During the past two years GNI has grown significantly, adding 14 new participants from around the world from countries including Argentina, Azerbaijan, Denmark, India, Italy, Pakistan, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Although we will continue to accept a limited number of membership applications from civil society organizations, investors and academics constituencies, for the remainder of 2013 we will be focused on increasing our company membership and collaborating with the organizations that recently have joined us.
We welcome expressions of interest in joining GNI from for-profit and non-profit and academic organizations around the world.
Currently our membership is made up of four constituencies – companies, civil society organizations, investors and academics. All constituencies and members have an active role to play in our work.
We have a shared commitment to promoting the GNI Principles and to a multi-stakeholder way of working. But alongside that, the roles for our different constituents can be distinct. For example:
- Companies commit to implementing and upholding the Principles within their organizations
- Civil society organizations bring their in depth knowledge and expertise on human rights along with direct connection to people on the ground in many countries around the world
- Investors include consideration of the issues covered in the Principles into their investment decision making
- Academics bring analysis, research and insight into trends to the work of GNI.
GNI is inviting a limited number of companies who are actively considering joining GNI and interested in learning more about its approach to advancing privacy and freedom of expression to apply for observer status.
If you are interested in applying to be a member, here are the steps that we follow:
Step 1 – A Statement of Intent
Please send a statement of intent from a senior member of your organization to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining:
· Your interest in joining GNI
· Your commitment to the Principles and Implementation Guidelines of GNI
· Which constituency you would wish to be a part of
· How our work relates to your organization
· What your organization plans to contribute to GNI
· Your commitment to the confidential nature of the discussions within GNI
Please also include relevant information about your organization such as annual reports, research papers, and other explanatory materials.
Step 2 – A detailed conversation
Once we have received your statement of intent we will contact you to discuss membership in more detail.
Step 3 – Consultation with existing GNI participants
We will talk with members of the constituency that you plan to join. For example, if you are an academic, we will consult with the academic constituency.
In parallel, your application materials will be reviewed by our Board committee on Outreach and Communication.
Step 4 – The Decision by the GNI Board
After consultation with our current members and conversations with you, the Executive Director will make a recommendation to the GNI Board members who will then vote on your application.
Step 5 – Notification of the GNI Board’s decision
You will be contacted by the Executive Director about the GNI Board’s decision.
How much does it cost to join GNI?
Company membership fees are on a sliding scale according to revenue.
For non company constituencies we ask for a nominal contribution of between $100 and $1,000.
Academics who serve in a personal capacity do not pay a fee.
What to do if you have questions...
If any of this is unclear or your would like to talk with someone to learn more about GNI before indicating that you would like to join, please email email@example.com