The Global Compact Network Belgium was established on October 15, 2009, with the support of the Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs and has 75 Members. The Network and UNDP organized the first European Regional Global Compact Network Conference in Brussels which resulted in the signing of a Declaration of Intent - "Alignment and knowledge sharing across Europe". The Network was also awarded 'Most communicative and collaborative Network 2011' by the Global Compact Office and Local Networks for the exemplary role played in the promotion of inter-network collaboration and communication.
In 2012, the Belgian Children's Rights and Business Principles Forum was launched. with great support of Her Majesty the Queen of Belgium, the Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs Mr. Didier Reynders.
During the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 - "Architects of a Better World", the Network played a lead role in advocating the promotion and the respect of children's rights by the business world. A side event was organized in close cooperation with UNICEF, the UN Global Compact, and the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the United Nations. This forum has taken international leadership on the role that companies, government, academics and civil society can play in promoting children's rights and in applying them in their policies, strategies and activities in Belgium and abroad.
In 2013, at the occasion of the Belgian economic mission to India, the Global Compact Network Belgium also reached out to the Global Compact Network India and together organized a high-level session on building the business case for CSR.
The focus in 2014 will be on partnerships related to the post-2015 agenda, human rights and children's rights, cross-sectorial supply chain best practices, driving innovation and sustainability throughout the value chain, and guidance on COP reporting.
Network Contact Person
AW Annemie Wittockx
Mr. Wouter De Geest
Participation in the Global Compact does not necessarily reflect participation in the Global Compact Local Network.
Accepted on 22 January, 2014