I. NAME AND HEADQUARTERS
An association in terms of article 60ff. of the ZGB with headquarters in Zürich exists under the name International Facility Management Association Switzerland (IFMA Switzerland).
The association has the purpose of coordinating and promoting all activities in the area of facility management in Switzerland as well as the cooperation with corresponding associations - both domestic and abroad.
The association promotes and supports the design of a working environment, which contributes to the solving of strategic company tasks and corresponds to the economic, social and ecological requirements. The integrative management process in which personnel, locations (buildings, systems, equipment) and procedures are observed as a connected organizational picture should be promoted with this.
The objectives of the association include: a) To establish and promote the occupational field of facility management as a recognized occupation. b) To promote the state of education and the occupational career chances of facility managers as well as their professional behaviors. c) To develop standards in facility management. d) To form expert groups in order to deepen the exchange of experience in the individual areas of expertise. e) To coordinate and execute investigations and research projects. f) To develop a platform for cooperation with companies, occupational groups, associations, universities and the public. g) To provide the members with current information about facility management.
Article 3 Membership
Members of the association may be natural people. Legal people are only permitted as sponsors. The members must be able to have high ethical technical knowledge.
Article 4 Membership Categories
The association has the following member categories: a) Professional members b) members d'honnor c) Associated members d) Students e) Junior facility managers
Article 5a Professional Members
People who have proven years of practical experience as active facility managers and execute an actual facility management assignment.
Article 5b Member d'honnor
Article 6 Associated Members
People with the main task of providing facility management-related products or services and do not execute any actual facility management assignments.
Article 7 Students
Full-time students with a concentration in facility management or a related area at a higher educational institution (technical college, university of applied sciences, technical university, university).
Article 8 Junior Facility Managers
Graduates of a full-time course of studies with a bachelor's or master’s degree with a concentration in facility management at a higher educational institution (technical college, university of applied sciences, technical university, university) who are younger than 30 years old and completed their degree no longer than 12 months ago.
Article 9 Admission
The admission of a member is carried out through a written application directed to the executive board. Under consideration of article 3, however, without naming reasons, they decide on the admission application and the membership category. In order to achieve the desired share of 75% active facility managers within the association, associated members must simultaneously bring along 3 new professional members upon admission. If the ratio above is not reached, this number can be temporarily increased upon resolution from the executive board.
Article 10 Resignation
It is possible to exit the association at any time. The letter of resignation must be directed towards the executive board. In the event of an intermediate resignation, the membership fee for the entire year will be due.
Article 11 Exclusion
A member may be excluded from the association by the executive board with the specification of reasons if they do not fulfill their obligations (in accordance with article 13) or if the exclusion appears to be permitted in regards to the realization of the purpose of the association. The excluded member can submit a written appeal against the resolution to the president within 30 days of the exclusion being enacted. The general meeting will decide on the definitive exclusion with a two-thirds majority.
Article 12 Member Rights
The internal association rights are regulated in “Chapter V. Organization”. The services offered from the IFMA and the published information are available to the members at special conditions for members or free of charge.
Article 13 Member Obligations
All members are obligated to preserve the interests of the association, to follow the statutes, rules and orders of the organs and to comply with the member code. The members must pay the membership dues on an annual basis.
Article 14 Financing
The financial funds to execute the tasks of the association are provided through membership dues, profits from publications and events, sponsoring as well as voluntary contributions. The funds from the association may only be used for purposes in accordance with the statutes. No individual may benefit from expenses that do not serve the purpose of the association or from inappropriately high payments.
Article 15 Membership Dues
The amount of the membership dues is based on the IFMA guidelines. Membership dues agreed upon by the general meeting and all changes are a component of these statues. The membership dues must be paid after approval of the annual statement and budget by the general meeting.
Article 16 Liability
For the obligation of the association, only their assets are liable.
Article 17 Association Year
The association year begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. The first association year lasted from the time of foundation until June 30, 1999.
Article 18 Organs
The association organs include: a) the general meeting b) the executive board c) the technical groups d) the auditors
a) The general meeting
Article 19 Proper General Meeting
The proper general meeting is held once a year, at latest up to 4 months after completion of the association year. They are obligated to the following activities: a) Approval of protocols from general meetings b) Acceptance of annual reports c) Acceptance of the annual statement after acknowledgment of the auditor report and giving discharge to the executive board d) New determination of membership dues e) Resolution on estimates f) Resolution on statute changes and approval of all branch regulations g) Election of the president, the members of the executive board, the auditors and the tellers h) Resolution on applications and miscellaneous matters i) Resolution on the dissolution of the association
Article 20 Extraordinary General Meeting
An extraordinary general meeting will be called on resolution from a general meeting, the executive board or on written request from a third of the members. Such a request lodged to the executive board in writing with a description of the purpose must be considered within 6 weeks after delivery of the invitation.
Article 21 Summoning of the General Meeting
The members must be invited in writing by the executive board at least four weeks before the meeting with a specification of the agenda items.
Article 22 Applications
Applications in accordance with Article 19 Section h of these statutes must be submitted in writing to the committee at latest 3 weeks before the general meeting. They will immediately inform all members of applications of significant importance.
Article 23 Voting Rights
All members are entitled to vote at the general meeting. Representatives are entitled to vote through a written proxy from a registered member. Each representative may only represent one member. In the event of resolutions on the approval of the annual report, annual statement and discharge of the executive board as well as estimates, the members of the executive board do not have voting rights.
Article 24 Required Majority
The general meeting determines its resolutions with the simple majority of the submitted valid votes. A two-thirds majority of the members participating in the vote is required in order to change statutes and to dissolve the association.
Article 25 Course of Negotiations
The general meeting is led by the committee or by the vice committee in their absence. Transactions of significant importance not included on the agenda may only be voted upon during a subsequent general meeting. The meeting director also votes. For business transactions with a tied vote, they have the final ballot. If there is a tied vote during elections, the decision is made through a drawing. A third of those present authorized to vote may demand secret votes and elections.
b) The executive board
Article 26 Number of Members / Term of Office
The number of members of the executive board is determined by the general meeting and is between three and nine members. The executive board is selected by the general meeting for a period of one association year and constitutes itself - except for the election of the president.
Article 27 Tasks and Competencies
The executive board leads the association and has all competencies that are not explicitly vested to another organ. The executive board must in particular make sure that the statutes are complied with, the resolutions implemented and the available funds are used in an economical manner. The executive board is subject to the plan, which should guarantee the successful existence of the association. The executive board may transfer the management of the association to a branch. They issue a branch regulation. The executive board decides on the admission of new members. The executive board decides on the formation and dissolution of technical groups. The executive board issues a job description for each member of the executive board.
Article 28 Representation of the Association
The executive board represents the association externally. The executive board obligates itself to third parties through a collective signature of two members of the executive board.
Article 29 Resolution
The executive board is entitled to make resolutions if at least half of its members are present. The executive board may also create resolutions by written consent. Each member may demand the treatment of the transaction at a executive board meeting. The president also votes. In the event of a tied vote, they have the final ballot. A protocol will be kept for the executive board meetings.
c) Technical groups
The members may apply for the new foundation and dissolution of technical groups at the disposal of the executive board.
d) The auditors
The general meeting selects two statement auditors from the members for the duration of two association years. They are obligated to the auditing of the association statements and accounting. They provide an annual report to the proper general meeting.
VI. DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION
The dissolution of the association may only be agreed upon at an extraordinary general meeting summoned for this purpose alone. The general meeting determining the dissolution will define how the association assets are to be used.
Zurich, 31. august 2017