National Business Association of Colombia is a non-profit organization whose main purpose is to expand and promote economic, social and political principles within a free enterprise system, based upon beliefs that include human dignity, political democracy, social justice, private property and liberty. ANDI is, currently, the country’s most important non-profit organization with more than 1.200 members that represent around 40 % and 55 % of the national GDP.
ANDI was created in the city of Medellin in September 11, 1944, and since then it has always been the most important private sector association. It groups more than 1100 companies that belong to different sectors of the economy: manufacturing, financial, food, mining, health, agriculture, services, among others and therefore represents a high percentage of Colombia's GDP and total employment.
The Association has its headquarters in Medellin, but also has branches in the cities of Bogotá, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Pereira, Manizales, Ibagué, Santander de Quilichao and Villavicencio.
As representative of the private sector's interests, the National Business Association of Colombia assumes the representation of its members before national and international institutions, dealing with economic, legal, social, environmental, and business issues.
ANDI interacts before the legislative and executive branches of the public sector, in order to contribute in the issuing of laws of national convenience.
ANDI advises and informs its members on subjects related with business activity, aiming towards management orientation and greater harmony in the relations with the community.
ANDI coordinates activities between its members, thus enabling private sector's unified criteria in important national topics.
ANDI supports its members in their efforts to adjust industrial activity to environmental requirements as well as society's needs. It also directs modernization processes that contribute to sustainable economic growth.
ANDI promotes the progress of business undertakings in the search of increases in productivity and efficiency.
To serve and represent, promote, and sustain an environment where corporations and markets can develop properly, offer adequate support and respond to its member’s needs, regardless of their economic activity or the size of the firm.
ANDI has a Nacional coverage. Has presence in 13 regions:
ANDI represents its members interests in the regional, national and international entities.
ANDI gives advise on environmental, economic, tributary, legal, social, and foreign trade issues, among others.
ANDI generates updated, opportunely and reliable information and analysis.
ANDI promotes discussions, experience exchange and networking spaces within its members.
ANDI is part of the IEO, IWO, ECOSOC, UN Global Pact and observer in BIAC. Moreover, it is part of the Pacific Alliance Business Council, observer in ABAC and holds over 100 cooperation agreements with business associations around the world.
ANDI foster´s work groups that aim to encourage the communication channels among its members.
Contributes to the country´s economic areas focusing on global trend topics by organizing events with national impact and business round tables.
ANDI offers comfortable and modern meeting rooms to its members in Bogotá, Medellín and Cali.
ANDI has a documentation center, founded in 1960, specialized in economic and statistic topics.
Legal and Regulatory Affairs:
- Study and propose legal advice on public policies ensuring legal security
- Support and guide ANDI´s members and public entities on legal and social topics both at the national and international level
- perform analysis and measure diverse variables related to industry and economy
- Promote supply chain projects
- Guide, represent, and train ANDI´s members on sustainable development subjects
- Do a legislative, regulatory and legal follow-up on environmental topics
Position digital and technological disruption to improve members´ productivity and the country’s economic development.
International Affairs Directorate
Anti-corruption and Transparency for the Country’s Development and Competitiveness
Promote transparency through an instrument that allows the knowledge of corruption perceptions and risks at a regional level. Provide tools to promote a scenario of integrity and ethics within the private sector.
Latin-American Alliance Against Smuggling (ALAC – Spanish)
Build a public-private alliance between the region´s private sector associations, enterprises and governments.
Counterfeit Products and Brand Usurpation Project