LLLI Area Obligations and Privileges
In order to protect the LLLI brand and maintain a cohesive LLLI presence throughout the world a recognized LLLI Area must have:
- The participation of at least 20 LLLI Leaders. Exceptions may be made by the LLLI Executive Director.
- A decision-making body or method to establish and refine agreements among Area Leaders. All Area Leaders have the right and the responsibility to choose their decision-making body or method.
- An explicit system of mutual accountability among those Leaders with regard to adherence to LLLI policies and other agreements made by those Leaders.
- An adequate system for handling and reporting monetary transactions.
- A means for Leaders and Leader Applicants to connect to the LLLI accreditation processes.
- A means to provide its Leaders access to the technical breastfeeding knowledge present within the LLLI Professional Liaison (PL) support network.
- A means for admitting and removing Leaders from the Area.
In addition, an LLLI Area must:
- Recognize LLLI as the sole source for accreditation of LLLI Leaders, and that such accreditation is valid worldwide.
- Ensure the transparency of and access to its financial records by its Leaders and LLLI.
- Ensure the transparency of and access to its programmatic reporting by its Leaders and LLLI.
- Regularly provide an outline of its system of accountability and other Leader agreements for review by its respective Area Network and the LLLI Executive Director.
- Ensure that the essential elements of its Leader agreements are simple enough to be understood by all participating Leaders.
- Maintain a primary connection with an LLLI-recognized Area Network, for mutual support and accountability.
- Provide LLLI with a roster of its Leaders, and report any changes in a timely manner.
- Establish procedures for forming, operating and reporting from legal entities (including but not limited to LLLI Groups) that exist within the Area.
An LLLI Area may:
- Establish legal entities for serving mothers, such as LLLI Groups.
- Use the LLLI name and logo, consistent with LLLI policies.
- Participate in any specialized support networks (including departments and workgroups) facilitated by LLLI.
- Collect and process LLLI dues and fees, as needed, and donations to support the LLLI activities of its Leaders.
- Work in cooperation with any organization that does not directly contradict LLLI philosophy.
(Nov 2007, rev Oct 2009)