Constitution for the Hampshire Fairtrade Network

Hampshire Fairtrade Network is the operating name of the Network. The area covered by the Network is the ceremonial county of Hampshire - i.e. those areas which elect members of Hampshire County Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council.

Aims

  1. To promote Fairtrade in Hampshire.
  2. To alleviate poverty by campaigning for a fair system of international trade.
  3. To gain and maintain recognition of Hampshire as a Fairtrade County.

Membership

Membership of the Network is open to all groups within its area which are recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation. There is no membership fee. A group is entitled to cast one vote on matters on which a ballot is called.

Steering Group

The Network shall be organised by a steering group consisting of a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Members of the steering group are to be elected at an Annual General Meeting. All members shall be given at least eight weeks' notice of the AGM.

Equal Opportunities

All the Network's activities, including regular meetings, will be open to all, irrespective of age, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability. The Network will ensure, as far as practicable, that all its activities are held in venues that are accessible to all.

Finance

All monies will be paid into a bank account in the name of the Network and the account will be operated on behalf of the Network. The funds will be used to further the aims of the Network. The annual accounts shall be presented to the Annual General Meeting. On dissolution of the Network, any remaining assets shall be donated to the Fairtrade Foundation.

Changes to the Constitution

The constitution may only be changed by agreement of two thirds of those voting at a meeting called for that purpose for which at least eight weeks' notice is given.

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