The CSR Professionals of the Year 2019 have been elected!

And the CSR Professionals of the Year 2019 are ...

In the Dutch-speaking category:

Caroline Pauwels, rector Vrije Universiteit Brussel



On the 20th of February 2020, the fifth CSR Professional of the Year event took place. After a live voting round, Caroline Pauwels, rector Vrije Universiteit Brussel emerged victorious as the Dutch-speaking CSR Professional of the Year 2019.

“Our university teaches our youth the values of social responsibility. The next generations will take good care of our planet - of that I am sure. If we focus on positive things, we can achieve so much together.”

Caroline Pauwels


Caroline Pauwels, rector Vrije Universiteit Brussel

In the French-speaking category:

Corine Athas, CSR Advisor Infrabel
José Castillo, co-founder & CTO Univercells
Nicolas Declercq, founder Brasserie Leopold 7



The final voting round proved to be decisive in the French-speaking category as well. The person who can proudly call himself the French-speaking CSR Professional of the Year is Nicolas Declercq, oprichter Brasserie Leopold 7!

“I dream that in 50 years’ time, my children will say: my father was a pioneer. Beer is a valued product and people associate it with passion. My passion for beer production goes hand in hand with a great number of values. To me, that’s very important.”

Nicolas Declercq


Nicolas Declercq, founder Brasserie Leopold 7



These are the winners of the previous editions:

CSR Professional of the Year 2018 (Dutch-speaking category): Ann Claes, Chief Buying Officer, JBC
"I am very happy with this award, which actually belongs to our entire team. We have been working hard on more sustainability over the past few years. One example we are very proud of, is that we are now selling 100% recycled jeans at JBC. This award is a nice recognition for the route we have taken."

CSR Professional of the Year 2018 (French-speaking category): Pascal Léglise, CSR Director, Carrefour Belgium
“Together with my team, I have been working for more than 10 years on the road to more sustainable entrepreneurship in retail. And today we are reaping the benefits, together with the local producers that we support though Act for Food. This award is a great recognition of our work!"

CSR Professional of the Year 2017 (category large enterprise): Eric de Deckere, Senior Technical Manager Sustainable Transition, Port of Antwerp
"Winning this award is a recognition of the trajectory we have followed so far. In 2010 and 2011 we started reporting on sustainability. This eventually resulted in concrete actions. Right now we are in the midst of a transition. Reporting is still one of our core practices, but now we are doing so much more. This prize is a reward for all our hard work, for the team and for the companies that are involved in the harbour community and are willing to undertake steps with the aim of becoming more sustainable."

CSR Professional of the Year 2017 (category SME): Philip Van Kelst, founder & CEO, Kasteelhoeve Wange
"This prize is nice reward! Since the foundation of Kasteelhoeve Wange we have been making a lot of CSR efforts in order to become sustainable. It was a fundamental choice, also out of financial considerations. It has been a lonely and frightful way at times, but along the way we have gathered a whole community, which I find very fulfilling. People believe in us, they connect with us. This award is the icing on the cake!"

CSR Professional of the Year 2016 (category large enterprise): Ann Vandenhende, CSR Manager Spadel
"This award is a recognition for the entire Spadel team. My CEO, Marc Du Bois, deserves praise and a ‘thank you’ as well. In the field of CSR he’s at least as passionate as I am. Without his enthusiasm, I wouldn’t have been able to do the work I’m doing today. And I’ll keep on doing my job with loads of enthusiasm!"

CSR Professional of the Year 2016 (category SME): Joost Callens, CEO Durabrik
"I’m blown away a bit. I want to dedicate this award to my team and I want to thank them for their hard work. In the words of Toon Hermans: ‘There have to be people that ignite suns, before the world rains away’. I’m happy that I can make a contribution."

CSR Professional of the Year 2015: Michel Croisé, president Sodexo Benelux
"This award is a recognition for the whole team of Sodexo. It is a pleasure to motivate people who are already motivated. But the most important thing is that we all take steps towards a better society."