Who Can Join AMERIPEN?
AMERIPEN offers two ways to become involved: Voting 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
- Equipment manufacturers
Affiliate status is aimed at non-profit organizations, trade associations, government entities, and others who are interested in maintaining communications with AMERIPEN, but who are not eligible for voting membership. Affiliates do not pay dues.
For Voting Members, annual dues are assessed on a sliding scale according to company size. Size is defined as global sales reported in the most recent fiscal year of the parent company. All figures are in U.S. dollars.
- Tier 1 >$10B — $20,000
- Tier 2 $1B-$10B — $15,000
- Tier 3 $10M-<$1B — $10,000
- Tier 4 <$10M — $5,000
More About AMERIPEN Dues
Membership in AMERIPEN is pro-rated over the year. Companies that join AMERIPEN prior to the annual meeting (held in June; a specific cutoff date will be set for each year) are able to participate in the annual meeting and help set the direction for the coming year.
Companies that join AMERIPEN following the annual meeting and therefore do not have the opportunity to participate in setting the direction for the coming year are assessed dues that are pro-rated by quarter. They are considered members for the remainder of that calendar year, and they have the opportunity to serve on committees and project teams. These companies will be assessed dues at the full rate the following year.
Regarding the treatment of dues for tax purposes, AMERIPEN will pay all required U.S. Federal taxes related to its direct lobbying efforts in order to avoid any Federal lobbying tax consequences to member companies. Note that dues paid to the Institute are not considered deductible as a charitable contribution. Each member should consult with its own tax advisor regarding any other deduction for dues paid to a non-profit trade association.