HRI is governed by a Board of Directors of up to nine people, who are elected for three-year terms. HRI follows a Foundations Model of governance, in which the Directors are also the members. Board appointments are made by resolution of the Board itself.
Harm Reduction International is an international, not-for-profit NGO and a company limited by guarantee in accordance with company law in England and Wales (Company number – 3223265). It is also a registered UK charity (Charity Number – 1117375).
A summary of our governance and activities can be found in the introduction to the most recent Audited Financial Accounts.
The Board of Directors meets twice a year. Between meetings of the full Board, related decisions are devolved to a four person Executive Committee, comprised of the Board Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
The following documents and reports describe how we operate:
Memorandum of Association
The formal document establishing Harm Reduction International in 1996 (then under our old name 'International Harm Reduction Association') includes details of the aims, objectives and powers of the association in accordance with company law in England and Wales. This document was updated in 2010.
Articles of Association
As a company limited by guarantee, there are certain rules and regulations governing how Harm Reduction International operates, which are set out in the Articles of Association (revised 2015) and the Conflicts of Interest Policy.
Harm Reduction International submits annual financial accounts as required under company law in England and Wales. Our accounts are prepared by Kreston Reeves.