Producer Members are companies that have signed a License Agreement for BPI certified products and materials. These are businesses directly tied to the production of raw materials through to the finished goods that are then sold or resold as BPI Certified products. Currently, BPI has over 250 Producer Members. In addition to holding licenses and sublicense agreements to use the BPI Certification Mark, they have voting rights, can join BPI committees, and be elected to the BPI Board of Directors. Producer Members pay an annual membership fee of $3,000 in addition to the fees associated with the certification process.
Stakeholder members are entities with an interest in BPI's mission and the broader effort to keep organics out of landfills, but who have not signed a License Agreement for the BPI certification program. Examples of Stakeholder Members include, but are not limited to, brands, retailers, universities, composters, municipalities, restaurants, NGOs, consultants, and manufacturers or resellers that haven't yet certified products or materials.
BPI is actively seeking Stakeholder Members to join the organization to better serve its mission, and to support the expansion of Education, Research, and Advocacy programs. With this new strategic direction, BPI will solidify its position as a hub for the success of compostable packaging and its role in the diversion of organic waste. We will drive awareness and understanding of composting systems that include certified products, and will expand opportunities and access for these composting programs.
Stakeholder Members enjoy all of the same voting rights, the ability to join BPI committees, etc., however, they cannot use the BPI logo for compostability claims, and have limited seats on the Board of Directors. Stakeholder Members pay the same annual membership fee of $3,000. Special membership packages are available for composters, municipalities, and other governmental or regulatory-related strategic partners.