The purpose of this charter is to put in place the rules to be applied by all members to ensure safety both for the customers and the fix or co-working member centres. Some of these rules govern the relationship between customers and members of BWA while others regulate relations between members and third parties. These rules together comprise the charter.
The members of BWA guarantee their customers the following minimum services:
The office package must, at a minimum, include the following items:
Members undertake to make a list available to the customers specifying the consumables that can be supplied and their prices
(to be amended after “projet de loi portant enregistrement des prestataires de services aux sociétés)
Members undertake to notify the VAT administration of the departures of customers and of their new address, where known. Members shall also notify the VAT administration of the reasons for customer departures. A subscription invoice more than two months overdue shall result in cancellation of the contract and the VAT administration shall be notified.
Members undertake, during the signing of any contract, to obtain the documents listed below from the new customer:
All contracts will be accompanied by the prior payment of a security deposit equivalent to minimum two months usage fees. An exception can be made, however, for coworking or contracts for three months or less. The member shall have the option of billing the whole subscription immediately, payable in advance.
Members are not allowed to poach staff working for other members. Poaching is taken to mean open or insidious voluntary action for the purpose of obtaining the services of a person working for another member.
Members are also prohibited from poaching the customers of other members both by making direct contact and by indirect actions such as mailshots sent to the addresses of the customers of another member. Personal action taken by the customer to receive offers from another member shall not be considered poaching.
Members may be monitored by an internal or external Oversight Committee, consisting of three individuals, appointed annually by the General Assembly with minimum representation of 1/2 of the BWA members.
Failure to comply with this charter shall be subject to penalty, ranging from simple reprimand to definitive exclusion of the member. An infringement considered sufficiently serious by the committee may give rise to an Extraordinary General Assembly to endorse or reject the decision of the Oversight Committee.
This charter may be amended at each General Assembly, with the agreement of at least 50% of the members present or represented at the General Assembly.
The membership at our association, Belgian Workspace Association, is for minimum 3 years.