FIVS is a global organisation designed to serve the wine, spirits, and beer sectors from around the world on public policy issues. Its members include producers, distributors, importers, exporters, and trade associations.
As a non-governmental organisation, FIVS gathers and disseminates information related to activities of interest to its members and advocates consensus positions to international and intergovernmental organisations as well as governments.
FIVS has its headquarters in Paris, France. Its members are based around the world.
FIVS aims to enhance the global operating environment for the alcohol beverage industry by providing leadership and through:
- Targeted initiatives in response to global pressures and opportunities.
- Coordinating and conducting effective, united advocacy with all appropriate organisations.
- Rapid acquisition and dissemination of information.
A successful global alcohol beverage industry, operating on the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability, focusing on consumer interests, and operating in a climate free from trade-distorting factors of all kinds.
The four central philosophies and tenets underlying all FIVS’s activities are:
- Consensus: FIVS conducts its business on a strict consensus basis, in which actions may only proceed in the absence of objection from any of its voting members.
- Communication: FIVS encourages and stimulates communication among its members to the fullest possible extent, together with the exchange of appropriate information that can help FIVS achieve its Mission for the benefit of all members.
- Collaboration: FIVS strategic initiatives invariably involve a high degree of collaboration among members, in pursuit of mutually beneficial objectives.
- Commitment: A common feature of FIVS activities is a high level of commitment in terms of time and energy from the membership. This helps to ensure that only those initiatives that are seen as highly valuable are actually pursued.
FIVS was created in 1951, a period of great economic development for the alcohol beverage industry. Since then, FIVS’ mission has grown as a reflection of the increasing internationalisation of the industry and its related opportunities and challenges.
More recently, in 2017, FIVS realigned its activities around the triple bottom line of sustainability, recognizing the importance of the economic, social and environmental dimensions for the long-term durability of the alcohol beverage industry. Today FIVS works on variety of issues such as responsible consumption, ethical trading, water footprinting, labeling, etc. in order to promote a sustainable industry.
FIVS’s work is organised around four key activities:
- Gathering and sharing relevant information: FIVS reports on significant developments to its members in critical topical areas such as economic, social and environmental sustainability matters.
- Developing and communicating positions on key issues: FIVS’ Committees and Working Groups develop policy and technical positions. FIVS then advocates on behalf of its members after consensus is reached and communicates views to relevant bodies including national governmental authorities, intergovernmental organisations and others. FIVS has been engaged on issues such as advertising restrictions, restrictive trade measures, allergen labelling requirements and significant technical matters.
- Serving as an international networking platform: FIVS’ Meetings and Conferences bring together industry members, government officials, academic experts and others from around the world. These gatherings enable participants to learn about and exchange views on cutting-edge issues and to collaborate on industry initiatives.
- Interacting with international organisations: FIVS holds observer status at the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). FIVS also interacts with other international bodies such as the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG), the International Wine Technical Summit (IWTS), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Wine Regulatory Forum, the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Customs Organisation (WCO), the International Organisation of Legal Metrology (OIML) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).