Business Association or trade association is an organization that founded and funded by businesses that operate in a specific industry. It intends and supervise and liberalise international trade. It was generated on january 1,1995. An industry trade association participates in public relations activities such as advertising, education, political donations, lobbying and publishing, but its main focus is collaboration between companies, or standardization. Associations offers other services, like producing conferences, networking or educational materials. Many associations are non-profit organizations which are directed by officers who are also members.In countries with a social market economy, the role of trade associations is often taken by employers' organizations, which also have a role in the social dialogue.
The main objectives of business association or trade associations are: