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This Manual for an Inclusive Business Accreditation System provides a comprehensive guide for any government seeking to establish an accreditation system for inclusive businesses. It gives detailed information about:

  • The concept of inclusive business and the rationale for the accreditation of inclusive businesses
  • Accreditation criteria and benchmarks
  • The process and governance system to manage and oversee the accreditation
  • The tools to conduct the accreditation

The manual also puts forward the process and governance system to manage the accreditation system. The accreditation process involves nine steps:

0. Preparatory stage: establishing the IB Accreditation System and launching the process
1. IB readiness self-assessment by companies
2. Validation of the self-assessment and initial rating of companies as accredited inclusive
business, and potential inclusive business, by IB support organizations
3. Nomination of accredited and potential inclusive businesses by IB support organizations
4. Validation by the IB accreditation agency
5. Approval of IB-accredited companies by the IB steering committee
6. Promotion of IB-accredited companies and support for potential inclusive businesses
7. Review of the IB accreditation process by the IB accreditation agency
8. Annual update of accredited inclusive businesses and their profiles