General Assembly

Made up of all our members, the General Assembly votes on the key decisions of our organization.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is our highest authority and decision-making body. It is made up of all PEFC members, including both national and international stakeholder members with voting rights, and extraordinary members as observers.

This means it is our members who vote on the key decisions of our organization; such as endorsements, international standards, new members, statutes and budgets.

2018 PEFC General Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland

All national members have between one and seven votes, depending on their membership fees, while the international stakeholder members have one vote each.

A delegate represents every PEFC member, and they all have the right to introduce items to the agenda of the work of the General Assembly or the PEFC International Board.

The General Assembly is tasked with the following:

  • Adoption and revision of our statutes
  • Amendment and revision of the technical documents and procedures governing PEFC
  • Election and dismissal of the members of the Board
  • Adoption of our annual budget and accounts 
  • Admission of new members and the dismissal of members

2017 PEFC General Assembly, Helsinki, Finland

Once a year the General Assembly meets in person, this is usually in November during the PEFC Forest Certification Week.

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