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.