For seven years now, the prestigious Family Business Award of Excellence has been awarded the most exemplary family businesses in Belgium by EY, in association with FBN Belgium, Guberna, BNP Paribas Fortis and Mediafin. The award highlights family businesses that excel in corporate governance, within the family and the business, in their vision and the upholding of family values and in the transmission of entrepreneurship between generations. Communication, sustainable growth and social engagement are also key criteria which the jury takes into account in conferring the award.
The jury, chaired by Guido Vanherpe, CEO of La Lorraine Bakery Group, elected Cartamundi as ambassador. The two other finalists were Lannoo and Stadsbader.
Cartamundi embodies all aspects of being a worthy ambassador of the Family Business Award of Excellence. The company exudes the passion, courage, and values of a true family business, built by 2 separate families, each owning 50% of the shares, and consciously having the company run by professional non-family CEOs / managers and this also want to have it done this way in the future. It is a wonderful family business that has become a world leader in its industry, not only thanks to strong growth and bold acquisitions in several continents, but also thanks to smart technological innovations that have enabled digital acceleration in the rather conservative playing cards sector.
Cartamundi now joins the international club of family businesses which have won the trophy in the 25 countries in which EY organizes the award.