Frequently Asked Questions

What is FIVS?

FIVS is a worldwide trade federation designed to serve all sectors of the global alcohol beverage industry, including wine, spirits and beer. It focuses on public policy challenges facing the industry. FIVS was founded in July 1951 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

Who joins FIVS?

Members come from all parts of the global wine, spirits and beer industries. FIVS members include producers, distributors, importers, exporters, trade associations, international organisations and distinguished individuals in the global alcohol beverage industry. Potential members can apply for membership or can be asked to join.

How does FIVS operate?

Every year members come together at two General Assembly meetings to vote on actions for FIVS to take. FIVS operates by consensus. This means that if there is a single dissenting voice in the membership, FIVS will not act in that particular area. All members must agree in order for FIVS to take action.

How is FIVS structured?

FIVS is comprised of two main bodies: the General Assembly and the Presidential Council. The General Assembly is made up of representatives from each member organisation. The Presidential Council consists of a president, three vice-presidents, a treasurer, an assistant treasurer, a secretary and an assistant secretary. FIVS also has nine committees. Each committee has two co-chairs and is focused on key international organisations. More information on the particular committees can be found in the committees section of the site.

What does FIVS do?

FIVS advocates for the ideal operating environment for the global alcohol beverage industry, as well as for the advancement of the industry. It deals with governments and international organisations and provides advice on public policy issues facing the global alcohol beverage industry. FIVS has created and pursues several initiatives to advance industry aims in the public policy arena. FIVS also provides up-to-date information on industry developments around the world.

Why should I become a member of FIVS?

By joining together, members of the spirits, wine and beer industries can help advance views to help realise the type of operating environment that enables the conduct of business in a socially responsible fashion. For FIVS, that means an operating environment that is free from all kinds of trade-distorting factors. Become a Member today!

Why can I not view some of the links on the website?

In order to view some of the links on the website, you must be a FIVS member and be logged in with a username and password. If you are a member, but do not have a username and password, please contact us. If you happen to find a broken link, please let us know.

How can I find out about future FIVS meetings?

In order to find out about future FIVS conferences, please go to the Conferences tab in the Events area of the site. Keep checking back for the latest updates and for information on new conferences.

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