IPN Global highly values our membership, thus the application process follows a strict procedure to maintain our established standards and code of practice.
Before applying you should read and our membership rules to ensure that you meet the criteria listed.
- The Membership Chairman, whose responsibility is to ensure they complete the process in a timely matter. He will initially publish every application on the IPN web site to give all members the opportunity of giving their input to the membership committee on the suitability of the applicant. He will then select the two members to participate in the evaluation process.
- Two Board Members are responsible for ensuring the applicant conforms to the membership requirements as defined in the current Membership Criteria Rules.
- Two members are responsible for identifying any competitive issues.
- The Company Secretary, whose responsibility is to ensure the applicant completed the documentation correctly and they comply with all other criteria.
Any or all of the above may find it necessary to contact an applicant to clarify any issue in relation to the application.
Changes at Member Companies
If there is no existing IPN representation in the new location, the IPN member can trade in the new area for the old, but it does not have any exclusivity in that new location unless it applies for separate membership.
If a member company expands to a new location where there is already an existing IPN member, the IPN member can operate in that area but has no exclusivity. It is expected that before commencing new operations, the incoming member should communicate with the existing IPN member to minimise any competitive issues. In addition, they must understand and accept that the existing member would normally handle any IPN work required in that area. Additionally, it must be accepted that the company placing the work makes the final decision on commercial grounds.
If the new company wishes to transfer the membership, the prospective member will be asked to present the new organisation at the next meeting to confirm their understanding and acceptance of the terms and obligations of the code of practice and rules then commit to them. If the old member company was acquired by a larger non printing company or group, then a senior director of the parent company should participate in the representation to demonstrate their commitment and understanding. Providing the members agree, the new company will be allowed ongoing membership without a joining fee.
a. Can he continue in membership? If the existing member company has been acquired by a larger company with multiple printing operations, there could be competitive issues to resolve and the new company must re-apply for membership. Their application will be assessed by the normal membership sub-committee procedures, which should include participation from a senior board member of the parent company as the representative. IPN will seriously consider the degree of independence given to the CEO of the member company since the parent company could impose policies onto the IPN member company that would be in conflict with the IPN code of practice. Providing that the member and the parent company guarantee that they can and will uphold the code of practice and rules of the IPN, the company can continue membership without a joining fee. However, if they cannot give that guarantee the membership will be terminated.
b. Can he subcontract to or from non-member subsidiaries? Consideration should always be given to place work through an IPN member(s) first.
c. Can a non-member subsidiary use the IPN Network? IPN Global strives to maximise new opportunities for member companies, but a non-member subsidiary may not access the full benefits of the IPN network or imply membership in any way. If a non-member has a requirement for distributed print, this should be an arm’s length transaction with individual IPN members, which the non-member can locate via recommendation or the IPN portal. Members accepting work in this way should ensure that by so doing they recognise their obligations to other members and their regional exclusivities and do not alienate them by any breach the IPN code of Practice.