Mission Statement of the Global Address Data Association

The mission of the Association shall be to support through research, advocacy and educational programs the following propositions:

  • that the possession of an address is a fundamental human right which enables and empowers individuals to participate fully in the social, political, and economic life of their communities and nations;
  • that it is the obligation of governments to assure that every individual may obtain an address that will enable them to so participate;
  • that businesses, governments, non-profit organizations and other institutions which must communicate with identifiable individuals have an obligation to maintain records with correct addresses for such individuals;
  • that it is critical for economic, social, and political health of societies that all postal systems develop and maintain address systems and change of address systems through which individuals may be contacted;
  • that address systems and addresses be consistent, functional, and accessible by all parties with a legitimate need to communicate to such individuals regardless of where such parties may be located;
  • that addresses come in different forms, representing different views of geophysical space drawn for different purposes, all of which are of interest and concern to this Association;
  • that the address-user community as a whole is entitled to knowledgeable and professional representation when their interests are affected by government action or inaction

In fulfillment of this mission, the Association shall

A.  Advocate to postal systems that they do the following:

  1. Establish and maintain postal code and address databases which include an address of each residence, public building, and business within the country.
  2. That such databases shall be computer-compatible and addresses shall be consumer-friendly and understandable
  3. That access to these databases shall be available to both individuals and companies under license terms that are public, non-discriminatory, and fair. Terms, including prices, for access to the address data should be at a level which will not discourage use and will enable data processors and program developers to remain competitive in the market.
  4. Establish and maintain change of address databases, access to which is made available on a non-discriminatory basis and at a fair price which does not discourage use, as above.
  5. Provide non-discriminatory access to these data regardless of the nationality of the data user.
  6. Establish an advisory board of business and consumer users of these data to act as a channel for dialogue regarding addressing and address data.

B. Advocate to the address data user community (businesses, non-profit organizations, government institutions, etc.) and to all commercial and non- commercial enterprises in general the critical need to improve house data by establishing best practices in data and list hygiene.

C. Advocate to policymakers in international, national, and regional governments to stress the importance of address and change of address systems with the goal of expanding the universe of commercially useable data,




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