Voting

At the heart of the FSC system is the democratic process of voting on the motions. In order for a motion to pass there must be consensus between the three chambers: economic, social, and environmental. The balanced voting process differentiates the FSC system from other schemes. 

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FSC AC / Geoff Howe

During the members’ assembly each motion is usually discussed for ten or fifteen minutes. After the debate closes, members begin voting. 

For the 2022 General Assembly, members attending both in-person and online will cast their votes electronically using the voting platform.  

Members will have the possibility to vote at the time the motion is put to vote by the Presiding Officer and until it is announced that the voting period will close.  Once a member cast their vote it cannot be changed. 

If the electronically computed results show that there is a 66.66% overall majority of votes in favour of a motion (by members voting in-person/virtually/through proxies), and quorum is reached the motion is approved. If not, the motion fails. 

The FSC Statutes establish the below conditions on voting. 

  • The general assembly shall strive to adopt decision by consensus. 

  • Consensus is defined as the absence of sustained opposition but does not require unanimity. 

  • In case of a vote, a decision is made when: 

  1. A quorum of more than 50 per cent of the voting power of the members of each of the chambers referred to in the Statutes of the Organization is present (either physically or by proxy), and when; 
  2. the affirmative vote of a simple majority of the voting power registered by members in good standing less votes abstaining in each chamber present at the time of the vote is reached, and when; 
  3. the affirmative vote of two thirds of the voting power of all members in good standing present at the time of the vote less votes abstaining is reached and this constitutes the absence of sustained opposition. 

FAQ

  1. How do I submit my vote?

    Members attending both in-person and online will cast their votes electronically using the voting platform. Access to the voting platform will be sent directly to members.

  2. When should I vote?

    Voting takes place from 09 to 14 October 2022. Members will have the possibility to vote at the time the motion is put to vote by the Presiding Officer and until it is announced that the voting period will close.   
     

  3. Who can vote?

    Only FSC members in good standing are eligible to vote. If not, you can still observe the proceedings without voting or speaking.