Statutes of SimpleSAMLphp



Statutes of SimpleSAMLphp



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Leenaars, M.A.G.J.; Meijer, J.; Aben, G.; Suklje, M.


March 2021

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The SimpleSAMLphp Programme (in short: SimpleSAMLphp) has been established to facilitate an open, transparent and efficient governance process throughout the future development of the technology and auxiliary materials (such as documentation, tests, validators and tutorials) developed within the SimpleSAMLphp user and development community.

SimpleSAMLphp seeks to provide guidance, oversight and coordination of activities as well as a long-term, multi-stakeholder and architectural perspective.

Financial considerations

SimpleSAMLphp operates on a nil budget, which means there are no direct financial considerations.

SimpleSAMLphp Board of Directors determines the desired direction of the development of technology and auxiliary materials. At the request of grantmaking organisations, donors and partners, SimpleSAMLphp MAY provide guidance to others on and inspiration with regards to the establishment and evaluation of activities. SimpleSAMLphp itself will have no direct financial involvement in such activities under any circumstances.


The central decision making body within SimpleSAMLphp is the SimpleSAMLphp Board of Directors (in short: SimpleSAMLphp Board). The SimpleSAMLphp Board is a meritocratic committee responsible for making and coordinating decisions on behalf of the user and developer community around SimpleSAMLphp, according to the conditions set forth in these Statutes as well as any Regulations established by prior decisions of the SimpleSAMLphp Board.

The SimpleSAMLphp Board has a minimum of three, and a maximum of seven natural persons. The founding SimpleSAMLphp Board has appointed a number of its constituting Directors to serve a half (12 month) term, and the remainder to serve a regular (24 month) term. Subsequent Directors are elected by the SimpleSAMLphp Board to regular 24 month terms according to the procedure set out in these Statutes. Directors are permitted to seek office for multiple terms, however, when running against other candidates the amount of terms they have consecutively served is deducted from the votes cast in their favour. This provides a balance between continuity, equal opportunities and renewal of qualities and competences.

The SimpleSAMLphp Board elects one of its members as its chair.

The SimpleSAMLphp Board determines the Programme’s structure and processes, and is responsible for maintaining its Statutes and Regulations. The SimpleSAMLphp Board is free to make or revise any decision, taking into consideration applicable law as well as any immutable conditions previously established within the Statutes or Regulations.

In order to efficiently fulfill its tasks, the Board may establish specialized committees and taskforces, as well as assign named roles to qualified individuals to provide advice and assistance on specific issues. The associated qualifications, tasks and responsibilities SHALL be formalised by publication as part of the Regulations of SimpleSAMLphp.

The SimpleSAMLphp Board (and any person, group or organisation mandated by the SimpleSAMLphp Board on its behalf) must act in good faith and in the common interest of the developer community and the wider user community of SimpleSAMLphp. If significant harm to the organization has been committed by any Director, he or she MAY be removed from the Board by a simple majority vote of the rest of the Board.

The SimpleSAMLphp Board SHALL convene online or offline at least quarterly.

Voting procedure

Any two SimpleSAMLphp Directors MAY jointly organise a vote of the SimpleSAMLphp Board on any subject, after which a notification SHALL be sent out by email to each Director detailing the proposed action and the deadline.

Each Director is entitled to one (1) vote on each matter submitted to a vote. Voting happens through an electronic voting system, by email vote or by a quorate (online) meeting. A quorum is reached when all Directors are either (tele)present, have appointed a proxy or have indicated they will abstain from voting.

It is the responsibility of each Director to maintain valid contact details for communication within the Board. When a Director does not respond to multiple communication requests or invitations to vote for a period of one month across at least two different channels, he or she is removed from the quorum count until contact is restored.

Regular decisions of the SimpleSAMLphp Board are taken by a simple majority. Any amendment to these Statutes requires a consensus of the entire SimpleSAMLphp Board minus one Director. In all cases, the Chair of the SimpleSAMLphp board casts the deciding vote in case of a tie.

Each Director agrees to use his best efforts to resolve disputes in an informal manner.


All SimpleSAMLphp Directors (as well as any persons the SimpleSAMLphp Board have delegated tasks and/or responsibilities to) are understood to act as fiduciaries with regard to the SimpleSAMLphp Programme, and their duties include, but are not limited to, the fiduciary duty of care and the fiduciary duty of loyalty.

Directors SHOULD NOT receive any personal benefit as a result of a pending decision – he or she is required to explain the circumstances and avoid taking any part in the decision.

Any conflict of interest or apparent conflict of interest between SimpleSAMLphp and individual Directors MUST be avoided. Directors undertake to declare any interest in any item under discussion and MAY be invited by the SimpleSAMLphp Chair to withdraw from discussions when business concerning their personal interests or the interests of natural or legal persons close to them is being dealt with. Directors MUST heed such an invitation and at the very least abstain from voting.

Decisions involving activities under which one or more Directors would have conflicts of interest that are of material significance to the Programme and/or to the relevant Director(s) require the approval of the entire SimpleSAMLphp Board minus the Director(s) with a conflict of interest.

Licensing policy

All software and content created or maintained within SimpleSAMLphp is to be made publically available perpetually at no cost under one or more of the licenses on the Free Software Foundation’s list of “recommended copyleft licenses” or any license approved by the Open Source Initiative on or after the submission date.

When additional licensing needs (which would make the identical software or assets available also through licenses not on those lists) arise, the SimpleSAMLphp Board is responsible for deciding on a case by case basis how this shall be best dealt with. In such matters the Board SHALL act in the common interest of the user and developer community, respectful of the spirit and intents of the original creators of and contributors to SimpleSAMLphp.

Any financial benefits resulting from licensing agreements with third parties shall exclusively be directed towards a not-for-profit organisation aligned with the goals of SimpleSAMLphp as contribution to the future development and maintenance of SimpleSAMLphp. These contributions shall be spent under the responsibility of the SimpleSAMLphp Board, on behalf of the SimpleSAMLphp user and developer community and in the general public interest.

Transition into these Statutes

The following decisions are ratified by the signatories when these Statutes take effect:

  • The founding SimpleSAMLphp Board shall be comprised of the individuals acting as signatories of the initial version of these Statutes, the act of which also has established all signees as Directors.

  • Jan MEIJER is appointed as the SimpleSAMLphp Chair for a period of 24 months.

  • Dedra CHAMBERLIN and Marina ADOMEIT are appointed as Director of the SimpleSAMLphp Board for a period of 24 months.

  • Niels VAN DIJK and Jaime PÉREZ are appointed as Directors of the SimpleSAMLphp Board for a period of 12 months.

  • The SimpleSAMLphp Board commits to identify and approach all rights holders, and ask them to transfer the moral stewardship of the codebase to the SimpleSAMLphp Programme.

Agreed on 2021-04-21 by: