Constitution

§ 1
Name and domicile of the society
1. The society bears the name of "K.I.D.S. - Kids in Deficient Situation", and is domiciled in
Cologne.
§ 2
Object of the society

1. Child labour is denounced in all parts of the world in the textile industry, the clothing
industry and all peripheral areas, and rightly so. To date, however, no proposals for solutions
to the problem have been forthcoming. Merely implementing boycotts does not help the
children, but only serves to worsen the situation for these children and their families, due to
the lack of prospects for sales from the boycotted markets.
2. These children must be reintegrated into schooling and training systems worldwide, by
means of pragmatic and realistic methods. This can only be achieved by financing their
school education and vocational training via donations from worldwide companies,
particularly in the stated sectors. This support will serve to help the families survive and will
guarantee the children and juveniles the school education or vocational training which is
essential if they are to continue their lives in an independent manner.
3. The society will be committed to providing schooling and vocational training for children in
underprivileged situations worldwide, by means of a pragmatic strategy; the individual
projects will be sponsored within the bounds of the financial resources available to the
society and its members primarily in accordance with the criteria of feasibility and the
deployment of European and local specialist personnel.
4. The society’s management will be responsible for controlling the various projects.
5. The society will pursue solely and directly charitable and non-profit-making interests within
the meaning of the paragraph "Recognised purposes subject to tax concessions: Promotion
of youth welfare and promotion of education" in the fiscal code. The society is engaged in
altruistic activities; it is not primarily involved in pursuing its own economic objectives.
6. The society may collect membership contributions, take receipt of donations and acquire
assets for the intended object. The society’s funds may be employed only for the purposes
as stipulated in the statutes. The members shall receive neither shares in profits nor any
other payments from the society’s funds in their capacity as members. No individual may be
favoured by means of payments, which do not relate to the purposes of the society or by
excessive payments.
§ 3
Membership
1. Apart from individuals, full members may also be companies, associations, legal persons
and public bodies, which agree to promote the purpose of the society.
2. Application for membership is submitted to the Management Board in writing. The
Management Board decides on whether applications are to be accepted.
3. Persons who have rendered outstanding services to the society may be appointed
honorary members at the proposal of the Management Board.
§ 4
Termination of membership

1. Membership is terminated by resignation, observing at least six months’ notice to the end
of the year. The notice of resignation is to be submitted to the Management Board in writing.
2. A member may be expelled from the society, in the event of culpable infringement of the
society’s interests. The Management Board, by a simple majority of votes cast, shall decide
upon cases of expulsion. The member concerned shall be entitled to appeal against
expulsion; such appeals are to be submitted to the Management Board, but shall have no
deferring effect. Final expulsion shall be decided by the General Meeting, via a majority of
votes cast.
§ 5
Rights and obligations of the members

1. Members shall be entitled to participate in the General Meeting and to exercise the rights
accruing to the General Meeting. The members are entitled to receive a reasonable scope of
advice, information and support in all matters pertaining to the scope of work as specified in
§ 2.
2. The members are obliged to support the objects of the society as set down in Art. 2 to the
best of their ability.
3. The minimum contribution for each member is Euro 0.01 (one cent) or the equivalent
amount in the national currency concerned for each paid working hour outside the E.E.C.
and the member countries of the world economic summit. This contribution is due on a
monthly basis. Members who are in arrears with their membership contributions beyond the
end of the society’s financial year will be reminded of their obligation to effect payment.
Unwillingness to pay will result in expulsion from the society, when the Management Board
has adopted a resolution to this effect. Inability to pay due to hardship will result in an
extension of the payment deadline and, in exceptional cases, in waiving of the payment
obligation. The Management Board shall make the decision to this end.
§ 6
Bodies of the society

1. General Meeting.
2. The statutory board of management in accordance with the provisions of Art. 26 of the
Federal German Civil Code is comprised of the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman, each of
whom possesses individual power of representation. This Management Board is elected by
the General Meeting for a term of three years. The current members of the Management
Board remain in office until a new election is held.
§ 7
The statutory General Meeting

1. The statutory General Meeting is convened by the Chairman at least once annually. The
statutory General Meeting is also to be convened in accordance with a request from the
Chairman or the Management Board or one third of the members. The invitation, stating the
agenda, is issued in writing by the Management Board at least three weeks prior to the
General Meeting.
2. The General Meeting adopts resolutions regarding approval of the annual accounts,
discharge of the Management Board, re-election of the Management Board, motions for
amendments to the statutes, including motions for dissolution of the society.
3. The General Meeting is chaired by the Chairman or another member of the Management
Board.
4. The duly convened General Meeting is competent to pass resolutions irrespective of the
number of members present. Minutes are to be kept of the General Meeting, and these
minutes are to be signed by the person responsible for recording the minutes.
§ 8
The Management Board

1. The Management Board manages the society and represents the society in all matters
relating to the society, both in court actions and in extra-judicial proceedings.
2. The Management Board consists of the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman. If the General
Meeting elects an executive secretary, he or she shall also become a member of the
Management Board.
3. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman possess mutual powers of representation.
§ 9
Advisory committee of the society

In order to reduce and supplement its own scope of work, the Management Board may
propose that an advisory committee be established from among the society’s members. The
advisory committee shall possess no powers of representation.
§ 10
Dissolution of the society

1. Dissolution of the society can be decided solely by a 2/3 majority of the society’s members
at a duly convened General Meeting. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman shall then function
as liquidators. The provisions of Art. 47 ff. of the German Civil Code shall apply with regard
to the discharging of their responsibilities in this respect.
2. In the event of dissolution or termination of the society or discontinuation of the current
object of the society, the society’s assets shall accrue to UNICEF, for direct and exclusive
appropriation to charitable or non-profit-making objects.
§ 11
Effective date

After its constitutive General Meeting, the society is to be entered with the suffix "e.V." in the
register of societies of the registry court. These statutes were established on 10th August,
1993, and amended as above on 16th October, 1993 and 20th October, 1993.