GFSI Board Decision - Extension of Scope or Re-Benchmarking
The objective of the GFSI Board review is to decide upon the recognition or non-recognition of applicant schemes, based on the recommendations of the Benchmark Committee.
The final report and recommendation for recognition or non-recognition of the scheme shall be presented to the GFSI Board by the GFSI Executive Director.
The GFSI Board shall make the decision concerning the recognition or non-recognition of a scheme at a meeting convened for that purpose, or at a GFSI Board meeting. The GFSI Benchmark Committee Leader shall be available at this meeting, at the request of the GFSI Board.
The meeting, in this case, may take the form of a conference call and if voting is required to make a decision during the conference call, this shall be carried out via e-mail, immediately after the closure of the meeting.
The GFSI Board shall consider the recommendation made by the Benchmark Committee and raise any issues that they may have. It is expected that the GFSI Board shall make a decision at the meeting. However, if further information is required, the GFSI Benchmark Committee Leader shall be instructed to ensure that clarifications are provided.
The decision of the GFSI Board to recognise or not recognise a scheme shall be based on consensus. If consensus cannot be reached, then a vote may be held to determine the decision for recognition or non-recognition of the applicant scheme. In the event that a vote is required to reach a decision, a two thirds majority of a quorum of the GFSI Board shall be required in support of recognition. The vote shall be carried out in accordance with the GFSI Foundation Articles of Association.
The GFSI Board decision shall be communicated in writing to the scheme owner by the GFSI Executive Director, as soon as practicable after the GFSI Board decision.
In the event of recognition by the GFSI Board, the GFSI Executive Director shall prepare press notices confirming this decision with the co-operation of the scheme owner. The scheme owner shall also be expected to issue a comparable press release and the time of issue of these press releases shall be agreed by the GFSI Executive Director and the scheme owner.
The GFSI Executive Director shall publish confirmation of the recognition of the scheme on the GFSI website. The GFSI website will include a current schedule of all recognised schemes, clearly defining their scope of recognition and expected date for re-benchmarking.
In the event that the decision of the GFSI Board is non-recognition, the reasons for the Board decision shall be clearly documented and the GFSI Executive Director shall make the scheme owner aware of the reasons for the decision. The scheme owner shall have the right of appeal against the GFSI Board decision.
Upon the decision of the GFSI Board, the Benchmark Committee for the applicant scheme shall be disbanded.