IPRN Membership Notes
What is IPRN?
- We are a worldwide organisation, formed in 1995, by independent communication and PR consultants.
- We are established on six continents. Currently we have members in 30 different countries, all of whom are respected and successful professionals in communication and PR with extensive experience and knowledge of their own particular countries and cultures.
- IPRN members think globally and perform locally with great success.
- IPRN members manage their own companies and are independent of any multi-national ownership.
- Companies in the network work to high quality standards and produce excellent results within budget.
- All members are of an appropriate size to offer all of the basic services required in a PR agency.
How IPRN works
- The organisation provides members’ clients with the resources of working internationally through the associates they select.
- Members do not have any formal financial interests between themselves.
- Their main interest is in the achievement of the results that their clients look for and for the exchange of business information.
- The network has a Code of Conduct that is conditional for all members.
- Members are periodically informed by other members of developments within the organisation, clients, projects and experiences thereby contributing to the best transfer of knowledge and experience.
- The Board of Directors, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, General Secretary/Adminstrator and Chairmen of the Committees are elected annually.
- New members are incorporated after a formal application process and due diligence has been applied. This ensures that the capacity, expertise, spread of markets and skills of the new member reaches the high quality expected of IPRN members. Supportive references are requested from two clients, one non-client contact and from their national PR association (if appropriate). The majority of members must also approve membership.
- Members may hold periodic regional meetings on specific topics in addition to the Annual General Meeting, which is held in a different member country each year. The meeting lasts 3-4 days and together the membership decide upon the development of the organisation, its strategies, actions and budgets.
Annual General Meeting
As a plenary meeting of all members AGM is the premier opportunity for member decisions and control of the organisation. At this annual meeting the following topics are typically discussed:
- Definition of the objectives and strategies to be developed for through the following year.
- Evaluation of the previous year. Assessment of the general work, the business associations, commissions and results.
- Formal approval of accounts and approval of the following year’s budget.
- Election of Directors: Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Chairmen of members’ committees as necessary.
- Selection of the place and dates of the following AGM.
- Entries, judging and prize giving for the IPRN ‘Project of the Year presentations that showcase members’ individual initiatives and developments in their markets.