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COVID-19 Update

With offices closing and employees now working remotely, events being canceled, and companies adapting to this new reality, COVID-19 has had a massive impact on businesses around the entire globe.

It is in times like these that community, communication and solidarity will play a major role in navigating through this difficult situation. Now, more than ever, it is important that we find ways to stay connected and help you share knowledge with each other.

That is why we have created this page dedicated to sharing business advice and highlighting stories of how our member companies are participating in the coronavirus crisis response.

In this way, AmCham Belgium wishes not only to reinforce our commitment to members, but allow you to support each other as well: A community stands together, in good times and bad.

We are here to listen to and learn from you, so don’t hesitate to contribute to this resource page and share your stories with the community.

Contact Eleni (ewebber@xp69.cn) if you would like to share knowledge or your story with the AmCham Belgium community.
 


What you’ll find on this page

1 - Member Stories

Stories of how our member companies are participating in the crisis response.

2 - COVID-19 business advice from our community

Resources and business advice from our member companies about the coronavirus.

3 - AmCham Meetups

Online event series that provides a platform for discussion about the human and business impacts of the coronavirus.
Past Meetups:

4 - Virtual Coffee

The AmCham Belgium team is here if you would like to talk about how the crisis is affecting you and how we can support you in these uncertain times.

 

Stories of how our member companies are participating in the crisis response.

United Cargo introduces cargo-only services between Brussels and Washington-Dulles

United is introducing cargo-only operations between Brussels (BRU) and Washington-Dulles (IAD) with connections to the West-Coast, as well as an extensive trucking network to rest of the US.

This gives United corporates unique opportunities to keep global supply chains running, as the demands for cargo services increase.

Read more and check out the flight schedule.

April 3, 2020

ExxonMobil donates disinfectant gel to Santhea healthcare workers

Belgian healthcare group Santhea contacted ExxonMobil with an urgent request for disinfectant hand gels needed for its more than 56.000 health care workers.

ExxonMobil worked with its local distributor, Anno, to make hand sanitizer in Antwerp.

Anno took care of processing, packaging and delivering the disinfectant and a first delivery of 1.500 liters was made to Santhea. The organization will distribute 5 liter bottles to the different health care institutions.

Find out more.

April 3, 2020

Dozens of solutions to fight COVID-19 during 'HACK THE CRISIS'

The online hackathon 'HACK THE CRISIS' took place last weekend.

The 10 best pitches were presented during a live stream on Sunday evening, 29th of  March. With a prize pool of € 25,000, the winning teams will be able to further develop their solutions to tackle the corona crisis.

EY’s The Factory team was involved in the practical organization of this event and provided EY mentors. The EY CogniStreamer team provided their platform as the main ideation tool for the hackathon.

Read more.

April 2, 2020

Crowell & Moring's Legal Assistant

This Virtual Assistant provides entrepreneurs with a tool to navigate in the rapid evolution of regulations approved by the Belgian federal and regional governments in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and explains the consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak for companies and organizations.

The Virtual Assistant is available to the public free of charge in order to provide the most up-to-date information quickly and efficiently.

Find out more.

April 2, 2020

Cargill donates disinfecting alcohol to the Belgian government

100,000 litres have been donated by one of the largest alcohol producers in Europe.

The disinfecting alcohol will be used to produce disifenctant hand gel for emergency services.

In addition to the donation of alcohol, Cargill donated 228 protective Tyvek suits to the city of Vilvoorde, 600 protective jackets to the fire service of Walloon Picardy and 50 P3 masks to the Ghent University Hospital. 

Find out more.

April 1, 2020

Kearney has joined forces with several partners to supply surgical masks

Kearney has joined forces with Van De Velde and several other partners to supply surgical masks sewed by Van De Velde to the general hospital in Aalst (AlgemeenStedelijkZiekenhuis, ASZ). Microtherm, which is part of the EtexGroup, is cutting the sterile fabric so that larger volumes can be sewn; Jetcar Expressdienst delivers the surgical masks to the hospital –within the space of one hour; and Kearney coordinates the activities between the various companies.

"Solidarity is crucial in these exceptional circumstances. The care sector can use all the support it can get, and we are happy to contribute to this by bringing together parties and coordinating solidarity initiatives."
Yvan Jansen, Senior Partner at Kearney

April 1, 2020

Johnson & Johnson announces a lead vaccine candidate for COVID-19

Johnson & Johnson announced the selection of a lead COVID-19 vaccine candidate from constructs it has been working on since January 2020: the significant expansion of the existing partnership between the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), and the rapid scaling of the company’s manufacturing capacity with the goal of providing global supply of more than one billion doses of a vaccine.

Learn more.

March 31, 2020

AB InBev announces multimillion Euro package of support for European public health workers

AB InBev is producing 50,000 litres of ready-to-use disinfectant alcohol, using the surplus alcohol from its alcohol-free beers, for European hospitals.

A further 26,000 bottles of hand sanitizer have also been produced from the alcohol removed from alcohol-free beers. These 250ml bottles will be given out to pharmacies and frontline workers across Europe.

Find out more.

March 31, 2020

akkanto’s virtual advice hub

Our community member akkanto set up a virtual helpdesk initiative where they give initial advice to companies and federations with regard to their internal and external communication actions. This advice can be both strategic and practical in nature. This is free and non-binding initial advice.

Access akkanto's virtual advice hub here.

March 27, 2020

United Together: United Airlines is flying between Newark and Brussels on March 26 and 27

United Airlines is flying between Newark and Brussels today and tomorrow – the only commercial carrier operating between the US and Belgium at the moment – to help Belgians in the US who have an urgent need to return to Belgium. The airline also has an important but reduced domestic network, connecting to this flight too.

Flight UA999: March 26 and 27 – 8:00 p.m. departure from Newark EWR – 8:05 a.m. arrival in Brussels BRU the next morning. For any urgent help you or your company may need, contact Alexander Vanryckeghem.

In these challenging times, United Airlines plays an essential role in helping to connect people. The airline will rebuild the connections between Brussels and the US at the beginning of May at the earliest.

March 26, 2020

 

Resources and business advice from our member companies about the coronavirus.

Business Continuity

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Coronavirus: what are your options in the event of a disruption in your supply chain?
by EY

How should brands prepare for the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis? 
by EY

COVID-19 – Helping Belgian companies and their stakeholders to avoid in-person meetings
by Osborne Clarke

COVID-19: Is your organization prepared to respond?
by EY

COVID-19: Prepare to Overcome
key takeaways from our webinar led by CS&A International

Communication

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PR in times of Corona, what’s next?
by Whyte Corporate Affairs

Coronavirus: Should my company communicate with its employees
by akkanto

Impact on daily life

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[Links coming soon]

Labor Market

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NSSO procedure and payroll tax
by Group S

COVID-19: Measures for employers
by Group S

Applying for a new job in the time of COVID-19
by Odgers Berndtson

HR-Related Q&A regarding the COVID-19 virus
by  Crowell & Moring

Coronavirus: impact for your HR practice
by Linklaters

Corona impact for employers in Belgium social and labor law updates
by EY

Temporary unemployment due to COVID-19 – significant simplification of procedure
by PwC

Legal Topics

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COVID-19: A Belgian guide to significant commercial and legal issues
by Linklaters

COVID-19: Impact on commercial contracts – Belgium
by Linklaters

COVID-19 Q&A on legal topics
by ALTIUS

Taxation

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COVID-19: The Belgian Federal Government aims to guarantee sufficient financing and liquidity for Belgian enterprises
by PwC

COVID-19: Business Tax
by Deloitte

No VAT on donations of medical supplies to hospitals

Belgian tax measures to mitigate the impact of the Corona crisis
by Tiberghien

Working from home

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Four ways to help you stay productive while working remotely
by Steelcase

Breaking down the distance barrier: how to do teamwork when you can’t be with your team
by Steelcase

 

Online event series that provides a platform for discussion about the human and business impacts of the coronavirus.

 ● More Meetups coming soon. 
 

Past Meetups
 

April 2, 2020 - AmCham Meetup with Karel Joos

How will the rules of lobbying change in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis? Together with David Gaier, AmCham Belgium's Public Affairs Officer, Karel makes sense of public affairs in the post-COVID-19 "new normal" and responds to some of the questions from the audience!

 

The AmCham Belgium team is here if you would like to talk about how the crisis is affecting you and how we can support you in these uncertain times. Schedule a chat with us.