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Executive Remuneration Research Centre

Building the future of rewards

Drive value creation and attract and retain the very best senior leaders

Designing and implementing a sustainable executive reward policy allows your company to attract, retain and motivate the very best senior leadership - and create long-term value.

But there are challenges – from decision-making, through to designing and evaluating impact and disclosing remuneration. We have more than 15 years’ experience of developing competitive, effective and future-proof strategies that align with culture and strategic objectives.


Join a powerful community

Become part of a powerful, knowledge-driven community when you join the Executive Remuneration Research Centre. We unite compensation and benefits, reward managers, HR managers, leaders and members of remuneration committees.

Our members are change-makers and thought leaders from about 25 organisations. Join them to share insights and experiences, take part in networking and curated events – and access research that can change your game.


Research to power your company

As a member, you take part in academic and practical research that’s aligned to the needs of your organisation. We cover subjects including strategic alignment of executive rewards, sustainable rewards, transparency and disclosure, stakeholder engagement, behavioural outcomes – and an annual review of executive remuneration in Europe.

We translate learnings into business testimonials, comparative studies, action learning, tools and concepts to support you as you build your reward strategy.

2016 Experience Vlerick Day

Network, explore, deepen your thinking

Join us to take part in interactive networking activities where you exchange ideas and experiences with experts and peers. You’ll participate in webinars and workshops that combine academic insights, practice-oriented research and open knowledge sharing.

At our annual Executive Remuneration Conference, you’ll discover in-depth analysis of annual reports of quoted companies across 16 European countries. And our team is on hand to consider company-specific issues – and act as a sounding board.

Recent research

CEO Motives Study

Business Leaders is the largest network of CEOs, general directors and entrepreneurs in the Netherlands and Belgium. We asked almost 1,000 of them what drives and motivates them most.

What to Reward Executives for?

This paper offers a guide to improving the choice of key performance indicators. It provides a taxonomy of performance metrics in executive incentives, as well as an overview of business practice. Its aim is to take a broad and non-prescriptive perspective.

Partners & members


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Expert faculty

Xavier Baeten

Xavier Baeten

Professor of Reward & Sustainability

Xavier Baeten is highlighting the vital role of rewarding in helping organisations deliver their strategy and gain competitive advantage.


Join us

When you join the centre, you become part of an exclusive network that’s driven by knowledge of executive remuneration. You’ll find a combination of expertise, discovery and reflection – as well as independent thinking, inspiration and an open and collaborative culture that allows you to have even greater impact.

As a step up from membership, you could consider becoming a centre partner. As a partner, you’d be actively involved in co-defining our strategy and research focus.

Get in touch

Jolien De Winne

Jolien De Winne

Assistant Vlerick Reward Centre