About

FIVS is a worldwide organisation designed to serve all sectors of the alcohol beverage industry, including wine, beer and spirits. Its members include producers, distributors, importers, exporters and trade associations.

As a non-governmental organisation (NGO), FIVS gathers and disseminates information related to activities of interest to its members, and advocates consensus positions to international organisations.

Founded in July 1951, FIVS has its headquarters in Paris, France.

 
Activities
 

FIVS' vision is to promote a successful global alcohol beverage industry, operating on the principles of corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and focused on consumer interests, in an environment free from trade-distorting factors of all kinds. The organisation pursues the following strategies:

  • Acts as a clearinghouse for the exchange of information in the alcohol beverage sector, and as a forum for members to discuss and work on areas of common interest.
    • As it is engaged with many intergovernmental organisations, FIVS is able to feed back intelligence on significant developments.
  • Develops and represents consensus positions before governments.
    • FIVS advocates only in those instances where all FIVS members agree. In many cases, FIVS committees are responsible for advocacy on agreed-upon strategic initiatives.
  • Interacts with international organisations to represent consensus views and to keep members informed.
    • FIVS holds observer status at the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the International Organisation of the Vine and Wine (OIV), and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
    • FIVS serves as a liaison for the industry with the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Customs Organisation (WCO), and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
  • Supports national associations when requested.
    • FIVS has communicated industry-wide global positions to national governmental authorities on key issues, such as advertising restrictions.
 
Accomplishments
 

FIVS has been successful in many of its endeavours as can be seen in this detailed description of FIVS’ accomplishments.