We’ve put together a list of frequently asked questions to help companies and individuals as they assess becoming a member of the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC). More information about PBPC membership can be found on our Member Benefits page.
Question: Why are we switching from a free membership to a dues structure with different tiers of membership?
Answer: Since it launched, PBPC has worked with an end-goal of making sure we are offering our members as much value as possible. To achieve this goal, we have implemented a membership dues structure that will keep participation accessible to all and ensure the council’s future with funding from across our broad cross-section of membership. This gives all our members a stake in the organization’s work, along with formalizing additional opportunities to help drive our goals and ensuring we have sustained funding to advance our policy and communications work to meet PBPC’s objective of advocating for broader adoption of plant-based products.
Question: Why should my company/myself join?
Answer: In addition to the opportunity to be a part of moving our industry forward through PBPC’s policy work, there are also numerous benefits for members such as access to relevant research, media monitoring, membership meetings, and more. Membership benefits are broken out by tier. For more information, please visit here.
Question: What does my company get for each tier of membership?
Answer: Information on benefits by tier can be found here.
Question: How long is my PBPC membership valid for?
Answer: Membership will be for the 2021 year and will need to be renewed on an annual basis.
Question: What is the role of the Board and how often do they meet?
Answer: The Board makes decisions regarding PBPC organizational and programmatic matters, along with approving the annual operating budget. Currently, the Board currently meets virtually every 6-8 weeks. When it is safe to do so, the Board will hold two annual face-to-face meetings.
Question: Who gets to sit on the Board and for how long?
- Executive Members, approved by a majority vote of current Board members, will initially serve 3-year terms.
- General Members will be represented by two Board members, elected by the General Member class and serving 2-year terms.
- Start-up/Small Business Members will be represented by one Board member, elected by the Start-up/Small Business Member class and serving a 1-year term.
Question: How do I sign up?
Answer: If you are new to PBPC, please visit here to fill out a form to get more information and details about benefits of membership. After you complete our form, a member of our team will reach out to you with more information. If you are already a member of PBPC please contact your membership representative about converting to a dues paying member.
Question: When are 2021 membership dues due by?
Answer: The deadline for current PBPC members to opt into paid PBPC membership is March 31, 2021. PBPC will be accepting dues payments beginning January 1, 2021.