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National Chapter Accreditation and Individual Member Appointment Policy

National Chapters and Individual Members are key components of the Transparency International movement. Accredited chapters account for at least two-thirds of the voting power at Annual Membership Meetings, and together with the individual members they elect the Board of Directors.

The National Chapter Accreditation and Individual Appointment Policy aims to:

  • Protect the integrity, cohesion and reputation of Transparency International, and to
  • Strengthen and support the national chapters of the movement.

Under the direction of the Board, the secretariat and the Membership Accreditation Committee run a transparent and collaborative accreditation process to ensure that chapters and individual members continue to uphold the values and principles of the movement.

Chapters are accredited according to a set of objective standards in three stages: from national contact, to national chapter in formation and finally to fully accredited national chapter status.* Full accredited national chapters pass through a review process every three years, aimed at ensuring continuous compliance with our standards and strengthening the work of the chapters. In instances where a chapter’s performance continually falls short of the standards, the chapter may voluntarily withdraw or face disaccreditation or suspension from the movement.

Individual members are appointed in order to allow the movement to incorporate individuals of recognised integrity and diverse backgrounds whose dedication to and experience in anti-corruption work can aid the promotion and fulfilment of the movement’s goals. Candidacies for individual membership, as well as renewals of this status, are reviewed by the Membership Accreditation Committee and confirmed by the Board of Directors. Individual members may face removal, expulsion or suspension if their conduct does not align with the movement’s standards or somehow prejudices the reputation of the movement.

* Please note that in most areas of this website, for the purpose of conciseness national chapters, national chapters in formation, and national contacts are referred to as chapters, regardless of their status within the accreditation system. These designations do not imply any view on Transparency International’s part as to sovereignty or independent status of a geographical area.