credentials

Confidentiality is our motto. Due to the strategic importance and potentially sensitive nature of many of our assignments, we choose not to disclose a list of clients on our website, but rather provide a description of assignments we work(ed) on. A list of clients and credentials is available upon request.

credentials ⁄  Corporate Communication

  • Media relations programmes supporting the business development of a multitude of big and smaller companies in different industries
  • Advice on the use of social media tools ans storytelling for the corporate positioning of several companies
  • Quantitative and qualitative reputation audits as a (zero) measurement to adapt stakeholder engagement approach
  • Award-winning sustainability communication approach for a furniture retailer
  • Positioning of an international player to support participation in a public tender (different industries)
  • Advise and support several industry associations in corporate communication and media relation programmes
  • Media relation programme in view of CEO positioning
  • External communication management and spokesperson role ad interim
  • Strategic positioning and corporate identity development for a various public institutions (regional and subnational level)

credentials ⁄  public affairs

  • Advise and support several companies in view of the shift of competencies following the 6th state reform
  • Strategic advice in the framework of public tenders (various industries)
  • Set up and manage a trade association, define its strategy and support the implementation of its lobbying activities
  • Lobbying activities regarding the regulation of a range of consumer products and professional services
  • Lobbying and communication activities in the framework of permitting procedures for a broad range of industrial, retail, real estate and energy companies
  • Public affairs support and coaching in the context of a contested restructuring scheme
  • Development and ongoing implementation of an ‘influencer programme’ for a Bel20 listed company: an integrated corporate communication and public affairs programme focusing on key stakeholders
  • Strategic advice and sounding board to one of the leading trade associations
  • Perception audit amongst political stakeholders in preparation of a lobbying programme for a professional services company
  • Active mediation and negotiation in conflict situations involving various authorities, public institutions and administrations
  • Intelligence gathering and strategic advice for a range of pharmaceutical companies regarding reimbursement schemes and product regulation
  • Set up a single issue coalition between various trade associations to defend a joint interest
  • Public affairs advice and support in response to criticism of consumer organisations, NGOs and local communities
  • Lobbying campaigns regarding corporate tax, excise and labour law for various multinational companies
  • Development of a comprehensive public affairs strategy for an airport and develop the required PA tools
  • Public affairs campaign and issues management to prevent political measures proposed under the pressure of a consumer organisation from being implemented
  • Regulatory monitoring for a broad range of clients, amongst others in the field of energy, tax, health, transport, permitting procedures
  • Setting up a ‘learning network’ on public affairs (a joint initiative with a leading employer association) involving senior public affairs professionals from blue chip companies
  • Political analysis and summary notes for international headquarters and managers

credentials ⁄  crisis & issues

24/7 crisis standby for various companies and sectors

Crisis preparedness

  • Vulnerability audit, crisis communication manual and training programme for several companies in different sectors: food, pharmaceutics, energy, steel, retail, automotive, banking, mining sector, agriculture…
  • Ongoing crisis preparedness, training and pre-emptive issue management to ensure business continuity for high-risk facilities such as gas terminal, high-speed train company and a brewing company
  • Crisis plans for a range of food manufacturers, in the wake of a range of issues and crises impacting the food industry
  • Yearly media & crisis communication training for various clients, including an FMCG company, a gas company, a professional services company, …
  • Large scale crisis simulation exercise, involving media, employees, trade unionists, …

Social issues and change management

  • Market leader in restructuring schemes, including strategy development, preparatory work, on-site assistance and support, …
  • Management of social conflicts for various clients in different industries, including retail, transport & aviation, logistics, pharmacy, banking & insurance, chemistry, automotive, steel, …
  • Prepare negotiations with social partners through training, exercises and message development for various clients Manage the media impact of a case of ‘bullying at the workplace’
  • Merger and restructuring of two pharmaceutical companies
  • Management of a social conflict and support a change management programme following the review of a company’s compensation policy
  • Merger and integration of two global companies (13.000 employees in 27 countries)
  • Management of a social conflict following a dismissal for just cause
  • Announcement of a change of management for a blue chip company
  • Pre-empting issues and building up support amongst the local community and social partners in preparation of the closure of a production unit
  • Internal communication and issues management regarding the potential sale and restructuring of a production unit
  • Closure of a production unit while maintaining marketing and sales operating in Belgium
  • Stakeholder communication and advice for a company facing the dismissal of both CEO and CFO while having a major investment project

Litigation

  • Scenario planning and strategic advice of a litigation case between two well-known brands
  • Strategic advice and media relations during 10 years of litigation for an insurance group
  • Strategic counsel and media relations support for a company accused of corruption in the framework of public tenders
  • Media relations and public affairs advice regarding litigations initiated by local communities against environmental permits, construction permits and business permits
  • Media relations advice relating to potential antitrust activities
  • Crisis advice regarding a lawsuit and settlement in the framework of an industrial accident involving casualties and injuries
  • Crisis communication following a house search and judicial investigation for a financial institution
  • Prepare and manage media and stakheholder outreach in the framework of a legal settlement and court case for a company and its shareholders
  • Media relation advice for the head of non-profit organization accused of conflict of interest
  • Crisis communication regarding alleged fraud with credit cards, for a bankcard company, including the preparation of and a training session for an interview in a TV consumer programme…

Not In My Backyard issues (environment, health, safety, nuisance, …)

  • Communication advice in the wake of a crisis with high media and political attention for a company producing nuclear medicine products
  • Developing and handling a holistic issues management programme, including public relations and public affairs at both local and regional levels, in order to create political and public support for the opening or extension of (new) quarries in the Walloon region, and pre-empt local, media and NGO opposition
  • Pre-empting potential issues and building up support within the local community in preparation of the construction of a windmill farm on the site of a multinational company
  • Local issues management and public affairs advice regarding the construction of a power plant
  • Building up support within the local community and pre-empting issues for a real estate company, in preparation of a construction project

Consumer related issues and crises

  • Communication advice during a food security crisis with very high media and consumer attention
  • Take over and/or coordinate social media channels of several companies when dealing with issues
  • On and offline engagement with Key Opinion Leaders and influencers to shift public opinion
  • Monitoring issues and building up a dialogue with critical NGO’s for an international brand
  • Dealing with attacks by a consumer organisation regarding the alleged health risks of a consumer product
  • Numerous product recalls for FMCG companies
  • Issue tracking and monitoring of stakeholders’ activities for various clients
  • Support a leading retailer to deal with NGO driven campaign questioning the company’s sustainability policy…

 

Industrial risks & accidents

  • Managing the impact of a nuclear leak and preparing nuclear transports
  • Lethal accident on the work floor of a chemical company
  • Violent robbery involving the use of explosives, for a retail company
  • Activation of an emergency procedure at a gas terminal
  • Industrial accident involving heavily injured co-workers of a subcontractor
  • Crisis communication advice for a construction material producer: accident, fire, quality issue

credentials ⁄  Financial Communication

  • Positioning and strategy communication for a real estate company ahead of its IPO
  • Management of shareholder issues and financial communication for an IT company and a food company
  • Crisis communication and reorganisation of financial and strategy communication, in view of restoring investors’ confidence for a listed professional services company, after a change of management and a plunging share price
  • Management Buy-Out at an industrial company
  • Media relations & public affairs advice and support in the framework of major M&A cases
  • Take-over of a competitor for a professional services firm

credentials ⁄  training

  • Media training program for the executive management committee of a furniture retailers, an internet provider, a large insurance company, high-speed train company…
  • Regular update trainings for the spokespersons of different companies in function of new subjects / issues
  • Crisis communication trainings for numerous municipalities and cities in Belgium (with specific discipline 5 attention)
  • Crisis communication trainings and workshops for an organization specialized in training and quality management
  • Presentation skills
  • Introduction to public affairs and lobbying for a trade association
  • Introduction to Belgium (economy, politics, media, …) for the foreign CEO of a multinational company active in Belgium
  • Negotiation training for the HR Manager of a multinational enterprise with important activities in Belgium
  • Introduction to issue management for a trade association
  • Training on the use of social media during a crisis situation