Graduate from the University of Rotterdam and Tilburg and holder of a doctorate in social ethics from the University of Utrecht, Dr Jacques van der Horst began his career as an Industrial pastor in the Breda diocese, in Netherlands. In 1990, he became a Member of the Executive Board of the trade union FNV Bondgenoten where he held various positions, including Vice-President of the European Confederation of Agricultural Trade Unions (Brussels) and Vice-President of the World Confederation of Agricultural Trade Unions (Geneva).
From 2001 to 2011, He joined Achmea as the Principal advisor board. He was in particular in charge of the secretariat of the CSR Committee and the Ethics Committee. Finally, he held the position of Director client relations at MN until 2016.
In parallel to his career, Dr Jacques van der Horst has also held several mandates, including Chairman of the Central Client Council Clariane Netherlands (Clariane Netherlands Stakeholder Council) or Board member company pension fund MN.