Deloitte believes in partnerships, local or more broadly, with organisations that share similar values. We present three partnerships that have been very active in FY09: Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, SAP, Econopolis and Guberna.
Deloitte believes in partnerships, local or more broadly,
with organisations that share similar values.
The relationship between Deloitte Belgium and Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School stretches back many years. The two organisations have collaborated on many successful joint initiatives. Moreover, a number of Deloitte personnel are Vlerick alumni.
Founded in 2009, the Deloitte Vlerick Research Chair conducts annual research projects on a range of practical business issues. Its first study “Engaging in Turbulent Times - Direction Setting for Business and IT Alignment” explored how the current environment, especially the crisis, changed the nature of business and IT engagement with regards to technology related decision making. The partnership between Deloitte and Vlerick extends to other joint activities. Deloitte participates in Vlerick events and classes, and Deloitte people have access to Vlerick meeting rooms in Leuven and Ghent.
The world’s largest business software company, SAP ensure its leadership position by identifying and shaping emerging IT trends through investments in applied research, new technologies and emerging entrepreneurial companies. Deloitte Belgium maintains close ties with SAP. Belgian partner Stephan Raemaekers, Global SAP Lead Client Service Partner, has relationships with the company on both board and global levels. The global Deloitte relationship with SAP is managed from Brussels.
Deloitte both buys from and sells to the company. SAP is Deloitte Consulting’s most important partner globally. In turn, Deloitte is SAP’s number three partner worldwide. The Responsive Finance Function global initiative started with SAP recognising Deloitte as the number one service provider to the finance function. Here, Belgium is in the lead, along with Germany, the UK and the US.
Moreover, Deloitte Consulting offers its intellectual property and research to help SAP fine-tune its software solutions. These contributions have benefited products for a wide range of financial and logistics applications, including tax, risk management and carbon auditing. Currently, Consulting is assisting SAP with the development of products for the professional services industry.
Econopolis is an independent adviser to companies and public bodies on economics, finance and media. Econopolis was born from the wish of its founders, Geert Noels and Geert Wellens, to offer a response to the issues that caused the financial crisis and subsequent recession. Deloitte Belgium is a key partner of Econopolis. In 2009, Deloitte asked Econopolis to launch a series of roundtables with senior Deloitte partners, providing updates and insights on economic developments. The quarterly sessions are an important investment of time by our Deloitte partners in their own continued learning and development. We also sponsored a recent event by Econopolis launching a new book, “Maandag geen economie meer?”, written by Johan van Overtveldt in collaboration with Geert Noels.
Guberna is an academic network based in Belgium promoting corporate governance for every type of organisation. Its expanding network of companies and directors includes more than 1,500 individuals and institutional members.
Deloitte participates in two Guberna partnerships. Bringing its extensive public sector client experience, Deloitte is a partner with Dexia in The Centre for Public Governance. Launched in 2006, the Centre formulates concrete governance recommendations for public sector organisations. The Centre for Internal Governance, launched in 2008 with Deloitte and BNP Parisbas Fortis as partners, explores company governance through a series of roundtable discussions. Of particular interest to Deloitte is “intra-group governance”, an important theme in Belgium where there are many foreign subsidiaries and good governance is needed to safeguard local interests.