Partners

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They support us

Innoviris

organization which supports technological innovation through the funding of research projects in Brussels.

    • FALCOOP: Co-partner in the Falcoop project to ensure the coherence link to the objective of social mix within the BEES Coop: http ://www.ulb.ac.be//ceese/
    • ChOUD: Co-partner in the Choud’Bruxelles project for the setting up of a sustainable logistic platform of urban short circuit.

Bruxelles-Environnement

Environnement and Energy administration of the Bruxelles-Capitale Region

Céline Frémault

Ministre in charge of housing, quality of life, environment and energy within the Government of the Brussels Region.

SAW-B

Federation of alternatives in Wallonia and Brussels in the field of social economy(saw-b). The affiliation to the federation is in process. This partnership will allow the BEES Coop to receive support for the development of the governance aspects of the future cooperative.

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Coaching in the project’s implementation, especially regarding management consulting: http://www.factorx.eu/

Village partenaire

Coaching in the project’s elaboration and implementation (inter alia for the business plan) and its inclusion in a sustainable development perspective.

http://www.villagepartenaire.com/

Impulse Bruxelles

Coaching in the elaboration of the business model and financial plan; legal advice. http ://www.abe-bao.be/fr

They believe in BEES coop

Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Olivier De Schutter

Special UN Rapporteur on the right to food (2008-2014) and co-president of the international panel of experts on sustainable food systems (IPES-Food).
The participative and cooperative supermarket that the BEES Coop project seeks to launch is a response to three needs: first, the need to contribute to making sustainable food consumption affordable to all by encouraging the diffusion of sustainable food consumption principles to populations from humble background who often feel excluded from it; the need to allow the co-operator to take part in the life of the supermarket, favouring the (re-)creation of social links while ensuring the economic viability of the supermarket; and finally, the need to allow Brussels to catch up with Brooklyn and Paris where similar projects have been launched or are being launched today, at the cutting edge of social innovation. I’m delighted to support the BEES Coop project, which, I’m convinced, opens up avenues for the future.

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Tom Booth

Founder of La Louve cooperative in Paris
We believe in this model because we have seen it at work, live, during our numerous visits to the Park Slope Food Coop in New York. In this large cosmopolitan city, the Park Slope Coop is the most effective supermarket (in terms of turnover by square metre per year). And it is for that very reason that we find it interesting: it works. The model significantly improves access to healthy and quality food, it creates a dynamic and democratic atmosphere, without sentimentality nor dumbing down; it is profitable. So, for us, it is a perfect combination of idealism and pragmatism.

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Solène Sureau

Administrator of the GASAP network

The BEES Coop project seeks to combine fairness for producers, accessibility and respect for the environment, in a dynamic where customers participate and have a say in what they purchase; the BEEs coop, in a way, is a GASAP that thinks big!

This future cooperative supermarket means more links and conviviality within neighbourhoods, a support to the local economy and a promising model of entrepreneurship. I hope that the BEES Coop will manage to provide a maximum of Brusselers with healthy and fair food, and will inspire others.

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Sylvie Annet

Chargé de mission to the development of networks within BioWallonie
Biowallonie, as a supervising structure for the organic sector in Wallonia, supports the BEES Coop project. Indeed, the cooperative store matches the philosophy of short food circuits we promote, through encouraging partnerships of solidarity between producers and consumers and, in a long term perspective, in fostering the development of a local economy. It is one more tool to promote quality products from our Walloon organic producers, while offering them sustainable market opportunities.

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FIAN Belgique

ONG struggling for the right to food

Here comes a project that intends to take part in a new food system, more equitable and sustainable. It’s  very good news for all those who, like us, fight daily for the respect for the right to food and food sovereignty in the North as well as in the South. The BEES coop is an example to be followed. And to be supported!

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Pierre Gillet

Village Partenaire
BEES COOP is a joint project of sustainable food, managed by its members and integrating the core values of sustainable development.

The model of participative supermarket is a response to the excesses of the large conventional retailers and will offer the inhabitants of Brussels a great opportunity of supply. BEES COOP can be assured of the support of Village Partenaire.

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Christophe Kevelaer

Adviser in the COOPBURO

Coopburo supports the contemporary interpretation and development of any form of cooperative entrepreneurship. A special attention is given to sustainable economic models with a strong implication of members and this, in a wide social context.

In this respect, the BEES Coop is a promising project!

In resting on its members’ mobilisation and active involvement, the BEES Coop ensures that the economy is put in the service of individuals and not the opposite. Rather than the short term maximisation of profit for a few, it favours indeed, the interests of all stakeholders in the long run.

Furthermore, the BEES coop is a plausible (part of the) solution to societal issues and challenges such as the struggle for the right to quality food, the improvement of the image and liveliness of popular neighbourhoods, a strong citizen implication […], and finally, the development of a circular, sustainable economy, promoting solidarity and benefiting both consumers/co-operators, farmers/local producers and the environment. We share the enthusiasm of the BEES Coop for its project of cooperative supermarket based on cooperation, collaboration and democracy, and on a model which has already proven itself abroad.

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Ho Chul Chantraine 

Agricovert, social purpose cooperative

In what respects do you find the model of participative supermarket interesting?

It allows to make the consum’actor responsible and is a way of raising awareness of a different mode of consumption in which producers are to be best remunerated in relation to their production costs – and not the contrary, when the distributor is the one generating the maximum profit.

Why do you support the BEES Coop?

Because it is an alternative project that brings another model of participative consumption that takes the producers’ reality into account.

How is such a project an answer to your dreams/hopes for change?

Such a project perfectly matches our vision of another model of consumption which combines consumers’ with producers’ needs.

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Lodhi – Project manager/mission head, “Women and family” project

In what respects do you find the model of participative supermarket interesting?

The BEES coop project is interesting because it fits with a process of continuing education, which we implement with the neighbourhood inhabitants; an approach in which we place the citizen in the very heart of a change of society.

Why do you support the BEES Coop?

For more than a year, our association has been working with a group of residents on the theme of “sustainable consumption”. It turns out that, even though the persons     are now aware of this idea, putting it into practice remains  difficult because of several obstacles:
– the price
– the location of organic shop which aren’t situated nearby
– the content of organic baskets, which often contain vegetables we don’t use.

How is such project an answer to your dreams/hopes for change?

The project is an opportunity to take part in a more equitable and more sustainable society, and this matches the philosophy of our organisation.

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Bouillon de Cultures

Samantha – head of Health & Sustainable Food projects

Bouillon de Cultures, a community centre situated in the Coteaux-Josaphat neighbourhood in Schaerbeek, gladly supports the BEES COOP project. We have been commited to sustainable food dynamics for several years and are very happy to see this sort of project take place in an underprivileged neighbourhood of Brussels.

The cooperative model of BEES COOP seems particularly adequate to invite local people into a sustainable food project. This project may well be a excellent gateway to food habits generally reserved to higher social strata. Aware that food is a potent intercultural connector, Bouillon de Culture has been organizing workshops about sustainable food for a number of years.

A project such as BEES COOP allows as to go even further by offering a close-by source of sustainable products at accessible prices. We see in this project a possibility to bridge the gap between the ideal world of consumer habits respectful of seasonality and locality ( but with products that are generally unavailable in underprivileged areas)  and the practical reality of the people in the neighbourhood.