SQUARE is situated in Mont-des-Arts, an area that today packs in a fine combination of culture, energy, business and leisure. Steeped in history, it was once a medieval palace for the Dukes of Brabant and then a centre of European power under the Hapsburgs where Belgium's first sovereign took his oath in 1831. Mont-des-Arts’ fortunes changed however and it’s wealthy streets were transformed into a slum. Eventually, its dwellings were torn down and replaced with a park which played host to the Exposition Universelle et Internationale, a world exhibition, in 1910. Ever-changing, the Mont Des Arts was rebuilt in 1958 housing the Royal Library of Belgium and The Congress Center of Brussels that it is today. Situated close to the European institutions, the Mont-des-Arts has come full circle, finding itself once again closely linked to the centre of power in Europe.
SQUARE proudly holds the first star of the Ecodynamic label which is awarded by the Brussels Environment agency. We are working hard to win a second and leading this challenge are our two eco-coordinators, who make sure that Team SQUARE consistently improves the sustainability of our infrastructure and services.
This is underpinned by the Think Green policy initiated by GL events, which focuses on saving energy, better waste management, and making sure that our complete supply chain adheres to our environmental commitment.
GL events runs three initiatives across its international network to carry through on the promises made in its CSR charter. One of these is Think People which is co-managed by the human resources department and has five key objectives:
• To identify talent
• Foster the transmission of know-how and skills
• Promote diversity
• Improve the quality of life in the workplace
• Ensure the responsible management of subcontractors
SQUARE fully embraces its urban surroundings and is involved in local projects like Open Wall and Urban-Jam, where street artists can express themselves and the public can enjoy their work. For the budding hip hop dancers, a mirror wall has been set up at the entrance of SQUARE to help them try out new moves. SQUARE supports and is a partner of events such as the LISTEN digital music festival, Brussels Fashion Days, Urban Trail, Magritte du Cinema, Exhibition Femmes Fatales and several other artistic and caritative projects.