How to Join

Who Can Join

AMERIPEN offers three ways to become involved: Voting Membership, Non-Voting Associate Membership and Affiliate Status. To be eligible for voting membership, an applicant must be a legal entity, such as a corporation or a limited liability company. There are no individual memberships. Further, the entity must support the philosophy of a united trade and industry organization, active and cooperative issue resolution, and material and packaging system neutrality. Membership is open to all packaging value chain economic operators, such as:

  • Raw materials producers
  • Packaging suppliers and/or converters
  • Packaged goods manufacturers
  • Distributors of packaged goods
  • Retailers of packed goods
  • Waste haulers
  • Recyclers
  • Equipment manufacturers

Associate Members are non-voting members looking to get involved with AMERIPEN for a variety of reasons, but usually with a focus on policy. Trade Associations and Consultancies are welcome to apply for Associate Membership. Annual dues are $5,000.

Affiliate status is aimed at non-profit organizations, trade associations, government entities, and others who are not eligible for voting membership, but wish to maintain a relationship with AMERIPEN. Affiliates do not pay dues.

You can learn about the benefits of being Voting or Associate Members on our Benefits of Membership page.


For voting members, annual dues are assessed on a sliding scale according to company size:

                           Company Size       Annual Dues
  • Tier 1               >$10B                      $20,000
  • Tier 2            $1B-$10B                   $15,000
  • Tier 3           $10M-<$1B                 $10,000
  • Tier 4              <$10M                        $5,000
Size is defined as global sales ($USD ) reported for the most recent fiscal year of the parent company.

Voting Rights

As with the dues structure, member voting follows a sliding scale based on company size. Each member shall name one Voting Delegate to cast that member’s vote(s) on any action brought before the membership.

  • Tier 1 >$10B – 7 votes
  • Tier 2 $1B-$10B – 4 votes
  • Tier 3 $10M-$1B – 2 votes
  • Tier 4 <$10M – 1 vote

Membership in AMERIPEN is pro-rated over the calendar year on a quarterly basis.  Companies and Associate Members that join AMERIPEN prior to the annual meeting (held in June) are able to participate in the Meeting and help set the direction for the coming year.

Companies and Associate Members that join AMERIPEN following the Annual Meeting have the opportunity to serve on committees and project teams. These companies will be assessed dues at the full rate the following calendar year.

Regarding the treatment of dues for tax purposes: To avoid any Federal lobbying tax, AMERIPEN will pay all required U.S. Federal taxes related to its direct lobbying efforts.

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