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03.07.2017

Antwerp as an innovation lab

How do you ensure the optimal cross-fertilisation of the established economy and that of tomorrow? Simple: you bring together leading entrepreneurs from both start-ups and more traditional companies, allow them to talk to each other and provide a 'connecting factor' as a starting point.

That is exactly what Innovation Hub Antwerp had in mind with their official launch at the inspiring Fosbury and Sons earlier this month. A small, but significant anecdote: the day of the event coincided with the first day of the Leien roadworks, making it an ideal opportunity to run a test on www.slimnaarantwerpen.be.

The starting point of Innovation Hub Antwerp's event was '(net)working together pays off'. Today, it is clear that start-ups and established companies need each other in order to grow, even if they often operate in completely different worlds.

The first guest speaker, Mark Kegelaers from Unifly, showed that you should not simply begin networking at random. In his passionate speech about the controlled regulation of the drone world, he said that start-ups should best take a highly strategic approach to networking. In the case of Unifly, this meant drawing up a policy to allow it to be the first company on the market and grab a significant share.

"Networking works!" Mark Kegelaers, CEO of Unifly

Evert Bulcke from Rombit gave the audience a constructive and critical insight into the often flirtatious behaviour between corporates and start-ups. He launched the discussion and commented that while cooperation often remains somewhat flirtatious, it also offers the necessary tips to create tangible benefits. Meanwhile, according to Peter De Keyzer, it is no accident that partnerships occur most in cities, concluding that you find the most creativity in a city. Antwerp is certainly no exception, as shown by the evening's final guest speaker, alderman Koen Kennis, with a range of examples. He invited everyone to make Antwerp a true innovation lab – a city of things.

Afterwards, a standing buffet ended the summer evening a little like it had started: entrepreneurs networking in the hope that it pays off.  

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03.05.2019

BNP Paribas Group, first quarter 2019 results

The business of BNP Paribas was up this quarter for the three operating divisions with in particular a gradual upturn in the business of CIB. Economic growth slowed down in Europe but remained positive. After the crisis in the markets at the end of 2018, the market context remained lackluster at the beginning of the quarter, but improved towards the end of the period.

Director and Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas, Jean-Laurent Bonnafé:
“BNP Paribas delivered a good level of result this quarter, at 1.9 billion euros. Revenues were up thanks to business growth in the operating divisions with in particular an upturn in client business at CIB. Operating expenses were well contained and benefitted from cost saving measures, generating a positive jaws effect.”

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16.04.2019

Do companies really want a more sustainable world?

Yes, the success of our Sustainable Business Ateliers is good proof of that. Most companies are aware of their social responsibility, but some are in need of information. To help them on their way, BNP Paribas Fortis organises regular regional Sustainable Business Workshops. Last year, our bank organised two pilot sessions in Liège and Limburg and more recently it was the turn of Namur, Gits (in West Flanders) and Ghent. Other Belgian cities will be announced soon.

Programme

During the Sustainable Business Workshops the invited clients are inspired by the experts from our Sustainable Business Competence Centre, and by other clients who speak about the actions they have already taken with their business.

After the presentations, participants are divided into groups and share experiences led by a moderator.

How do clients rate them?

Feedback from the participants revealed that the focus on cooperation and networking opportunities are the greatest advantages of the Workshops. Those attending always include representatives of small, medium-sized and large businesses from a variety of sectors - a diversity which participants find highly enriching. After all, no single company can overcome all of the present challenges on its own. Companies will not only have to cooperate with one another, but also with the government, universities, startups, etc. to make progress.

According to the participants, BNP Paribas Fortis is also the only financial service provider that goes great lengths to support companies in the area of sustainable business, by analysing at which stage of the sustainable business path the companies are and by guiding them to use sustainability as an opportunity for their activities.

Do you want to participate in one of our Sustainable Business Workshops? Please contact your Relationship Manager for the practical details.

Not a client yet? And do you want to know more about the guidance we offer and the benefits of sustainability for your company? Discover what our Sustainable Business Competence Centre can do for you.

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02.04.2019

Solvay links the cost of credit to a reduction in greenhouse gases

Solvay has agreed new terms in an existing €2 billion revolving credit facility, linking the cost of credit to a reduction in greenhouse gases. Solvay concluded this positive incentive agreement with its syndicate of nine banks. BNP Paribas Fortis is acting as Sustainability Coordinator and agent bank to Solvay’s long-term banking partners.

Solvay announced in September 2018 a commitment to cut greenhouse gases from its own operations by 1 million tonnes by 2025 relative to 2017 levels. The Group intends to achieve this reduction by further improving energy efficiency, energy mix and by investing in clean technologies. “We seek to integrate sustainability into all key aspects of our business, including financing. Associating Solvay's ambitious greenhouse gas emissions target to the cost of credit is a logical step. The successful teaming up with our banks shows that the way towards more sustainability is a collective effort," said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.

I am proud that Solvay has mandated BNP Paribas Fortis to introduce a Positive Incentive Loan mechanism that supports Solvay’s ambitions in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This innovative solution is a clear example of how we and the syndicated banks we represent aim to serve our clients in terms of value creation. Collaboration between banks and clients is key in driving the economy forward to a more sustainable future,” said Max Jadot, CEO of BNP Paribas Fortis.

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