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Statutes

Statutes of Good For My Planet association

STATUTES OF THE GOOD FOR MY PLANET ASSOCIATION

Legal form, purpose and headquarters

I.  Article 1

Under the name of Good For My Planet, a non-profit association has been created, governed by these Articles of Association and by Articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code.

II.  Article 2

The GOOD FOR MY PLANET association aims to promote and rally actions, projects and services for the good of the planet.

To achieve this goal, the association proposes specifically to :

  • Create a community dedicated to the protection of the planet;
  • Exchange knowledge and expertise in the field of sustainability ;
  • Support and implement sustainable action projects;
  • Develop and implement events and training courses;
  • Promote sustainable products and services;
  • Promote good practices in resource management;
  • Encourage innovation;
  • Align ethical and sustainable projects
III.       Article 3

The headquarters of the Association are in Gland, VD. Its duration is unlimited.

Organisation

IV.       Article 4

The association is composed of members and the following bodies:

  1. General Assembly
  2. Committee
  3. Auditors
V.       Article 5

The Association’s resources are made up of:

  • the ordinary or extraordinary membership fees,
  • donations, or legacies,
  • by products of the Association’s activities and, where appropriate,
  • by subsidies from public authorities.

The financial year begins on 1 January and ends on 31 December of each year.

Its commitments are guaranteed by its assets, to the exclusion of any personal liability of its members.

Members

VI.     Article 6

An individual member of the association is any physical person interested in achieving the objectives set out in art. 2 and agrees to adhere to the present statutes and undertakes to respect them and pay the membership fees. By decision of the Committee, the membership fee may exceptionally be waived for an active member.

In addition to the above conditions, organisations (legal entities) shall submit an application for membership which will be validated by the Committee.

VII.     Article 7

The Association is composed of :

  • individual members;
  • collective members.
VIII.     Art. 8

Applications for admission shall be addressed to the Committee. The Committee shall admit new members and inform the General Assembly.

IX.       Art. 9

The Committee shall admit new members and inform the General Assembly.

Membership is lost:

  • a) through resignation. In any case the membership fee for the year shall remain due.
  • b) through expulsion for “just reasons”.
  • c) through death
  • d) Repeated non-payment of membership fees (two years) shall result in exclusion from the Association.

Exclusion is the responsibility of the Committee. The person concerned may appeal against this decision before the General Assembly.

General Assembly

X.         Article 10

The General Assembly is the supreme power of the association. It comprises all the members of the association.

XI.         Article 11

The General Assembly is the supreme power of the Association.

The powers of the General Assembly are as follows:

  • adopts and modifies the statutes;
  • elects the members of the Committee and the Auditors;
  • determines the working guidelines and directs the activity of the Association;
  • approves the reports, adopts the accounts and votes on the budget;
  • gives discharge to the Committee and the Auditing Body in respect of their mandate;
  • sets the annual membership fee for individual and collective members;
  • takes a position on other projects on the agenda:

The General Assembly may refer or be referred to any matter which it has not entrusted to another body.

XII.      Art. 12

The General Assembly may refer or be referred to any matter which it has not entrusted to another body.

Meetings shall be convened at least 20 days in advance by the Committee. The Committee may convene extraordinary general meetings as often as the need arises.

XIII.     Art. 13

The meeting is chaired by the President or another member of the Committee.

XIV.    Article 14

The decisions of the General Assembly are taken by a simple majority of the members present. In the event of a tie, the President shall have the casting vote.

XV.     Article 15

Voting is by show of hands and proxy votes are accepted. At the request of 1/5th of the members, voting may take place by secret ballot. The General Assembly may meet in person or virtually, depending on the health measures required.

XVI.    Art. 16

The Assembly shall meet at least once a year, convened by the Committee, in ordinary session.

XVII.   Article 17

The agenda of the Annual General Meeting, known as the Ordinary General Meeting, necessarily includes :

  • approval of the minutes of the last General Meeting
  • the Committee’s report on the Association’s activities during the past year
  • treasury and audit reports
  • an exchange of views/decisions concerning the development of the Association ;
  • the setting of membership fees
  • the adoption of the budget
  • approval of reports and accounts
  • the discharge of the members of the Committee and of the auditing body
  • individual proposals.
XVIII.  Article 18

The Committee is required to place on the agenda of the General Assembly (ordinary or extraordinary) any proposal from a member submitted in writing at least 10 days in advance.

The notice convening the meeting, including the agenda, is sent by the Committee to each member at least 10 days in advance. Sending by electronic means is accepted.

XIX.    Article 19

The Extraordinary General Meeting shall be convened by the Committee or at the request of one-fifth of the members of the Association.

The Committee

XX.     Article 20

The Committee executes and implements the decisions of the General Assembly. It leads the Association and takes all necessary measures to ensure that the set goal is achieved. The Committee shall decide on all matters not expressly reserved to the General Assembly.

XXI.    Article 21

The Committee is composed of a minimum of three members, appointed for a three-year term by the General Assembly.  The Committee shall meet as many times as the business of the Association requires.

XXII.   Article 22

The Association is validly committed by the collective signature of two members of the Committee.

To manage the day-to-day business, it is accepted that the Association allows expenses for amounts less than CHF 1’000, a single signature is allowed from the President and the Vice President, above this amount two signatures are required.

XXIII.   Art. 23

The Committee is responsible for:

  • take the necessary measures to achieve the aim
  • normative and strategic management
  • convene Ordinary and Extraordinary General Meetings
  • take decisions on the admission, honorary members and resignation of members, as well as their possible exclusion
  • ensure the application of the statutes, draw up the regulations and administer the association’s assets.
XXIV.  Article 24

The Committee is responsible for keeping the accounts of the Association. The management of the accounts is entrusted to the Treasurer of the Association and checked each year by the auditor(s) appointed by the General Assembly.

XXV.   Art. 25

The Committee hires (and dismisses) the Association’s salaried and voluntary employees. It may entrust any person within or outside the Association with a mandate limited in time.

Control body

XXVI.  Article 26

The auditing body shall audit the financial management of the Association and present a report to the General Assembly. It is composed of the auditor elected by the General Assembly.

Dissolution

XXVII. Article 27

The dissolution of the Association shall be decided by the General Assembly by a two-thirds majority of all members of the Association. Any assets will be allocated to a body which proposes to achieve similar goals. Under no circumstances may the assets be returned to the physical founders or members, nor be used for their benefit in whole or in part and in any way whatsoever.

Entry into force of the statutes

XXVIII. Article 28

These articles of association are adopted at the Constitutive Assembly of 1 October 2020 in Gland and come into force immediately.

Gland, 1 October 2020

*All communication is by electronic means.

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