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1) Involvement and expertise


Involvement of all stakeholders (the different bodies, the members, the projects introducers …) is a prerequisite to the success of the activities of the asbl SAKURA Initiative. Social and responsible initiatives take root in the permanent dialogue between the stakeholders in order to reach the necessary compromise between divergent views. The asbl SAKURA Initiative should replicate the same model.

Involvement includes group decision-making, listening to and taking account of others, proactive consultation and participation, consensus, shared responsibility and joint ownership. Involvement means there is no unilateral decision-making. It’s the value of involvement that leads to a sense of ownership.


Sustainability and ethics are high demanding themes in term of knowledge, research and collective awareness.

In order to pursue its vision and to be considered as a credible actor by its peers, the asbl SAKURA Initiative must built up a cluster of high profiles of expertise or experience from the academic (economy, finance, social sciences, …) and professional sectors, or any other domain of activity. They should provide the impetus and inspire the asbl SAKURA Initiative in the definition of its strategy, mission and goals.

To achieve this, the asbl SAKURA Initiative should also implement, comply with and systematically seek out the best practices applied in areas such as : appraisal and monitoring of business and social/environmental activities, social return of investment (SROI) …

In this view, the asbl SAKURA Initiative has decided to take advantage of the “PEERS Direct Investments” methodology, that has been made available for use under a licence agreement.

2) Operational principles

The combination of involvement, structure and process may be synthesized into the following basic principles :

  • decision-making proceeds from shared values, vision and mission, not unilaterally from the Board of Directors or the Délégué Général
  • circles of authority and responsibility are defined clearly and are controlled equal in size by placing limits on authority or by negotiating expectations of responsibility
  • each individual is responsible for creating, owning, understanding and implementing the mission of the asbl SAKURA Initiative
  • the asbl SAKURA Initiative is results-oriented. Indicators and measurements of strategic results might be identified and applied. Monitoring progress towards results and monitoring compliance with limitations form an ongoing process involving the Board of Directors and the Délégué Général
  • accountability is mutual.

3) Board of Directors

- Xavier Heude, President
- Michel Vandevoir, Treasurer
- Pascale Bartz, Secretary
- David Richards
- Francis Hoogewerf