Statutes

NAME AND LOCATION

Article 1

Futurs is an association governed by the present statutes and subsidiarily by articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code. It is politically neutral and confessionally independent.

Article 2

The headquarters of the association is in Sion.

Its duration is indefinite.

GOALS

Article 3

The association has the following goals:

  • to promote and develop foresight, future literacy, exploration of emerging ideas, and a positive relationship with uncertainty in Switzerland and internationally;
  • to bring out discussions around the imaginary of the future and the transformation;
  • to promote exchanges between the members of the association with the aim of identifying and exploring best professional practices in relation to foresight;
  • Promote dialogue on all the questions raised by the methodologies and prospective studies with companies and authorities;
  • to participate in any national, European or international initiative related to foresight; in particular to participate in consultations related to the evolution of legislation on future themes;
  • to set up and manage working groups in line with the aims of the association;
  • to organize debates, conferences, seminars and trainings related to foresight;
  • to formulate contributions, opinions or recommendations relating to futurist themes and activities;
  • to inform and sensitize any individual or legal entity on the goals, tools and methodologies of foresight and anticipation;
  • to promote mutual aid between members;
  • to write any document, guide and recommendation related to the purpose of the association;
  • to promote relations with the cantonal and federal foresight officers and any other authority, as well as any other national or international association;
  • Maintain a registry of individuals and entities active in the field of foresight.

RESOURCES

Article 4

The resources of the association come as needed:

  • membership fees paid by members
  • donations and legacies
  • sponsorship
  • of public and private subsidies
  • any other resources authorized by law.

The funds are used in accordance with the social purpose.

MEMBERS

Article 5

Membership is open to all natural or legal persons who are committed to the purpose of the association.

Active members with voting rights are natural persons who make use of the association’s services and facilities.

Passive members with voting rights can be natural or legal persons who support the association financially and ideally.

On the proposal of the committee, certain natural or legal persons may be granted honorary membership by the general assembly for their special commitment to the association. They do not have the right to vote.

Applications for admission shall be addressed to the Committee.

Applications for admission may be denied without justification.

The committee members and the auditor do not pay any dues.

Membership is lost:

  • by death ;
  • by written resignation addressed to the Committee at least 6 (six) months before the end of the fiscal year;
  • by exclusion pronounced by the Committee, for “just cause”, with a right of appeal to the General Assembly. The time limit for appeal is thirty days from the notification of the Committee’s decision;
  • for non-payment of dues for more than one year.

In all cases, the annual fee remains due. Members who resign or are expelled have no right to the social assets.

The association’s assets alone are responsible for the commitments made in its name. Any personal liability of its members is excluded.

BODY

Article 6

The organs of the association are :

  • General Assembly;
  • Committee;
  • The auditor.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Article 7

The General Assembly is the supreme power of the association. It is composed of all the members of the association.

It meets in principle once a year in ordinary session. It may also meet in extraordinary session whenever necessary at the request of the Committee or at the written request to the President by at least 1/5th of the members.

The General Assembly is validly constituted regardless of the number of members present.

The General Assembly can be held in person or in electronic form.

The Committee shall notify the members in writing of the date of the General Assembly at least 6 weeks in advance for an ordinary meeting and 3 (three) weeks for an extraordinary meeting. The notice of meeting, including the agenda, shall be sent by the Committee to each member at least 10 (ten) days in advance. Communication can be done by e-mail.

Article 8

General Assembly:

  • elects the members of the Committee and appoints at least a President, a Vice-President and a Treasurer;
  • takes note of the reports and accounts for the year and votes on their approval;
  • approves the annual budget;
  • controls the activity of the other bodies, which it may dismiss for just cause;
  • appoints an auditor;
  • establishes the amount of annual dues and related benefits;
  • decides on any modification of the statutes;
  • decides on the dissolution of the association.

Article 9

The General Assembly is chaired by the President of the association or by a person of the Committee designated by the President.

Article 10

The decisions of the General Assembly are taken by a simple majority of the votes of the members present or represented (by written proxy). In the event of a tie, the President’s vote shall be doubled.

Decisions concerning the modification of the statutes and the dissolution of the association can only be taken by a 2/3 majority of the members present or represented.

Article 11

Voting shall be by show of hands. At the request of at least five members, they will be held by secret ballot.

Article 12

The agenda of the Annual General Meeting, known as the Ordinary General Meeting, shall necessarily include:

  • approval of the minutes of the last General Assembly;
  • the report of the Committee on the activity of the association during the past period;
  • Treasury and auditor’s reports;
  • setting contributions and related benefits;
  • adoption of the budget;
  • approval of reports and accounts;
  • election of the committee members and the auditor;
  • individual proposals.

COMMITTEE

Article 13

The Committee is authorized to do all acts related to the purpose of the association. It has the broadest powers to manage current affairs.

Article 14

The committee shall consist of at least 3 (three) persons.

The members of the Committee are elected until the next ordinary General Assembly. Their mandate is renewable.

One or more members of the Committee may reside abroad as long as they fulfill their obligations.

It meets as often as the business of the association requires, but at least once a quarter.

Article 15

Committee members act on a voluntary basis and are only entitled to compensation for their actual expenses and travel expenses. For activities beyond the usual scope of the office, each member of the Committee may receive appropriate compensation.

Article 16

The Committee shall be responsible for:

  • to take the necessary steps to achieve the goal;
  • to convene ordinary and extraordinary general meetings;
  • to take decisions concerning the admission and resignation of members, as well as their possible exclusion;
  • to ensure the application of the statutes, to write the regulations and to administer the goods of the association.

AUDITOR

Article 17

The General Assembly appoints an auditor each year. It can also entrust this task to a trust company.

The auditor shall audit the operating account and the annual balance sheet prepared by the Committee and shall present a written and detailed report to the annual ordinary general meeting.

SIGNATURE AND REPRESENTATION OF THE ASSOCIATION

Article 18

The association is bound by the collective signature of the president and one other member of the committee.

FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 19

The fiscal year begins on January 1 and ends on December 31 of each year.

Article 20

In the event of dissolution of the association, the available assets will be entirely allocated to an institution pursuing a public interest goal similar to that of the association and benefiting from tax exemption. Under no circumstances may the assets be returned to the individual founders or members, nor may they be used for their benefit in whole or in part in any manner whatsoever.

The present statutes were adopted at the constitutive assembly of February 6, 2023 and came into force on that same date.