Structure & governance
The TreeStation is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise constituted as a Society for the Benefit of the Community (BenCom). BenComs are a form of Industrial and Provident Society (IPS), and are a type of co-operative enterprise. We are managed by an elected Board of Directors and owned by our members, who are our community shareholders.
Our members (shareholders) are our supporters, customers, employees and directors. They have the right to attend the Annual General Meeting, to stand for election as a director, and to vote on issues of importance. All shareholders have one vote, regardless of the number of shares they hold, making it a more democratic organisation than a traditional limited company.
Shares in BenComs are a form of ethical investment: members receive a yearly fixed interest agreed by the members at the AGM. Unlike shares in normal limited companies, IPS/BenCom shares cannot be sold, although they can be repaid at par by the Society. They are also an ethical and affordable way for the TreeStation to raise capital. Any financial surplus will be re-invested in the TreeStation or will be used to support other projects for the benefit of the community.
Anyone can join