BEES, which stands for Brussels ecological, economical and social, is a cooperative that offers new forms of grocery consuming in a the form of a participatory supermarket. The goal is to make cheap quality food accessible that is respectful of the environment and humans. BEES is a non-profit coop supermarket, which allows its members to purchase discounted items directly from wholesalers, growers and producers. the concept is based on a participatory model in which members are involved in the decision making process, workgroups and the purchasing groups. The cost reduction is included in the system by the direct purchases and only requires a few hours of operational tasks per month in return. The goal is to offer an alternative to mass distribution based on the mobilization and active participation of members in running the store. They also host a restaurant and offer cooking courses.
The Bees-coop project is supported by the network and ADES Brussels Environment.