ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™

Building on over 15 years of research into business drivers of effective advisor engagement, the ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™ provides a principles-led foundation to support the advisory community and the organisations they serve through advisory boards.

The ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™ sets out the core principles which are pillars to support organisations of any size to benefit from their advisory board.

The ABF101 Framework is non-binding and non-prescriptive. It is principles-led and encourages adaptation to the organisation’s needs and operating environment.


About the ABF101 Framework

The ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™ was developed by the Advisory Board Centre as a foundation for the global advisory sector.

The development commenced with a global review of advisory board practice. To ensure independence in the process, the ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™ was evaluated and endorsed by a Best Practice and Ethics Advisory Board representing the advisory sector. The ABF101 is subject to a biennial consultation and review process, with the most recent Third edition released in July 2024.

To ensure application in numerous environments, the following interest groups were represented by committee members:

  • Government
  • Academia
  • Governance Boards
  • Institutional Investors
  • International market representation
  • Institutional Corporate Organisations
  • Incubators and Accelerators
  • Professional Services and Partnerships
  • Not-for-Profit Organisations

Who should utilise the ABF101 Framework?

The ABF101 Framework is designed to meet the needs of new and established organisations, reflecting the dynamic and unique nature of individual organisations and the advisory community that supports them.

The ABF101 Framework is valuable and useful to the market including the following groups:


  • interested in raising the standard of their own professional contribution to the advisory sector
  • seeking to maximise their impact on organisations to create empowered engagement
  • seeking to differentiate their offering in the market through certification and recognition


  • seeking to identify and make informed evaluations of advisory professionals and structures
  • committed to ensuring that their advisory board initiatives are seen to connect with credible, consistent practice
  • interested in strengthening confidence in purposeful engagement and strategic direction


  • seeking to promote credible, consistent and comparable language and practice
  • providing guidance on advisor engagement and business practice
  • interested in strengthening confidence in business and professional markets by promoting ABF101-alignment, advisory integrity, transparency and accountability

Why Best Practice Matters in Advisory Boards

The ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™ is designed to complement and strengthen existing governance systems. It is designed for flexibility, enablement and harnessing the powerhouse of expertise to make things happen. Inherently it is purposeful, flexible and agile.

The ABF101 Framework responds to market-identified needs and feedback from various groups engaged and interested in the advisory sector to encourage professionalism, good governance and clarity in an advisory board context.

Those accessing the ABF101 Advisory Board Best Practice Framework™ will also benefit from the professional development and resources within the Certified Chair™ Executive Program which provide guidance on practical adoption, adaptation, implementation and facilitation of advisory boards.

Organisations, Directors and Government representatives seeking external support and guidance on advisory board best practice are also invited to connect with our Advisory+ support team.

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ABF101 Advisory Best Practice Framework™