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Centre for Excellence in Strategic Rewards

Building the future of rewards

Pushing the boundaries of compensation and benefit strategy to drive business value

Reward management – or compensation and benefits – is an important strategic tool that helps you deliver on company strategy and achieve goals.

The Centre for Excellence in Strategic Rewards has more than 25 years’ experience keeping compensations and benefits professionals at the cutting edge of their discipline. Join an inspiring network of rewards and HR professionals and explore a broad spectrum of topics to help you future-proof your rewards policy.


Join a powerful community

More than 50 companies form our vibrant centre network. Join them to participate and stay up-to-date with the latest trends and developments in the world of comp&ben.

Our members share ideas and experiences – and actively influence and engage with our ground-breaking research. Join this network of change-makers and take part in events, networking activities and workshops – and drive success in your organisation and your career.


Research to power your company

We focus on subjects including strategic alignment of rewards, total rewards, non-financial rewards, employee benefits, pay-for-performance, customised rewards, rewards in an agile business context, responsible rewards and reward communication.

As a member of our Centre, you’ll participate in this research – which is solidly academic, but that also has immediate, practical application. We respond to what’s current in rewards and HR – and develop tools and concepts to support you.

2016 Experience Vlerick Day

Network, explore, deepen your thinking

Throughout the year, our members exchange ideas and experiences with peers on topics linked to strategic rewards – in a spirit of openness and confidentiality.

Your company’s needs drive all our activities – which include webinars, workshops, a residential seminar and small focus groups. You’ll also be able to gain insight from the results of our Q on Rewarding anonymous survey.

Our team is always here to support you and act as a sounding board on everything to do with strategic remuneration.

Recent research

White paper: Only six out of 100 Belgian companies are satisfied with the current income tax system

Belgian companies are very dissatisfied with the fiscal and parafiscal levies on salaries. In particular, they’re frustrated with high taxes on fixed and variable salaries – and the approach to taxing the mobility budget. Companies are now looking for wide-reaching reform. 

White paper: 10 key findings on performance and reward management in an agile environment

Agility is an emerging key dimension of business excellence. Yet, many organisations struggle to adopt agile approaches in performance and reward management. This white paper explores why.

White paper: Future House of Rewards

The wage pressure in Belgium – the salary tension between younger and older employees – is one of the highest in Europe. On average, 55-year-old employees earn 45% more than 30-year-old colleagues doing the same job. And, of course, we are living – and working – longer. A new wage structure is needed.

White paper: Total Reward Statements

A brilliant rewards package, communicated poorly, will not improve employee satisfaction. Good Total Reward Statements give an individual and comprehensive overview of all rewards. This white paper sets out the seven characteristics of a great Total Reward Statement.

Partners & members




Ajinomoto Bio-Pharma Services logo
Argenx logo
Axa logo
Belfius logo
Brussels Airport Logo
Claeys & Engels logo
Colruyt Group logo
Dieteren logo
Delaware logo
Delhaize logo
Ecuphar - AnimalCare Group logo
Engie logo
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Euroclear logo
Fluvius logo
Fluxys logo
Galapagos logo
GSK logo
HR Rail logo
Infrabel logo
ING logo
Jan De Nul Logo
KBC logo
KPMG logo
Mediamarkt - Saturn logo
Nationale Bank van België logo
Orange logo
Port of Antwerp Bruges logo
Proximus logo
P&V logo
RealDolmen logo
Siemens logo
Telenet logo
Toyota Motor Europe logo
Tuc Rail logo
TVH logo
Umicore logo
Van Breda Risk & Benefits logo
VGD logo
Vito logo
Volvo Cars logo
Volvo Group logo
Worldline logo

Expert faculty

Xavier Baeten

Xavier Baeten

Professor of Reward & Sustainability

Xavier Baeten is highlighting the vital role of rewarding in helping organisations deliver their strategy and gain competitive advantage.


Join us

Independent thinking, inspiration, trust and cooperation are all hallmarks of the centre. Join us to become part of this exclusive network that pursues knowledge and understanding of all things reward management.

If you want to take membership even further – and become involved with co-defining the centre’s strategy and research ambitions – you may want to consider becoming a partner.

Get in touch

Sanne De Cooman

Sanne De Cooman

Coordinator Vlerick Reward Centre