Unchanged since 1975, our mission remains our “raison d'être”: to help men and women from different cultures and backgrounds to communicate and understand each other better.
Editorial by Jean de Villeneuve Bargemont - CERAN General Manager
A commitment to society
When CERAN was founded in 1975, founders Monique and René Bastin wanted to include an inspiring commitment to society in the company’s mission: to help men and women from different cultures and backgrounds to communicate and understand each other better.
This strong commitment to placing people and their development at the heart of our corporate mission has always guided CERAN throughout the different chapters of its history and its talents in the positions they have taken.
Our corporate values and culture, embodied daily by our talents, also contribute to our mission and inspire our learners.
Commitment to the learner
Our mission is reflected in our constant commitment to the learner.
This is reflected in the diversity of participants from all over the world that we welcome to our language immersion programs, both adults and juniors, as well as in our support for companies and their talents in meeting their intercultural challenges.
CERAN has always welcomed and trained participants from all backgrounds, rejecting all forms of discrimination. The diversity of its participants has always been a priority, and CERAN has always worked to welcome and open up its training courses to as many people as possible.
A commitment to preserving heritage and the environment
The Château du Haut-Neubois, the cradle of our history, was built in 1908 and acquired in 1983, enabling us to contribute to the preservation of an iconic monument in the spa town of Spa, set in a green setting in the heart of the Belgian Ardennes.
CERAN is keen to combine heritage preservation with sustainable development, and over the years has undertaken a number of site renovation and development projects to offer a unique, environmentally-conscious learning experience.
Our commitment to CSR
Inspired by the CSR commitment and approach of the Châteauform' group, which it joined in 2019, CERAN has undertaken a formalization of its present commitment and future vision on various CSR themes.
We have undertaken to be supported by an independent organization, Ecovadis, in order to highlight our societal commitments and identify areas for progress.
We have chosen to focus our efforts and commitment on two specific social issues. The first is the theme of diversity and inclusion, echoing our corporate mission and motivated by a long-term partnership with the Live in Color association.
The second is the carbon footprint of our training courses, particularly distance learning, a fast-growing activity within the Group.
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Our ReSpEct philosophy in three parts
Our social projects
As part of our commitment to providing access to our training courses for all, we are involved in partnerships with associations promoting access to education.
King Baudoin Foundation
Among CERAN’s actions to promote diversity and inclusion, we have forged a partnership with the King Baudoin Foundation to support the training of young people aged 12 to 17 taking part in the Boost program.
Live in color
For several years now, we have also been supporting a specific societal project linked to the education of adults and children from immigrant backgrounds.
This project was initiated by the Live in color association, a citizens’ initiative born in 2015.
Portrait of the women who make up CERAN
Discover our interviews on Diversity and Inclusion
To mark International Women’s Rights Day, we wanted to highlight the role of women at CERAN through this portrait of some of the women who make CERAN what it is.
Video: What does it mean to speak 𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝘁y & 𝗜𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 in business? (Part I)
In this interview, Nadine Lino, founder of Live in Color Association and our General Manager, Jean de Villeneuve shed light on their vision of these concepts and the reasons behind the partnership between CERAN and Live in Color Association.
Video: What does “Diversity & Inclusion” mean in the workplace? (Part II)
In this cross-interview, Nadine Lino, Founder & Director of the Live in Color Association, introduces us to the “Job Diversity Programme.“
Meanwhile, Jean de Villeneuve Bargemont, our General Manager, explains how CERAN supports this wonderful initiative and shares his feedback.
Discover the CSR highlights that punctuate our year
These events are genuine invitations to reflection, celebration and action to shape a more inclusive and supportive society, while respecting our precious environment.