Children who open a saving account at Fortis get a present: a roguish piggy-bank, named Knorbert. Throughout the years tens of thousands of kids had received it, but that is now at an end. Knorbert won't be given to kids as a present any more.
A pig is a touchy issue for some of the clients: Jews and Muslims consider it unclean. The bank wrote in an internal document that Knorbert "doesn't fulfill the requirements that the multicultural society places on us any more." the document not to De Telegraaf which published it on the front page. Fortis would have preferred to keep a lower profile on it.
The spokesperson for the Belgian-Dutch bank-insurer did not want to talk about it, but did confirm that Knorbert is out, saying that after seven years he needed to be replaced, and that when making the choice for a new welcome gift, you need to take your public into account. You want to appear to as many people as possible.
According to Fortis there was a 'handful' of complaints about it. They will now think of a new gift.
Fortis is benefiting from the fact that the parliament is currently in recess. In Geert Wilders' party there was nobody around to make a statement.
Source: NRC (Dutch)
See also: Belgium: Halal investments