September 05, 2007 03:26 ET

Fortis establishes international CSR Advisory Board

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - September 5, 2007) -

Fortis is proud to announce it has established an international Advisory Board for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The Board, representing the academic world, NGOs, CSR research and business, will act as a sounding board and advisory body on CSR topics to Fortis's Executive Committee and senior management.

Lex Kloosterman comments: "We are very pleased and honoured that these experts, each unique in their own field, are willing to help Fortis in advancing its efforts in corporate social responsibility. Their wide-ranging expertise and backgrounds will broaden our perspective and help us achieve our goal to become one of the leading financials in this area."

Members of the Fortis CSR Advisory Board:

  * Michael Braungart, Professor of Process Engineering at
    Universität Lüneburg, Founder of EPEA International
    Umweltforschung, Co-founder of McDonough Braungart Design
  * Stephen Brenninkmeijer, Chairman of the Network For Training
    Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Germany, Non-Executive Director of
  * Jermyn Brooks, Board Member of Transparency International
  * Malini Mehra, Founder and CEO of Centre for Social Markets
  * Kees Koedijk, Professor of Financial Management and Dean of the
    Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Tilburg
  * S. Prakash Sethi, University Distinguished Professor, Zicklin
    School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York,
    President of International Center for Corporate Accountability
  * Tensie Whelan, Executive Director of Rainforest Alliance

Lex Kloosterman, Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Fortis Executive Committee, will chair the Advisory Board, which will meet twice a year. The first meeting will be held in November 2007.

For more information about CSR at Fortis, please visit

Fortis is an international financial services provider engaged in banking and insurance. We offer our personal, business and institutional customers a comprehensive package of products and services through our own channels, in collaboration with intermediaries and through other distribution partners. With a market capitalisation of EUR 35.1 billion (31/08/2007), Fortis ranks among the twenty largest financial institutions in Europe. Our sound solvency position, our presence in 50 countries and our dedicated, professional workforce of 60,000 enable us to combine global strength with local flexibility and provide our clients with optimum support. More information is available at

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