Often employees are discouraged or badly perceived when they opt for more work-life balance, such as requesting or making use of paternity leave or flexible work arrangements. COFACE’s Dutch-speaking member organisation from Belgium, Gezinsbond, set up a Charter for a family-friendly organisations and companies. By signing the Charter, organisations are making themselves known as family-friendly employers who take the work-family balance of their staff into account as much as possible.
Recently the Charter saw its 100th signatory, DP World, a company that is active worldwide active in port logistics and counts 800 employees in their Belgian branch. Other signatories include large and small companies, governments and NGOs which make up together more than 130,000 employees. Gezinsbond encourages more more companies and organisations to sign its Charter and take family-friendly measures in the workplace.
Have a look at the Charter here in English or on the webpage of Gezinsbond in Dutch, French or German, the languages spoken in Belgium and used in the workplaces. You can also find more information and tips on family-friendliness in the workplace on the Gezinsbond website (in Dutch).