Forum Ethibel’s activities consist of three main pillars: ‘Trendsetter’, ‘Tailor-made support’ and ‘Social embedding’. The third pillar reflects our goal of creating social added value and contributing to society.
We achieve this by carrying out research and studies on the one hand, and organising social audits on the other.
One of the tasks of Forum Ethibel is to carry out social audits to determine the social impact of an organization. In the same way as a financial audit demonstrates the financial health of a company, a social audit indicates its social-ethical health.
A social audit is a process initiating a dialogue between a company and its stakeholders. The dialogue examines the extent to which a company meets its mission and the expectations of its shareholders. Therefore, social audits are an excellent combination of hard, quantitative data in conjunction with dialogue and the vision of the parties involved.
Forum Ethibel carries out annual social audits on behalf of Ressources: the Federation of Enterprises in the Social Economy (SEC).
Ressources developed Solid’R, which is an ethical label for social economy organizations that are active in the recycling, collection and sale of second-hand textiles and goods and that voluntarily respect certain ethical and solidarity principles. The label’s purpose is to distinguish these players from private players in the reuse and recycling market.
In 2018, the Belgian label was raised to a European level. Since then, the seventeen organisations that have been awarded the label have been supplemented by six new members.