Women in Business in Belgium

Belgium is a somewhat conservative country (as is the Netherlands) and women do not play a very significant role in the senior levels of Belgian business. Although a high percentage of women are employed in the workforce it is highly unusual for them to progress rapidly up the corporate ladder.

As with the rest of Europe this situation is in a state of flux and things are changing — but slowly.

Foreign businesswomen working in Belgium are unlikely to meet any gender-generated resistance.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Belgium

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Belgium. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Belgium and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips