Statutes oikos CITY
oikos CITY is an association according to § XXX NATIONAL LAW.
§ 2 NEUTRALITY
oikos CITY is a neutral, non-political and non-religious association offering a non-partisan platform for discussion on sustainability.
§ 3 OBJECTIVE
The association seeks to strengthen action competence for sustainable development among tomorrow’s decision makers.
To target this objective, the association
a) increases awareness for sustainability opportunities and challenges focussing on students of Management and Economics;
b) fosters their ability not only to analyse long-term economic, environmental and social trends, but also implement sustainability-driven innovation;
c) creates institutional support for these learning processes through the integration of sustainability issues in research and teaching at the faculty for Management and Economics.
§ 4 ACTIVITIES
I. Activities of the association comprise the organization of lectures, conferences, simulation games, seminars, as well as practice-oriented learning projects.
II. The activities are conducted within the framework of a constructive and open-minded dialogue. They network students with representatives from academia, business, NGOs, politics and media.
§ 5 NO COMMERCIAL INTEREST
The association has no commercial interest. Assets are solely used to target the association’s objective.
(This paragraph might be important to exempt you from taxes)
§ 6 MEMBERS
I. Members of the association are students of the XY university. Other interested persons can be admitted as group members.
II. Members actively support the association’s activities.
III. Members can withdraw their membership at any point in time by means of a written note to the Board.
§ 7 ASSOCIATION BODIES
The statutory bodies of the association are
a) the Members' Assembly;
b) the Board;
c) the Advisory Council;
d) the Auditing Body.
§ 8 MEMBERS' ASSEMBLY
I. The Members' Assembly takes place at least once a year. It is convened in written form— including the agenda — at least ten days before taking place.
Further Members' Assemblies can be convened by the Board, members of the Advisory Council or more than 20 percent of the association’s members. This Assembly is to be convened in written form — including the agenda— at least ten days before taking place.
II. The Members' Assembly is the highest-ranking body of the association. It decides on all the issues which are not explicitly part of the responsibilities of other bodies. Among other issues the Members' Assembly takes decisions on the following tasks
a) election of the Board;
b) election of members of the Advisory Council;
c) admission and expulsion of members;
d) acceptance of the annual financial statement and the annual report of the Board;
e) approval of the Board;
f) changes of the Statutes;
g) dissolution of the association according to § 13 II.
III. Decisions of the Members' Assembly are recorded in written form.
§ 9 BOARD
I. The Board encompasses at least the President and a Vice President.
II. Members of the Board are elected individually by the Members' Assembly. Re-elections are possible.
III. The Board signs responsible for the following tasks
a) planning and carrying out the association’s activities;
b) budgeting and securing funding;
c) preparing the Members' Assembly;
d) implementing the decisions taken by the Members' Assembly;
e) submitting a yearly activity report in English to the Executive Board of oikos International;
f) responding to communication requests from oikos International.
IV. Decisions within the Board are taken with a single majority.
§ 10 ADVISORY COUNCIL
I. The Advisory Council comprises a minimum of three representatives from academia, business, politics, NGOs and other interest groups who actively support the activities of the association on an ongoing basis. At least one member of the Advisory Council should be a former member of a local oikos group.
II. Members of the Advisory Council are elected by the Members' Assembly for a two-year term.
III. Members of the Advisory Council are entitled to take part in the Members' Assembly. They may put forward proposals in the Member’s Assembly.
IV. Members of the Advisory Council pay an annual fee equivalent to the fee for the association’s members.
(Here in Switzerland this last sentence is important for liability reasons)
§ 11 AUDITING BODY
The Auditing Body is elected by the Members' Assembly for a one-year term. It signs responsible for auditing the yearly financial statement and for filing a request for its acceptance by the Members' Assembly.
§ 12 FINANCES
I. The revenues of the association shall consist of membership fees, donations and revenues from events and publications.
II. The annual membership fee is XY LOCAL CURRENCY.
III. Upon dissolution of the association the remaining assets are donated to a non-profit making organization that works for the public interest and that is to be determined by the Members' Assembly.
IV. The association’s financial responsibility shall be limited to its assets. Members shall not be liable.
V. Members have no financial claims of any kind towards the association.
§ 13 AMENDMENTS OF THE STATUTES AND DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION
I. The Members' Assembly can amend and revise the statutes with a two-thirds majority vote of the members represented.
II. The Members' Assembly can dissolve the association with a majority of three quarters of the voting members.
§ 14 REPORTING AND FINANCIAL YEAR
The association’s reporting and financial year starts on January 1 and ends on December 31.
§ 15 EFFECTIVE DATE
These statutes come into force on the occasion of the foundation assembly on XX.XX.XXXX.