The mission of ACORD is to facilitate the development and use of standards for the insurance and related financial services industries. ACORD accomplishes its mission by remaining an objective, independent advocate for sharing information among diverse platforms. ACORD is committed to providing standards and services that improve efficiency and expand market reach by: reducing costs; reducing duplication of work and ambiguous communication exchanges; improving accuracy; facilitating e-business; and supporting multiple distribution models. ACORD is a nonprofit insurance association.

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