Migration, climate change, an ageing population, scarcity of raw materials, poverty… Not just countries and governments are being confronted with these phenomena, but companies also have to decide whether they endure or take on these challenges. With Belgian chambers of commerce, we already took this decision a number of years ago: we wish to stimulate innovation and view these challenges as opportunities.
Opportunities for making companies efficient, for tackling social problems, for creating new business opportunities. This is possible if we abandon the short-term thinking and do business sustainably, in the long term, with attention to the world around us. As chambers, our aim is to assist companies with this.
On 27/09/2015, the United Nations established 17 development objectives for a sustainable development of the world up to 2030.
CIFAL Flanders - Federal Institute for Sustainable Development (FISD) - MVO Vlaanderen
All Belgian chambers of commerce have clearly endorsed corporate social responsibility (CSR).
From the outset, chambers have opted for viewing CSR and sustainable enterprise as a strategic approach for companies and organisations to approach social challenges positively.
Successful enterprises of the future will demonstrate that they are able to generate profit by having a positive impact on society.
Care for the environment is one of the three CSR pillars. Within this pillar most attention is without a doubt given to energy, since the most profit is to be gained in this field, both through direct savings and by investments in energy efficient devices and infrastructure.