Created in 2008, the Degroof Petercam Foundation's mission is to support social innovations for employment by focusing on three main areas: tomorrow's skills, entrepreneurship and working towards a more inclusive labor market. Each year, the Foundation selects and supports a new project with a solution for employment with a grant and tailored coaching. The Foundation's first award consists of a one million euro grant and personalized follow-up over five years.
Ticket for Change, a French initiative that trains and brings together people who want to put positive societal impact at the heart of their work, is this year's grand prize winner. The subject fits perfectly with the current trend if we consider that in Belgium, according to a recent study conducted by the European Commission1, one out of three newly created companies is a company with a social vocation. In 7 years, more than 120,000 people have participated in Ticket for Change programs to activate their talents and put them at the service of society through their work.
Matthieu Dardaillon, chairman and co-founder of Ticket for Change: "We are very honored by this recognition which demonstrates the relevance of our action. With Ticket for Change, we offer training and tools so that everyone can activate their talents to solve current social and environmental challenges. We accompany impact entrepreneurs, companies in their transitions and people in search of employment. We want to reconcile employment and positive impact. This award from the Degroof Petercam Foundation allows us to accelerate our change of scale with, in particular, the launch of new initiatives in Belgium in sight. "
This prize awarded by the Degroof Petercam Foundation is part of the group's broader strategy to create responsible prosperity for all, by opening doors to opportunities and making its expertise available.
Xavier Van Campenhout, chairman of the Degroof Petercam Foundation: "Philanthropy is an integral part of Degroof Petercam and we encourage it on an ongoing basis among the group's employees through participative social commitment but also through the Foundation's support program for employment. After a selection process that involved some 15 candidates, we are delighted to offer our financial and human support to Ticket for Change in their expansion in Belgium and elsewhere. Faithful to its mission, the Foundation thus allows a concrete solution to societal challenges to move to a new stage of its development. "
The Degroof Petercam Foundation is awarding its prize for the third consecutive year. Previous winners are Bayes Impact (2020) and DUO for a JOB (2019). Thanks to the support of the Foundation, Bayes Impact was able to launch its Bob Emploi tool in Belgium. DUO for a JOB also continued its expansion to Paris, Lille and Rotterdam from Belgium.
Degroof Petercam Foundation
About the Degroof Petercam Foundation
The Degroof Petercam Foundation supports social innovations for employment by focusing on three main areas: the skills of tomorrow, entrepreneurship and accessibility to employment. Adopting a participatory philanthropy model, the foundation selects one project each year and grants one million euros over five years. In addition to its main mission in favor of employment, the Degroof Petercam Foundation is also committed to promoting philanthropy within the Degroof Petercam Group and among its employees through participative social engagement programs such as volunteering, sponsorship campaigns, etc. By 2023, it aims to reach a commitment of 5 million euros of aid, as well as a portfolio of five supported projects, the participation in the creation of 3,000 jobs, and an involvement of 30% of Degroof Petercam employees.
About Ticket for Change
Ticket for Change enables everyone to choose a career with impact. In concrete terms, Ticket for Change offers resources and training aimed at 1/ encouraging as many people as possible to become involved in impact careers, 2/ supporting impact entrepreneurs in launching their social or environmental enterprise and creating jobs, 3/ supporting company managers and employees in the societal transformation of their organization, 4/ helping people looking for work and in professional retraining to find an impact job that makes sense for them. Beyond its activities, the association seeks to create a culture of commitment and share the vision of impact careers to help reinvent the worlds of education, guidance and employment.