align talent to, and match with, market demands.
    Solutions include: career guidance, job search support, provision of job market information/closing of information gaps, (specialized) placement support, training, flexible working models.

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Picture: DP colleagues coaching BeCode students.

​What success looks like​

We make ‘big bets’ on a selected set of employment solutions which, we believe, have the potential to truly move the needle in our footprint markets.
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Picture : Tada’s student discovering opportunities for its future.

​​Board members

Xavier Van Campenhout
Chairman
Degroof Petercam Foundation

Philippe Masset
Board Member
Degroof Petercam Foundation
CEO Degroof Petercam

Jean-Marc Verbist
Board Member
Degroof Petercam Foundation
Head Group Chief HR Officer

Anouk Schouppe
Board Member
Degroof Petercam Foundation
Senior Private Banker

Silvia Steisel
Managing Director
Degroof Petercam Foundation
Head of Philanthropy Degroof Petercam