The WCO is a non-profit charitable organization based in New York and is a non-governmental organization (NGO) of the United Nations (UN).
The WCO has members from around the world and fall into two categories: General Members (national not-for-profit organizations) and Affiliate Members (governmental organizations, industrial enterprises, or other profit-oriented organizations). WCO members commit to a code of honor to secure the highest level of corrosion control and prevention in order to avoid harming humankind, ecology, and economy by the effects of corrosion.
To promote education and best practices in corrosion control for the socio-economic benefit of society, preservation of resources, and protection of the environment.
The Board of Administrators consists of the executive officers, one member from each of the four founder organizations, and one member from each of three general members organizations selected by the General Assembly. The General Assembly has one voting member from each of the general member and founder member organizations plus one non-voting member from each affiliate member organization. Furthermore, every organization may have an alternate delegate.