The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers were published by the European Commission in 2005. Through the implementation of this Charter, the European Commission aims to contribute to the development of an attractive, open and sustainable European labour market for researchers. All Flemish research institutions have signed onto the Charter.
The European Commission supports research institutions with the elaboration and implementation of the Charter & Code via the HR Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R) project. Institutions who can demonstrate that their HR policy seeks to conform to the Charter, are awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" logo.
As a Member of the European Commission's HR Strategy Group, the FWO has elaborated a strategy to promote research careers in Flanders. On the basis of this strategy, the European Commission awarded the FWO with the "HR excellence in research" label in 2010, thereby recognising the efforts by the FWO to maximise career opportunities for researchers.