Categories of Membership

All our members support and contribute to the vision, mission, values and objectives of the Commonwealth 8.7 Network to eradicate contemporary forms of slavery.  A significant percentage of our work is conducted in or connected to Commonwealth countries.
 
We offer the following membership categories:

Principal members

Civil society organisations that work to address issues related to modern slavery, operating predominantly locally or nationally

Associate members

Civil society organisations that are not eligible for Principal membership, as well as academic and research insritutions, trade unions, networks, local businesses and NHRIs

Individual members

Individuals who have relevant knowledge, expertise, and experience which is substantively connected to the aims of the Network, and includes survivors

Observer members

Organisations or institutions that operate globally or regionally, including multi-national NGOs, UN agencies, donor agencies

Principal members

Civil society organisations that work to address issues related to modern slavery, operating predominantly locally or nationally

Definition. A Principal member may be any of the following types of organisations operating predominantly locally or nationally:  

  • Civil society organisations

  • Non-governmental organisations

  • Charities / Not for profit organisations 

  • Community-based organisations

  • Faith-based organisations

  • Trade unions

  • Professional associations

  • Regional or national networks or coalitions

Rights and Obligations. Principal members shall:

  • undertake innovative actions in line with the objectives of the 8.7 Network and towards the achievement of SDG Target 8.7

  • participate in the activities (mobilisation, campaigning, capacity building, advocacy, research, awareness raising, resource development) of the 8.7 Network

  • attend meetings of the 8.7 Network, including the Annual General Meeting (AGM)

  • collaborate with 8.7 Network members, the Management Committee and the Secretariat

  • actively share knowledge, ideas and good practices with 8.7 Network members

  • promote the 8.7 Network

  • actively participate in the development of regional strategies and action plans of the 8.7 Network

  • seek opportunities for collaboration and partnership with other 8.7 Network members in the achievement of SDG Target 8.7

  • elect a regional representative to the Management Committee, who has the authority to represent the regional members of the Network from time to time

  • have voting rights at the AGM (one vote per member organisation)

  • may use the 8.7 Network logo, only with the approval of the Secretariat and in strict accordance with the logo use guidelines

  • pay annual membership fees, if required

 
Membership Fee: There is no fee to maintain Principal membership status.

 

Associate members

Civil society organisations that are not eligible for Principal membership, as well as academic and research insritutions, trade unions, networks, local businesses and NHRIs

Definition. An Associate member may be any of the following types of organisations and/or institutions: 

  • Civil society organisations, not eligible for principle membership status 

  • Academic, learning and research institutions 

  • Businesses or entities that operate predominately locally or nationally

  • Social partners (workers’ and employers’ organisations)

  • Trade unions, not eligible for principle membership status 

  • Professional associations, not eligible for principle membership status

  • National human rights institutions (NHRIs) 

  • Multi-stakeholder networks 


Rights and Obligations.  Associate members shall: 

  • undertake innovative actions in line with the objectives of the 8.7 Network and towards the achievement of SDG Target 8.7

  • support the activities of the 8.7 Network 

  • share knowledge, ideas and good practices with 8.7 Network members

  • promote the 8.7 Network 

  • contribute to the development of regional strategies and action plans of the 8.7 Network

  • engage in collaboration and partnership with other 8.7 Network members in the achievement of SDG Target 8.7

  • attend meetings of the 8.7 Network, including the AGM, at the invitation of the Management Committee

  • pay annual membership fees, if required

 

Associate members shall not have voting rights in the election of members to the Management Committee or with respect to any decisions taken at the AGM. 

Membership Fee. From July 2019 to 2022 there is no fee payable to maintain Associate membership status. Thereafter, a fee may be levied to all Associate members in accordance with the Membership Fee Schedule as set by the Management Committee, and amended from time to time. 
 

 

Individual members

Individuals who have relevant knowledge, expertise, and experience which is substantively connected to the aims of the Network, and includes survivors

Definition. An Individual member is a person who has relevant knowledge, expertise, and experience which is substantively connected to aims of the Network and to the Commonwealth, and can include:  

  • Victims and survivors of contemporary forms of slavery or human trafficking

  • Academics and researchers 

  • Other experts 

Individual membership is granted by invitation only by the Management Committee. 

Rights and Obligations. Individual members shall: 

  • contribute to the objectives of the 8.7 Network and towards the achievement of SDG Target 8.7

  • support the activities of the 8.7 Network, including research and advocacy

  • share knowledge, ideas and good practices with 8.7 Network members

  • promote the 8.7 Network 

  • contribute to the development of regional strategies and action plans of the 8.7 Network

  • engage in collaboration and partnership with other 8.7 Network members in the achievement of SDG Target 8.7

  • attend 8.7 Network meetings, including the AGM, at the invitation of the Management Committee  

  • pay annual membership fees, if required. 

Individual members shall not have voting rights in the election of members to the Management Committee or with respect to any decisions taken at the AGM. Individual members may not use the logo of the Commonwealth 8.7 Network. 

Membership Fee. From July 2019 to 2022 there is no fee payable to maintain Individual membership status. Thereafter, a fee may be levied to all Individual members in accordance with the Membership Fee Schedule as set by the Management Committee, and amended from time to time. Members who are victims or survivors of contemporary forms of slavery or human trafficking are exempt from paying a membership fee.
 

 

Observer members

Organisations or institutions that operate globally or regionally, including multi-national NGOs, UN agencies, donor agencies

Definition.  An Observer member may be an entity, organisation or institution, which includes the following: 

  • Global or regional non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental institutions or initiatives

  • UN agencies and entities

  • Donor agencies and foundations

  • Public and private donors

  • Entities, organisations or institutions from other sectors, as agreed by the Management Committee

Rights and Obligations. Observer members of the 8.7 Network:

  • are seen as ‘strategic global leaders’ invaluable to the 8.7 Network

  • are encouraged to make contributions to the 8.7 Network 

  • may be permitted to attend 8.7 Network meetings, including the AGM, at the invitation of the Management Committee  

  • will respect the confidential nature of internal 8.7 Network meetings at all times

  • cannot speak at the AGM without the express permission of the Assembly

Observer members shall not have voting rights in the election of members to the Management Committee or with respect to any decisions taken at the AGM. Observer members have no rights to influence the decision or decision-making process of the 8.7 Network or its Management Committee. 

Membership Fee. From July 2019 to 2022 there is no fee payable to maintain Observer Membership status. Thereafter, a fee may be levied to all Observer Members in accordance with the Membership Fee Schedule as set by the Management Committee, and amended from time to time.