InFocus: King Baudouin Foundation

Who?

The King Baudouin Foundation’s mission is to contribute to a better society.

The Foundation is an actor for change and innovation, serving the public interest and increasing social cohesion in Belgium and Europe. We seek to maximize our impact by strengthening the capacity of organizations and individuals. We also stimulate effective philanthropy by individuals and corporations.

The Foundation’s key values are integrity, transparency, pluralism, independence, respect for diversity, and promoting solidarity.

The Foundation’s current areas of activity are poverty and social justice, philanthropy, health, civic engagement, developing talents, democracy, European integration, heritage, sustainable development and Africa and developing countries. The Foundation is active on the Belgian, European, African and international level.

The King Baudouin Foundation is a public benefit foundation. The Foundation was set up in 1976 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of King Baudouin‘s reign.

When?

In its capacity as a long-term and  responsible  investor, the Foundation’s Board of Governors has decided to develop an ESG strategy.

The implementation  of this strategy will be finalized by the end of 2019.

Why?

Contributing to a better society is crucial for the Foundation. Apart from its activities as a foundation, the King Baudouin Foundation  is also an asset-owner and is convinced that the integration of ESG criteria is important to achieve its objectives.

The Foundation wants to follow the dialogue within the financial sector and between the sector and its stakeholders to increase its understanding of the challenges and developments.

What?

The Foundation wants to create impact by combining several working methods: financial support, advocacy, bringing people together, mobilizing people, promoting philanthropy and research. As part of its toolbox, social impact investments play an important and growing role.

The King Baudouin Foundation is involved in several initiatives in this field where a social impact is combined with a financial return in alignment with its strategy.

 

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