Mundo-Lab, formerly known as Ethical Property Europe, is a unique initiative in ethical investment. We manage business centres that bring NGO's, social companies, community and campaign groups together under one roof where they can share skills and ideas. Our Mundo centres have become focal points for social change.
Tenants-organisations in our centres benefit from an affordable rent, flexible tenancy terms and office space and facilities designed to meet their needs. The centres are also managed to minimize energy use, waste, car travel and harmful materials.
The company's investors gain the security of a property-based investment that moreover contributes to social change.
Mundo-Lab currently manages five Mundo centres in Belgium, and is in the process of raising capital to start up more centres in the country. In the long-term we aim to build a network of centres across Europe, together with our sister-companies in the UK and France (see International).
Ethical Property Europe started in 2008 as a result of a coalition of Belgian environmental NGOs who wanted to acquire and renovate a building to move their offices under one same roof, and which would reflect their image. They collectively grouped under the umbrella of a coop, Maison du Développement Durable SCRL. Ethical Property Europe was born simultaneously. Through their collaborative efforts, they identified, purchased and refurbished Mundo-b, Ethical Property Europe's first centre, on the edge of the European quarter in Brussels.
The centre opened in May 2009, after a 15-months long refurbishment. In 2010 a second centre opened its doors, Mundo-n in Namur. In 2014 Ethical Property Europe opened Mundo-j, a second centre in Brussels. In December 2018, the first centre in Flanders was established: Mundo-a in Antwerp. And finally, in the beginning of 2019, Ethical Property purchased a new property in Brussels to create the 5th centre: Mundo-madou. The building will be renovated in 2019-2020.
Outside Belgium, Ethical Property Europe invested in a similar initiative in France, Étic. In the long term we aim to build a network of centres across Europe.
We used to define our company in the section The company in a nutshell, however during the past year, we decided to rethink and restructure who we are through the Mission Vision Values approach. With this approach we want to provide answers about who we are, what we value, and what we want to become, underlining our strong ethical commitments. Below is a summary of this reflection.
Our mission is to provide sustainable, accessible, and shared property facilities and services for non-profit organisations and social businesses sectors. This is achieved through the following activities:
Our vision is to become the partner of choice wherever there is demand to create and manage sustainable spaces for changemakers. Our vision includes three strategic axes:
Since its creation in 2008, our company is driven by strong social and sustainable values. These values are detailed in the Quintessentials the core principles that apply to all companies within the Ethical Property family. These main values of our company are the following:
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frederic at mundo-lab.org
Supervision of the Hard services-team
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lionel at mundo-lab.org
Supervising the daily management of the centres in terms of reception services, cleanliness, logistics
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catherine at mundo-lab.org
'Soft services' management
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Management and supervision of the construction and renovation projects
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Management of the finance team
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Rental of the offices in the different centres
External communication, press and events
eline at mundo-lab.org
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