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1.1. The candidate submits an application to join the Association.

1.2. Fills out a questionnaire with basic questions necessary for the accreditation process.

1.3. An introductory offline or online meeting is conducted with the candidate’s representative to clarify the candidate’s motivation, needs, and expectations from membership in the Association, the specifics of the business, and identification.

2.1. ABBA employees verify the accuracy and compliance of the data provided by the candidate in the questionnaire and the information provided by the candidate’s representative during the meeting.

2.2. Information about the company (candidate), founders, beneficiaries, and affiliated persons is collected and evaluated from official trade registers, specialized consolidated databases, company’s public profiles and websites, media sources, extracts from databases obtained from Association partners.

2.3. With the candidate’s consent, references may be requested from members of the Association or companies in the candidate’s business field.

All information is analyzed collectively. In case of discrepancies, additional documents are requested.

3.1. A conclusion is submitted to the Association’s governing body (elected collegial organ) regarding the acceptance or rejection of the candidate for membership in the Association. The procedure for challenging the decision through the Association’s Supervisory Board is also provided.

3.2. An ABBA representative returns with the decision to the candidate.

To prevent abuse of trust, information about ABBA members is periodically verified by ABBA employees. This includes monitoring changes in basic data (e.g., changes in the composition of company participants, company reorganization) or information about violations of declared values by members. Mechanisms and grounds for excluding a company from the Association’s membership are provided.

More details about accreditation can be found in the article.