Imec aims to be the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. As a trusted partner for companies, startups and academia we bring together brilliant minds from all over the world in a creative and stimulating environment. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of diverse partners across a multitude of industries, we are accelerating progress towards a connected, sustainable future.
Work alongside 4,000 researchers at imec. Researchers at HR, researchers in the process and the fab, researchers at the technical department, researchers at the cafeteria and researchers at the research department, of course.
A brilliant idea needs the best colleagues, the best working environment and a cleanroom that is amazingly clean. And most importantly, it needs research. Research that leads to nanotechnology to detect cancer cells, software for self-driving vehicles, bendable displays and renewable energy sources. All this comes from combined research by different people. The most advanced equipment can only deliver the most desired results if the people using these tools join forces. From the ground floor up to the 15th floor. They all need to be on the same level.
Technology starts with people. At imec the names include Hilde, Kim, Praveen and Umberto. 97 nationalities. 4,000 researchers who make our company grow. 4,000 researchers who grow at our company.
In this story everybody has a role, whether it be a leading or a supporting one. Because in ten years from now someone somewhere will live a better life thanks to you and your team at imec.
Imec's Good Governance Charter prescribes a reasoned system of good governance, taking into account the specific mission and status of imec as a non-profit organization.
The charter is a guideline for a balanced, clear, and transparent distribution of authority and responsability, outlining the processes of accountability and liability. The charter also contains a code of conduct for all employees of imec.
This charter will strengthen the long-term development and growth of imec.
Download imec's Good Governance Charter here.
In 2015, The United Nations defined 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a follow-up to the well-known Millennium Goals. The aim is to bring together countries, companies and individuals to achieve these targets by 2030.
As an internationally-oriented pioneer in advanced technology, imec has great potential to contribute to these goals. We want to bring sustainability and social responsibility to the heart of R&D. To do this, we have selected 8 Sustainable Development Goals to focus on.
RVO Society targets young people (aged 5-25) and wants to spark their interest in science and technology. A hub between research and education, RVO Society translates companies' and research centers' innovation knowledge into research projects and educational activities for young people.
RVO Society was established in 2000 in memory of Roger Van Overstraeten (RVO), imec's founder and first CEO. Our main partners are the Flemish Government, the Flemish universities, imec, Agoria and Cera.
In its quality policy, imec engages to deliver research results that meet the demands and expectations of its current and future customers.
Imec uses for this purpose a structured and documented quality management system based on the NBN-EN-ISO 9001:2015 standard.
The ISO 9001 certificate strengthens imec’s competitive position as an international research center.
Imec Belgium has an ISO 9001 certificate for the following activities: training, consulting, design, research, development, integration, characterisation, prototyping and low volume production. These activities apply to processes, systems and software in the field of nanoelectronics and nanotechnology.
In 1994, imec's departments for solar cells and for silicon processing were the first to receive an ISO 9001 certificate. The first ISO 9001 certificate for the whole of imec Belgium was awarded by SGS in 1997. Since 2005, the audits have been done by Kiwa Belgium NV.
Imec’s policy on research integrity focuses on stimulating 'good research practices'. Some clear definitions are helpful and necessary.
The 'codes of conduct' at a Belgian and European level are our reference framework.
Imec has installed a Commission on Scientific Integrity (CSI), which is responsible for imec's policy on research integrity. This Commission also deals with cases of possible research misconduct, such as plagiarism, falsification or fabrication of data. The procedure for dealing with research integrity problems can be found here.
Imec is also member of the Flemish Commission of Scientific Integrity (VCWI). People that are involved in cases of possible research misconduct can ask this commission for a second opinion, after the CSI of imec has come to a conclusion on that case.
The Code of Conduct for imec’s partners describes imec’s values, mission, vision, and general ethical working principles. Imec believes that mutual respect for this Code of Conduct is a guarantee for building a trustworthy, fruitful, and professional collaboration between imec and its partners.
Through its research and associated efforts, imec aims for the long-term perspective of a better life in a better society. To this end, imec works closely with partners such as suppliers, research partners and customers.
Imec holds itself to a standard of full compliance with all applicable laws and regulations of the countries where it operates, and we expect the same of our partners. Moreover, regardless of their physical location, they shall conduct all their business with imec in a manner compatible with this Code of Conduct.
These values, mission, vision, and general working principles are also described in imec's internal regulations, policies, and internal Ethics Code of Conduct.