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​​​"Supporting social innovations for employment"

​​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 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 created in 2008 operating as a Public Interest Foundation and is now one of the largest foundations in Belgium. During its first ten years, we have assisted 30 innovative projects related to education and entrepreneurship.

The 10th anniversary of the Foundation in 2018 was the opportunity to review our strategy and innovate in the way we support innovative solutions for employment. These solutions can focus on developing skills for the future, contributing to job creation by supporting entrepreneurship and helping those with a more difficult access to jobs. We focus on  solutions that provide skills, entrepreneurship, and job market support.

The DPF Award will celebrate and support:

1 new Laureate per year

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

2 new runners-up per year
• One shot 50k€ grant 
• Non-financial support and networking opportunities

​Our Impact Model & Programmatic Priorities​

Our vision

We believe in a sustainable, inclusive society, where everyone has a chance to thrive through a quality job.

Our mission

We support social entrepreneurs and innovators scaling their solutions for employment.

​​Where to play?​​​

The Foundation is working with social entrepreneurs and innovators coming with solutions that benefit employment and the prosperity. Winning solutions are surfaced through a highly competitive 5-stage selection process:

  • Nomination of candidates by a network of professional nominators
  • Online preselection
  • Remote due diligence
  • Field visit
  • Final selection by an independent jury

Basic selection criteria:
  • Innovation: an outstanding solution with the potential to reach systemic change
  • Geography: impact in Belgium, France and/or Luxembourg
  • Scope: Skills, Entrepreneurship, Job accessibility
  • Maturity: Project with a first 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.

3.1 Mio people unemployed in the countries we are active in
(Belgium, France, Luxembourg)
16 Mio  people unemployed in Europe

173 Mio people unemployed globally
(ILO, 2019)

​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; customized and qualifying 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; vocational  training, mentorship, collaboration & innovation support, promoting and upgrading the status of entrepreneurs, reducing social and financial risks.

  • Bringing together talent and jobs: Strive for a more inclusive employment market by matching talents 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.

Winner of DPF Award 2020

Bayes Impact is a French NGO that favors technology to tackle social issues. Among the various problems our society is struggling with, Bayes Impact focuses on facilitating access to employment. How? By means of its public service called "Bob", a free and open source tool relying on artificial intelligence and powerful algorithms to help people find a job in a personalized manner.

Winner of DPF Award 2019

DUO for a JOB pairs young job-seekers having a migrant background with experienced workers (50 years and older) who can assist them in finding a job. The non-profit organization serves both young people and potential counselors. It was founded in Brussels in 2013, and is now active in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent  and Liège. The objective of this partnership is to help the organization to expand its activities throughout Europe, starting in France.

​​Board members

Xavier Van Campenhout
Degroof Petercam Foundation

Bruno Colmant
Board Member
Degroof Petercam Foundation

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

Marie Melikov
Board Member
Degroof Petercam Foundation
Estate planning & Philanthropy International Desk

Etienne Denoël
Board Member
Degroof Petercam Foundation
CEO, NGO Agir pour l'enseignement

Yvette Verleisdonk
Board Member
Degroof Petercam Foundation
Partner, Curia Advocaten

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