VITO is an independent Flemish research organisation in the area of cleantech and sustainable development. Our goal? To accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.

Mission

Mission

We accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We reduce the risk of innovation for companies and strengthen the economic and social fabric of Flanders with interdisciplinary research and large-scale demonstrators.

Goals

  • Accelerate the transition to a competitive, clean and secure energy system in Flanders and the world
  • Introduce short material cycles to set up ecosystems throughout the world for circular economy
  • Radically reduce the consumption of fossil-based feedstocks and energy within the Flemish chemical sector
  • Facilitate innovative, preventive and affordable healthcare, underpinned by measuring instruments and data
  • Stimulate sustainable use of space and water, with links to health, agriculture and more

Board of Directors

President: ir. Ingrid Vanden Berghe

Members: em. prof. dr. Harry Martens, ir. Dirk Fransaer, mrs Elke Van de Walle, mr Michel Meeus, mrs Claire Renders, ir. Ingrid Vanden Berghe, mr Wim Van den Abbeele, mr Eric Vermeylen, mrs Caroline Ven, ir. Marc Decorte, prof. dr. Isabel Van Driessche, prof. dr. Luc De Schepper

Government Commissioners:  mr Eric Sleeckx, mrs. Nele Roobrouck

Observers: mr Frank Gérard (PMV), Wesley Boënne (VITO), mr Maarten Spruyt (VITO) 

Executive Committee

Managing Director: Dirk Fransaer

Director Research & Development: Walter Eevers

Director Human Resources and General Services: Agnes Bosmans

Director of Finance: Rob Fabry

Commercial Director: Bruno Reyntjens

Corporate Governance

Audit Committee

VITO has had an Audit Committee with an internal audit function within VITO since 2006. The creation of such an Audit Committee and an internal audit function is in line with the good governance structure that VITO aspires.

The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors in its supervisory function, especially in reviewing:

  • the financial information
  • internal controls and risk management
  • the audit process

Members are:

  • Michel Meeus (chair)
  • Harry Martens (chairman Board of Directors)
  • Jan De Landsheer
  • Frank Gérard

Corporate Governance

VITO strives to implement the following principles in the area of good governance:

  • Principle 1. The Flemish community acts as an active and informed shareholder and develops a clear and consistent ownership strategy for VITO.
  • Principle 2. The Board of Directors at VITO possesses the required autonomy, competences and objectivity to execute its responsibilities concerning the strategic management and control of executive management.
  • Principle 3. The Board of Directors at VITO is compiled in a professional manner with required attention given to diversity and compatibility.
  • Principle 4. The Board of Directors at VITO performs its tasks in an effective and efficient manner and thus makes a valuable contribution to the realisation of VITO’s objectives.
  • Principle 5. The Board of Directors at VITO establishes specialised committees that help the Board to execute its tasks.
  • Principle 6. VITO has a professional and authorised Directors committee, which is managed by the executive manager and is responsible for the operational management at VITO.
  • Principle 7. VITO guarantees appropriate disclosure of the principles adhered to in the interest of good management.
  • Principle 8. VITO wants to implement the principles of social and sustainable entrepreneurship.

Quality, safety and environment

To fulfill its mission, the policy of VITO is to integrate quality, health & safety and environmental characteristics into the scope of its business, viewing them as opportunities for improvement. By clicking on the link below you will find the integrated Quality, health & safety and environment policy declaration.

Via the implementation of these guidelines, VITO strives towards the continuous improvement of its quality, health & safety and environmental performances, through measurable objectives and management regulations.

Key principles

  • Compliancy to the legal requirements
  • Proactive management by taking the necessary preventive measures to avert injuries or illness and any environmental damage
  • Eliminate QHSE incidents
  • Promotion of safe and environmentally conscious behaviour among all employees
  • Consistently provide high standard services that  meet the expectations of our customers
  • Continuous improvement

The directors and managers fully commit themselves and expect all co-workers to fully implement these policy principles on a daily basis, inside and outside the organisation.

QHSE integrated policy

Certifications

ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 certificate

Third party safety regulations

General & environment and safety regulations for coworkers of third parties and contractors

 

 

 

 

VITO’s research is based solidly on sustainability. However, VITO also wishes to play an exemplary role by continuing to make its organisation more sustainable. We are doing this in the OnePlanet@VITO project. 

The VITO organizational values support the VITO change vision. They are meant to be more than just a picture on the wall, a company culture based on these values can drive the VITO strategy to results. The resulting behaviour and the actions that people take building on these values, that is what makes the difference. The VITO Code of Conduct, together with the mission and values, forms an essential part of our VITO culture.

Our projects are highly varied, as our clients come from both the industry and the government, in our country and abroad. Speaking of an international, open and diverse working environment: no fewer than 100 of our 750 employees come from outside Belgium, because at VITO they have found a unique environment where they can make full use of their R&D talents. Here you can build up a valuable professional network that you can rely on throughout your career.

Our R&D positions cover a wide spectrum. This gives you a choice as a researcher between opportunities and challenges in our various units and segments. And there is more: we commit ourselves to creating an excellent research environment, among other things, by having a clear HR strategy for researchers.