Benefits of becoming an ABP Member:
This factsheet outlines the benefits accrued to Members both tangible and intangible. There are direct material benefits, innate benefit as well as intangible benefit, by virtue of association.
The ABP has as its forerunners The Association of BEE Verification Agencies (ABVA) and the National Association of BEE Consultants (NABC), its roots stretching back to 2005. The Institutional memory vested in the ABP as a sector–specific representative body is a ready resource to all Members.
The ABP is a Member–based, Member–driven and Member–supported organisation where volunteerism ensures participation and contribution.
Our founding organisations have been at the cutting edge of the economic transformation journey in South Africa resulting in the development and standardising of the B-BBEE MDP Programme, recognised as a key qualification for B-BBEE Professionals, whether Technical Signatories, Practitioners or Consultants.
The ABP is also formally recognised as a Professional Body by SAQA with a Professional Designation of Economic Empowerment Professional (EEP). Only ABP members can work towards having this designation after their names. Continuous Professional Development is part of our ethos as we ensure that Members are kept abreast with latest legislative and sectoral developments. ABP’s membership is a calendar year 01 January – 31 December.
Representing the interest of you the Member has been a strength of the ABP from inception and this has always been on the mandate of membership. The ABP engages with all statutory structures as they relate to the sector being the JTC of the dti and relevant structures within the dti, relevant SETAs, the Services SETA, in particular, Sector Charter Councils and The B-BBEE Commissioner. The ABP is formally recognised by these structures as representing Members. The ABP is therefore at the cutting edge of all developments in the sector and able to keep Members abreast at all times.
The ABP works closely with Industry Associations such as SAIPA and the EDCSA where their Member interests with regard to B-BBEE are addressed through the ABP, strengthening sectoral representation. We share common values.
The ABP is a recognised brand in the marketplace, this allows for clients of our Members having a level of comfort knowing that they are dealing with service providers who subscribe to a Code of Conduct and values and that in the rare event that a Member transgresses, there is a means of recourse. The ABP logo, however, is only authorised for use by Practice and Corporate Members.
The diverse nature of membership, being direct as well as through MoUs, allows for excellent opportunities for Members to network, collaborate and grow their individual businesses. It also allows for intellectual engagements around key sectoral developments with the sharing of insights and personal growth through engagement. The key is engagement once membership has been achieved and active participation by the Member.
The above are some of the benefits accrued to Members, benefit is a relative term, and it all depends on what you require as an individual or company. We look forward to welcoming you as a Member where our offering intersects with your need. Though we do welcome all enquiries ABP receives, kindly note that we are only able to assist current ABP Members.
We welcome you to the ABP Membership and we look forward to your participation in your industry body.
The Association of B-BBEE Professionals, a good choice!