At the start of 2024, Vanbreda Risk & Benefits is on the acquisition path more than ever. On 5 February, the insurance broker took over Simplex Employee Benefits Insurance BV in Hasselt. Simplex specialises in employee benefits and actuarial consultancy.
Vanbreda recognised as Sustainable Entrepreneur
For decades now we have invested in Corporate Social Responsibility with People, Environment and Society as the pillars. In order to direct those efforts even more effectively, we entered in early 2022 into a project with Voka to obtain the “Charter for Sustainable Business”. Today, we can announce with pride, but at the same time with modesty, that Vanbreda has received recognition as a Sustainable Entrepreneur.
Going ahead with an action plan
After an analysis of the initiatives that already exist within the firm, we defined 14 action points in our themes of People, Environment and Society. Within a matter of one year, we went ahead with this very concrete and challenging action plan.
International recognition as Sustainable Entrepreneur
At the end of the action year, the work undertaken was assessed by a team of independent experts. We got the fantastic news that the jury recognises Vanbreda Risk & Benefits as a Sustainable Entrepreneur on the strength of our efforts. This recognition shows that we are committed to making a difference in the short and long term for you as employees, for the society in which we live, and for the environment.
Solidarity and insurance
Solidarity is a concept that is not unfamiliar to the world of insurance, which as a matter of fact is built on solidarity and providence: the insured pay a premium that is used to compensate for damage or loss, or to provide an income in times of financial need. As insurance brokers we are an important link in the value chain between companies and employees on the one hand and insurers on the other. Our core business therefore has important social added value. Moreover, our social responsibility reaches beyond our core business. We want to have an even greater positive social impact, which is why we must not stop at this recognition: it is just a starting point to remain committed to a more sustainable world, year after year.
Deloitte has again proclaimed Vanbreda Risk & Benefits as a Best Managed Company for the sixth year in a row. “The renewal of the Gold label is a great moment for us. We are being commended for the efforts we have made in the past year to achieve sustainable growth and strengthen our social engagement. We also received valuable insights to do even better in certain respects. This keeps us on our toes as a company, and helps to shape our ambitions for the coming years,” says CEO Pedro Matthynssens.
Vanbreda Risk & Benefits acquires a substantial part of the insurance portfolio of Driesassur in Antwerp. Driesassur is a leading insurance broker in the diamond and jewellery trade, and additionally offers the more traditional insurance products for private clients, small businesses and large companies. “With the acquisition of this part of their insurance portfolio we strengthen our position as largest insurance broker in Belgium,’ says Pedro Matthynssens, CEO of Vanbreda.
Vanbreda Risk & Benefits has acquired Soenen Verzekeringen, which has offices in Poperinge, Ypres and Roeselare. Soenen Verzekeringen specializes in insurance for companies mainly in the SME market. “This partnership once again enables us to expand our geographic footprint. Being the leading insurance broker in Belgium, we strongly believe in our buying power combined with excellent local customer service,” Pedro Matthynssens, the Vanbreda CEO, explained.