During the summer of 1850, a small group of monks established themselves on the wild plateau of Scourmont near Chimay. Around the monastery a farm, a brewery, and a cheese plant came to be.
Scourmont Abbey has developed various economic activities, permitting the growth of regional employment.
The Chimay-Wartoise Foundation
This non-profit foundation was created in 1996 upon the initiative of the monastic community of Scourmont Abbey.
Desiring to separate its monastic vocation from the economic preoccupations generated by the development of the enterprises that they have taken upon themselves (brewery, cheese factory, inn, etc.), the Community of Scourmont monks then established the Foundation for the activities of their companies.
The abbey guarantees respect for an essential value: ethics
This is observed throughout the production and marketing of the various products, specifically by means of the following:
- Most of the income from sales is used for social aid
- Very particular attention is paid to the moderate consumption of the products
- Those who work to make these products are respected and valued
- The ingredients used are totally natural and protected.