The original Statutes of SIETAR Switzerland are in German. Here is a literal translation. The legally binding version is the German version.
SIETAR Switzerland Statutes
English Translation as of September 2014
Art. 1: Name and Location
SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) Switzerland is a not-for-profit association according to Articles 60 (and following) ZGB based in Zurich.
Art. 2: Purpose
The association promotes the development of intercultural sensitivity and awareness in Switzerland. The association is politically and religiously independent and pursues the following goals:
- To develop intercultural awareness in politics, business and education;
- To contribute to the solutions of societal problems by facilitating communication between people of different cultures;
- To provide multi-disciplinary, professional expertise in intercultural issues in practice and research through a network of intercultural specialists;
- To contribute to the development of standards for intercultural work;
- To support publications, personal and professional exchange, research, projects, as well as regional, national and international conferences and other events;
- To provide a platform for intercultural practitioners for exchanging best practices and furthering their training and professional development.
Art. 3: Financing
The association is financed through the following sources of income:
- Membership fees from active and passive members;
- Donations and contributions of all kinds;
- Profits from events and congresses.
The annual membership fees for active and passive members will be defined every year at the Annual Members’ Meeting.
Active members pay a higher fee than passive members.
Junior Members pay a lesser fee than active members. Corporate members pay a higher fee than active members.
Honorary members and active board members are exempt from all membership fees.
The business year starts on 1st of January and ends on 31st of December.
Art. 4: Membership
Individual and juristic persons supporting the purpose of the association according to Art. 2 can become members.
Active members with voting rights are individual or juristic persons using the offerings of the association and can belong to the following categories:
- Junior Members (e.g., interns, students, apprentices)
- Corporate Members
Passive members can be individual or juristic persons supporting the association financially or in non-material ways. They do not have a voting right.
Based on suggestions from the board, individuals who have supported the association and the intercultural field in an outstanding manner may be granted honorary membership at the Annual Members’ Meeting.
New members can be approved at any time. Requests for membership have to be addressed to the executive board. The executive board decides by majority vote and informs the members of the association.
Art. 5: Exit and exclusion
Membership can be cancelled at any time in writing to the executive board. The full membership fee is due for the running business year.
A member can be excluded from the association at any time by the executive board due to important reasons or without further explanation.
The executive board decides about the exclusion. The member can pass on the decision about exclusion to the Annual Members’ Meeting.
If a member does not pay the membership fee after the second reminder, the member can be excluded by the board.
Art. 6: Organisation
The organs of the association are:
- The Annual Members’ Meeting
- The Board
- The Auditor
The Board can work with committees / working groups consisting of experts who support the purpose of the association. Committees / working groups can consist of active and passive members.
The organs of the association work on a voluntary (pro-bono) basis and are entitled to claim effective expenses and cash advancements for the association.
Art. 7: Annual Members’ Meeting (AMM)
The AMM is the highest organ of the association. It consists of all members of the association.
The AMM takes place on an annual basis in the first quarter of the business year.
The AMM is hosted by the president of the association or one of the board members.
The board will invite the members in writing with the agenda at least 20 days before the AMM. Invitations by email are valid.
Motions of the members have to be sent to the board at least 10 days before the AMM in writing.
The board or 1/5 of the members can request to summon an extraordinary membership meeting with a mention of the purpose of the meeting.
Art. 8: Tasks of the Annual Members’ Meeting
The AMM has the following tasks:
- Approval of the minutes of the last AMM
- Approval of the annual statement of the board
- Acceptance of the auditor’s statement and approval of the annual accounts
- Discharge of the board and the auditor
- Election of the board and the auditor
- Agreement on the annual membership fees
- Information about the budget for the following business year
- Changes of the statutes
- Decisions about exclusions of members
- Closure of the association
Every ordinary AMM constitutes a quorum independent of the number of present members. Members and Junior Members have one vote. Corporate Members can be represented by one person at the AMM who receives voting rights.
The members accept rulings with the absolute majority of present eligible voters.
The vote is done by hand. If at least five eligible voters request a secret vote, then the vote will be held in secret. It is not possible to vote through a deputy.
Art. 9: The Board
The board consists of a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 persons. It constitutes itself with exception of the president who needs to be elected.
The mandate for board members is one year and for the President two years. A re-election (of the President) is only possible for three terms.
The board runs the business and accounting of the association, represents the association in public and in the committees of SIETAR Europe. It takes all necessary actions to achieve the association’s cause. The board can work with committees / working groups to achieve this goal.
The board meets as often as needed to run the business of the association. It decides questions, which do not require explicit consent of the AMM. As long as none of the board members require oral discussion, decision-making by email is possible.
The board works on a voluntary basis. Board members are entitled to have their effective expenses reimbursed.
Art. 10: The Auditor
The Annual Members’ Meeting elects an auditor. The auditor reviews the accounts and the annual statement. As a result of his or her review, the auditor issues a statement that is sent to the AMM with the invite and agenda of the meeting.
The mandate of the auditor is two years. It is possible to re-elect the auditor.
Art. 11: Signatory Power
The association will be represented by collective signature of the president and one board member.
Art. 12: Liability
All assets of the association are liable for any debts of the association. Personal liability of the members is excluded.
Art. 13: Changes of the Statutes
These statutes can be changed through the AMM, if 2/3 of the present voters agree to the change request.
Art. 14: Closure of the association
Closure of the association can be agreed by an extraordinary members’ meeting called solely for this purpose and with a majority vote of 2/3 of the voters.
After closure of the association, the remaining assets of the association will be transferred to SIETAR Europe. Should SIETAR Europe no longer exist, assets will be transferred to SIETAR INDIA. An allocation of assets among the members is excluded.
Art. 14: Implementation
These statutes have been accepted at the founding members’ meeting of 6 September 2014 and have been implemented on this date.
In the name of the association
President Vice President
(Regina Reinhardt) (Dr. Christa Uehlinger)