Motions 

Thank you to all FSC Members who submitted Motions. The submission period is now closed.

All motions proposed for consideration by the General Assembly shall first be submitted to the Motions Committee at motions2014@fsc.org.

There are two types of Motions:

Statutory Motions: are proposed motions to amend the Statutes or Principles & Criteria. The proposed amendment shall first set forth the current language from the applicable document, and then set forth the proposed new language; additions or deletions must clearly identify the specific title, section and paragraph to be amended. Statutory Motions approved by the General Assembly will become valid and legally binding at the close of the General Assembly, subject to legal confirmation. 

Policy Motions: are proposed motions to change FSC policies or operational procedures, including those related to achieving its mission and purpose. Policy Motions approved by the General Assembly have the status of “initiatives” (FSC Statutes, Title Two Members, Clause Thirteenth, Paragraph 3); meaning that they are recommendations or advice to the FSC Board of Directors. The FSC Board of Directors will inform members about the next steps to respond to these initiatives. 

Please download the Statutory Motion template or the Policy Motion template to submit your motions accordingly. 

Each proposed motion must contain the name and affiliation of the person proposing the motion (the proposer) and the name of two persons seconding the motion. Only individual members or the designated representative of an organizational member (with no outstanding membership fees) can propose or second a motion. Please consider that having seconders from different chambers and sub-chambers is generally helpful to demonstrate cross-chamber support.

In order to aid the General Assembly when considering a policy motion, the member making the motion, in addition to the actual language of the proposed motion, should include:

  • Specifications for implementation (details on how to implement this request)
  • Overall purpose of the motion / intent of the initiative 
  • Background information / rationale of the motion
  • Timeline for implementation (estimated)
  • Cost to FSC (an estimate of the costs of implementing the motion)

Procedure for Bringing Motions to the General Assembly