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Vanbreda Risk & Benefits wins Deloitte’s lifetime achievement award

Press
28.05.2024

For the seventh year running, Vanbreda Risk & Benefits has earned the right to call itself a Best Managed Company. As a result, the organisation has won a Platinum Label – the lifetime achievement award handed out by Deloitte Private, KU Leuven and Econopolis. CEO Pedro Matthynssens: ‘We’re delighted with this award. Thanks to the intensive process of recent years, we have a lot of confidence that we’ll continue innovating and growing sustainably.’

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EcoVadis ranks Vanbreda among the front-runners in its sustainability assessment: A useful look in the mirror – more than just a one-off exercise’

Company news
26.04.2024

EcoVadis recently awarded Vanbreda Risk & Benefits a silver EcoVadis medal for its sustainable business operations. This is a very welcome mark of recognition from a leading provider of sustainability assessments. Where sustainability is concerned, lack of progress clearly isn’t an option, so Marc Van kerckhoven, Director HR and Marketing & Communication, considers some important learning points for Vanbreda and the insurance industry as a whole.

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Guaranteed income: court rules that restrictions of cover for psychological disorders in collective insurance are discriminatory

People
22.04.2024

Figures from the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance (RIZIV) show that the number of Belgians who have been at home for more than a year due to burnout or depression has increased by 40 percent over the last four years. This is a worrying figure. It is becoming increasingly important for employers to arrange guaranteed income insurance for employees in the event that they become incapacitated for work. A recent court ruling on the restriction of cover from such insurance for psychological disorders has caused a stir within the insurance sector. We explain how this insurance works and the impact of the case in question.

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Change to the law on work accidents: accidents involving temporary workers included in the calculation of aggravated risks

Occupational accidents
18.04.2024

Since March 2024, work accidents involving temporary workers have been included in the calculation of a company’s risk index*. This change to the law mainly affects companies that often employ temporary workers. It also provides an extra reason to tighten up safety measures for all employees. Colleague Geert De Krem explains the impact of this change.

*Royal Decree of 21 February 2024 amending the Royal Decree of 23 December 2008 implementing the Law of 10 April 1971 on work accidents in relation to disproportionately aggravated risks, published on 16 March 2024.

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Self-employed people can extend guaranteed income insurance until the age of 67

People
17.04.2024

The legal retirement age in Belgium is currently 65 years, but rises to 66 in 2025 and 67 in 2030. If you’re self-employed it therefore makes sense to also extend your guaranteed income insurance until the age of 67. This insurance has numerous benefits, including the guarantee that you will remain covered until the statutory retirement age against loss of income caused by an inability to work due to illness or accident. In the attached document we explain how you can easily extend your current insurance.

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Civil Code reform: impact on extra-contractual liability

Liability
15.04.2024

As part of a global reform of the Civil Code, Book 6 of the new Civil Code was adopted on 1 February 2024. Notable in this new Book 6 are the abolition of the concurrence prohibition between contractual and extra-contractual liability and of the quasi-immunity of the performing agent. Our expert Inge Van Hemeledonck explains below what this means for subcontractors, directors, employees and what impact this will have on insurance policies.

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Videopodcast — Global Benefits Management

Videopodcast
07.06.2024

By means of global benefits management, your organisation can easily run a strong employee benefits package worldwide. This structured, central approach provides a useful overview of all benefits and enables you to put together an attractive package in the war for talent. If social security is non-existent or too limited in one of the countries where you’re based, you can also provide your employees there with additional support through this insurance package. Employee benefits expert Kristof Baertsoen talks about the advantages of global benefits management in the latest episode of our video podcast Succes Verzekerd.

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Videopodcast — Maritime insurance

Videopodcast
12.04.2024

Maritime insurance is a dynamic and international field that covers everything related to the transport of passengers via ocean vessels and cargo by all means of conveyance: road, rail, air and ocean shipments. This type of insurance is essential for ensuring the smooth operation of global trade and logistics. In the latest episode of our videopodcast, insurance expert Dirk Maes talks about the importance of an adequate coverage for every company in the logistical supply chain. He also discusses the unique position of the Belgian market and the challenges the maritime industry faces with the transformation towards a greener future.

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Videopodcast — The ambulatory plan

Videopodcast
23.02.2024

What are the rules on the reimbursement of costs for dental care, new glasses or a scan? You can’t claim for these ‘ambulatory costs’ on your hospitalisation insurance, and your health insurance fund will only provide limited reimbursement. Because ambulatory costs can be high, 43% of Belgian employers now offer an ambulatory plan that covers these costs. In the latest episode of our video podcast, insurance expert Bert Van den Broeck talks about the importance and benefits of this insurance for employers and employees.

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Videopodcast — Transport & logistics

Videopodcast
17.01.2024

The transport and logistics industry is a key component of the Belgian economy. How can you dispatch your drivers with peace of mind? And are you sufficiently aware of the liability you take on as a company, for example when you store goods? In the latest episode of our video podcast 'Succes Verzekerd', we zoom in on the insurance challenges for haulage companies and logistics service providers. Insurance expert Jean-Christophe Demeure talks about familiar and new risks. The switch to digitalisation and renewable energy in this industry is also discussed.

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Videopodcast — Construction industry

Videopodcast
31.08.2023

The construction industry is constantly evolving. Not only are most construction projects and infrastructure works increasing in size, construction risks are also becoming more complex, making successful cooperation all the more important. With so many parties involved, it is sometimes difficult to determine who is responsible for what. In this new instalment of the 'Succes Verzekerd' videopodcast, our colleague Eli Hemelaer talks about the developments and challenges facing the construction industry. As an insurance expert in construction risks, he advocates an integrated insurance approach that guarantees maximum transparency for all construction parties involved.

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Videopodcast — International mobility

Videopodcast
09.06.2023

Mobility is in full development in this country. The way we all get about is affected by a range of factors, including the increasing density of our cities, the switch to hybrid work, climate change and technological innovations. How should your company deal with all the new forms of mobility? And how do you ensure that your employees can travel safely for both work and private purposes? Our in-house mobility experts Stephanie Deneef and Geert De Krem guide you through the mobility trends and insurance challenges in this episode of our videopodcast ‘Succes Verzekerd’.

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Videopodcast – Reintegration programmes

Videopodcast
31.03.2023

In the fifth episode of our videopodcast ‘Succes Verzekerd’, disability expert Evelyne Lauwers talks about what reintegration programmes involve and why employers turn to us for advice.

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Videopodcast – Crop insurance

Videopodcast
27.02.2023

In the fourth episode of our podcast ‘Succes Verzekerd’, agriculture and climate expert Veerle Geudens talks about climate risks. She takes a close look at how farms and production companies can use crop insurance to protect themselves against the consequences of climate change.

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Videopodcast — supplementary pension

Videopodcast
18.11.2022

All markets evolve in response to changing needs and new trends. The insurance industry is no exception. In the second episode of our ‘Succes Verzekerd’ podcast, we welcome pension consultancy expert Saskia Defreyne to the microphone. Saskia has a strong reputation in the field of advice on supplementary pensions and an extensive knowledge of the insurance industry and pension funds.

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Videopodcast — Cyber insurance

Videopodcast
07.10.2022

In the first episode of our ‘Succes Verzekerd’ podcast, we welcome cyber security expert Tom Van Britsom to the microphone. Tom is a business development manager with a profound interest in cyber security and cyber insurance.

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Vanbreda Risk & Benefits wins Deloitte’s lifetime achievement award

Press
28.05.2024

For the seventh year running, Vanbreda Risk & Benefits has earned the right to call itself a Best Managed Company. As a result, the organisation has won a Platinum Label – the lifetime achievement award handed out by Deloitte Private, KU Leuven and Econopolis. CEO Pedro Matthynssens: ‘We’re delighted with this award. Thanks to the intensive process of recent years, we have a lot of confidence that we’ll continue innovating and growing sustainably.’

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Vanbreda Risk & Benefits strengthens management committee

Press
04.03.2024

Vanbreda Risk & Benefits makes changes to its management committee. Marc Van kerckhoven is appointed as Director Human Resources and Marketing & Communication and Evelyne Lauwers joins the management committee as Director Employee Benefits. CEO Pedro Matthynssens: ‘I have every confidence that with the renewed management team we will ensure continuity in our business operations and achieve our ambitious growth strategy by 2030.’

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Vanbreda Risk & Benefits ramps up DE&I efforts

Press
04.01.2024

In 2023, we took several steps to integrate diversity, equality and inclusion more into our business strategy and entered into a partnership with Autimatic. You can read more about both topics in the magazine of Lockton Global, the international network to which Vanbreda Risk & Benefits belongs.

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Doktr and Vanbreda Risk & Benefits together make healthcare more accessible for companies and their employees

Press
07.11.2023

Vanbreda Risk & Benefits enters into a partnership with Doktr, the digital healthcare service provider. With an innovative and locally embedded range of services, they want to help Belgian companies provide easily accessible and quality care to their employees. The shared vision of hybrid care and cover for video consultations with general practitioners will strengthen Vanbreda Risk & Benefits’ already extensive healthcare offering.

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