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Our statutes

OneAction specifies that the only official version of the statutes is in French; the English and Spanish versions are merely informative.

Article 1 — OneAction

OneAction is an independent, apolitical and non-profit humanitarian organization.

Article 2 — Legal status

OneAction is constituted as an association governed by the present statutes and, secondarily, by Articles 60 et seq. of the Swiss Civil Code. It has a legal personality.

Article 3 — Headquarters

The headquarters of OneAction is in Geneva. The Association shall be of unlimited duration.

Article 4 — Aims

The Association shall pursue the following aims:

to promote education, environment protection, volunteering, human interaction and mutual aid through actions and projects in Switzerland and abroad;
to make available its structure and resources for independent or affiliated projects;
to implement the principles of efficiency, transparency and usefulness while conducting its actions and projects;
to respect the principles of humanity, impartiality, independence and universality.

Article 5 — Resources

1. The Association’s resources come from:

private and public subsidies;
membership fees;
any other resources authorized by the law.

2. These resources shall be used in conformity with the Association’s aims listed by Article 4.

3. Members shall have no personal claim to the assets of OneAction.

Article 6 — Accounting records

1. The use of resources is subject to an internal control conducted by the Treasurer, who keeps an income statement and a record of the Association’s financial situation.

2. An external control is also conducted by an independent auditor, who issues an audit report.

3. The financial year shall begin on 1st of January and end on 31st of December of each year.

Article 7 — Members of OneAction

1. Any physical or moral person may request to join OneAction if they have proved their attachment to the aims of the Association.

2. The Association comprises:

Board members;
Operational Team members;
ordinary members.

3. Requests to become a member must be addressed to the Association’s headquarters. The Board admits new members.

4. Each member pays an annual membership fee of CHF 60.

5. A member can be excluded without indication of cause.

6. Membership ceases:

on death;
by written resignation notified to the Board;
by exclusion ordered by the Board;
for non-payment of dues for more than one year.

In all cases the membership fee for the current year remains due. Members who have resigned or who are excluded have no rights to any part of the Association’s assets.

Article 8 — Organs of OneAction

OneAction’s organs are the Assembly, the Board and the auditor.

Article 9 — Assembly

1. The general assembly is the Association’s supreme authority. It is composed of all the members and is presided by the President of the Board. The Assembly:

appoints the members of the Board and elects, at least, a President, a Secretary and a Treasurer;
acknowledges the contents of the annual reports and financial statements and votes on their adoption;
approves the annual budget;
decides on any modification of statutes;
decides on the dissolution of the Association.

2. It shall hold an ordinary meeting once each year. It may also meet in extraordinary session whenever necessary, by decision of the Board or at the request of one-fifth of the members.

3. The Assembly shall be considered valid regardless of the number of members present.

4. Decisions of the general assembly shall be taken by a majority vote, by a show of hands, of the members present. Each member of the Board and the Operational Team has two votes, each ordinary member has one. In case of deadlock, the President shall have the casting vote. Decisions concerning the amendment of the Statutes and the dissolution of the Association must be approved by a two-third majority of the votes of the members present.

5. The agenda of the ordinary annual session of the general assembly must include:

approval of the record of the previous general assembly;
the Board’s annual report on activities;
approval of the budget;
approval of reports and accounts;
election of Board members;
reception of individual proposals.

Article 10 — Board

1. The Board is the executive body of OneAction. It is authorized to carry out all acts that further the purposes of the Association. It is competent for all tasks that do not explicitly fall under the competences of the Assembly. It may delegate its competences to members of the Operational Team. The following responsibilities cannot be delegated:

the adoption of general directions, regulations and guidelines that directly affect members as a whole;

the presentation to the Assembly of the political and financial long-term planning, the budget and the summary of accounts;

the supervision and monitoring of the Operational Team;
the selection, appointment and dismissal of the Director;
the delimitation of the competences between the Board and the Operational Team.

2. The Board is composed of at least the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer, all elected by the Assembly.

3. Each member’s term of office shall last for one year, renewable from year to year.

4. The Board meets as often as required.

5. The Board members act voluntarily and can only be compensated for their effective and travel costs. Eventual fees cannot exceed that paid for official commissions. For activities exceeding the usual function, each Board member can receive appropriate compensation.

6. Decisions of the Board shall be taken by a majority vote of the members present. In case of deadlock, the President shall have the casting vote.

Article 11 — Operational Team

1. The Board hires a salaried Director for an indefinite period. The latter is accountable to the Board for the activities of the Operational Team. The Director is in charge of the daily tasks of the Association. These include:

the settlement of agreements in the framework of the projects of the Association, within the limits of Article 12;

the formation of the Operational Team composed of volunteers or salaried employees;
all tasks that are not explicitly listed amongst the competences of the Board.

2. To hire salaried staff, the Director requires the approval of the Board.

Article 12 — Power of representation

The joint signature of two members of the Board shall validly bind the Association. The Board may delegate this competence to the Director for the management of the daily tasks of the Association, within the limits that it sets by means of directives or ad hoc decisions.

Article 13 — Remuneration of members

1. OneAction members work on a voluntary basis. However, a salary will be paid to members who work at least half-time for the Association. In addition, the Board reserves the right to award compensation to members if, should OneAction’s activities require it, they make an important contribution.

2. The paid employees of the Association have only a consultative vote in the Board. However, they keep their vote during the general assembly.

Article 14 — Responsibility

Only the assets of the Association may be used to meet commitments. Members have no individual responsibility.

Article 15 — Dissolution

In the case of the Association being dissolved, the assets should be allotted to a non-profit organisation pursuing goals of public interest similar to those of the organisation benefiting from tax exemption. The goods cannot be returned to the founders or members, nor be used to their own profit.