Kantara Entities

See Kantara Initiative Inc. Membership Benefits in table format.

Kantara Initiative, Inc is a registered 501(c) (6) tax exempt non-profit Industry Association which incorporates intellectual property rights protections for its members’ contributions. Kantara Initiative Educational Foundation, Inc and Kantara Initiative Europe established in the EU member state of Estonia are financially separate entities.

Please read Kantara’s published policies and in particular ByLawsOperating ProceduresIntellectual Property RightsPrivacy Policy as you will be asked to confirm your acceptance of them before signing the Membership Agreement contained within the Membership Level links below.

Note 1: All Membership Fees are denoted in USD and due on an annual schedule.
Note 2: Definitions applicable to Kantara Initiative Inc Member Levels are shown in this Note. All other terms are interpreted as their dictionarymeaning.
Personnel’ is defined as the total number of employees and fixed term contractors worldwide in the corporation, company, related companies or other entity under control of the joining entity by virtue of more than fifty percent (50%) ownership or shares/securities.
Director’ level membership is subject to an accompanying application and review by the Kantara Board of Directors that retains the right to deny any application at its sole discretion. Incoming Director organizations are expected to sponsor a Working Group or a project within a Work Group or sponsor another opportunity within in 12 months of joining. Contact Us for the Board Level Membership application.
Organization’ is defined as a Limited Liability Company or some other form of incorporated entity or Partnership that includes Research and Education, Non-Profit and NGO sectors. Organization Level Members in the Research and Education, Non-Profit and NGO sectors may apply for partial Fees Assistance to the Board of Directors, and can include ‘Payment in Kind’ applications in line with applicable policies. Organization level members are encouraged to sponsor a Working Group or a project within a Work Group or sponsor another opportunity to maximize the benefits of their membership.
Individual’ is defined as a unique person that is not representing themselves in goods and services trade, nor as a Limited Liability Company or some other form of incorporated entity. Individual level members may only join (and be represented by) using a personal email address from a social network or ISP. No organization email address is permitted. Individual Level Members may apply for partial Fees Assistance to the Board of Directors, and can include ‘Payment in Kind’ applications in line with applicable policies.
Note 3: Organizations outsourcing or otherwise bringing their programs/schemes to Kantara Trust Services to operate under the Kantara Initiative Trust Framework are required to join Kantara at the applicable membership level and remain a member in good standing while the program/scheme remains active in Kantara.
Note 4: Where applicable to the member joining or renewing membership Trust Registry Listing Fees cover one CSP service per service provider entity or one (lead) Accredited Assessor per auditing entity per domain of expertise. Additional CSP services or Accredited Assessor applications from the same entity require the additional applicable processing and Trust Registry fee per Trust Mark domain (but not an additional Kantara membership fee). The Conformance Assessment Program is not available to the Individual Member Level due to potential issues of Liability. Small businesses (even those whose trading name is their own), medium size and large businesses using a business email address, may apply to be part of the Conformance Assessment Program under the Organization Member Level.
Example Kantara fee constructions:
Example #1: Organization member in the 1-3 Personnel category also an Accredited Assessor for one Trust Mark ($450 + $2,000 = $2450 total);
Example #2: Director member in the 101-1000 Personnel category, also holding 2 CSP services/brands – Acme Authentication Credential and Acme Consent Manager – ($30,000 + $3,000 + $3,000 = $36,000).
Note 5: New programs (schemes) and their respective Trust Marks become available over time. Status on a previous Program/Trust Mark must still be valid at the time of Approval/Accreditation of an additional Trust Mark by the Assurance Review Board, together with the Membership Level status verified as current (i.e. in good standing) to avoid a new application for Approval/Accreditation.