Cooperation with cooperatives
BelOrta is an active member in collaborative alliances such as the Belgian Association of Horticultural Auctions [Verbond van Belgische Tuinbouwcoöperaties, or VBT for short] and Logistical and Administrative Auction Association [Logistieke en Administratieve Veiling Associatie, abbreviated as LAVA].
In addition to this, we seek cooperation with industry associations, companies and services that enhance knowledge and skills, both for BelOrta as a company and for the member cooperatives.
These kinds of collaborations are not restricted to regional or national initiatives; instead they go beyond to fit within European and global platforms or initiatives.
BelOrta is an active ambassador for the ICA Compass. This initiative aims to be a tool and a guiding landmark for startup cooperatives that, just like BelOrta, hold ICA principles dear.
These ICA principles include:
voluntarily and open membership
ICA 2: democratic control by the members
ICA 3: economic participation
ICA 4: autonomy and independence
ICA 5: education, training and information provider
ICA 6: cooperation among cooperatives
ICA 7: concern for the community