CLAC’s highest authority is its General Assembly. It is composed of 170 delegates representing the organizations of small producers and associations of workers of Fair Trade from different countries and products across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Grass-roots organizations from different countries democratically choose the people that are going to represent the different productive items in CLAC’s General Assembly. In it, delegates choose the Board of Directors, Oversight Committee, they approve the three-year strategic plan and they make other important decisions for CLAC’s development.
In each General Assembly, the delegates choose the Board of Directors, they review each of the Country Networks and Network of Goods’ reports, they approve the Executive Board’s General Reports, including, Financial Statements, Strategic Plans, Strategic Lines for work at a continental level and the policy of membership.
The General Assembly was originally held every two years. The First one was held in the City of Oaxaca, State of Oaxaca, Mexico, in August 2004. The Second General Assembly was held in the City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in October 2006. The Third General Assembly was held in October 2008 in the City of Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala. The Fourth Assembly took place in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, in November 2010. As of the Fifth Assembly that took place in Quito, Ecuador, in November 2012 it was agreed that the General Assembly would be held every three years. Then, in November 2015 CLAC’s Sixth General Assembly was held in San Salvador, El Salvador. The Seventh General Assembly will take place in Peru in November 2018.