In all civil society groupings of like-minded people, an agreed and ordered structure serves to enable a body to meet the prescriptions of its members. In this regard FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, is no different. Formed under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code, FIATA’s Statutes govern the operation of the entity to its members.
The term ‘member’ used in the not-for-profit sector describes many different sets of people. At FIATA, however, member has a specific legal meaning defined in Article 4.1. This article addresses core FIATA members with voting rights; that is Association Members. Such entities have satisfied the requirements of formal membership, complied with the application process, and been approved by the General Meeting on a motion of the Presidency (Article 4.2 applies).
Understanding the definition of a FIATA Association Member is important for several reasons, which include:
Association Members can have rights and obligations under both the Swiss Civil Code, as well as the FIATA Statutes themselves. These Statures form an agreement between FIATA and its members. As to Association Members’ rights, it is important that their respective delegates are familiar with the FIATA Statutes and policy documents as set out in the FIATA Association Policy Handbook.
OVERVIEW OF GENERAL MEMBERS’ RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS
As to the above, Article 5 and 7 of the Statutes should be read in conjunction with FIATA Policy Documents.
This brief overview of rights and obligations was to be provided to Association Member delegates at the FIATA HQ meeting in March 2020, as the first in a series of presentations to strengthen the aspect Know your FIATA over future HQ meetings. We hope to complete the articles in future sessions at the HQ meeting in March 2021.