Concepts

1. The final responsibility and the ultimate authority for ACA World Services should always reside in       the collective conscience of our whole fellowship.


2. Authority for the active maintenance of our world services is hereby delegated to the actual               voice, the effective conscience for our fellowship.

3. As a means of creating and maintaining a clearly defined working relationship between the ACA       meetings, the ACA World Service Office (WSO) Board of Trustees, and its staff and committees,         and thus ensuring their effective leadership, it is herein suggested that we endow each of these       elements of service with the traditional Right of Decision.
4. Throughout our structure, we maintain a traditional Right of Participation.

5. Throughout our structure, a Right of Petition prevails, thus assuring us that minority opinion will         be heard and that petitions for the redress of grievances will be carefully considered.

6. On behalf of ACA as a whole, our Annual Business Conference (ABC) has the principal                         responsibility for the maintenance of our world services, and it traditionally has the final decision       respecting large matters of general policy and finance. But the ABC also recognizes that most of     these matters would be exercised primarily by the Trustee members of the WSO.

7. The ABC recognizes that the Articles of Incorporation and the By-laws of the ACA WSO are legal       instruments: that the Trustees are thereby fully empowered to manage and conduct all of the           world service affairs of ACA. It is further understood that our WSO relies upon the force of                   tradition and the power of the ACA purse for its final effectiveness.

8. The Trustees of the WSO act in this primary capacity: they are the principal planners and                     administrators.

9. Good service leaders, together with sound and appropriate methods of choosing them, are, at all     levels, indispensable for our future functioning and safety. The primary world service leadership       must necessarily be assumed by the Trustees of the ACA WSO.


10. Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service authority–the scope of such       authority to be always well defined whether by tradition, by resolution, by specific job                           description, or by the Operating Policy and Procedures Manual and bylaws.

11.  While the Trustees hold final responsibility for ACA’s World Service administration, they should          always have the assistance of the best possible standing committees, corporate trustees,                  executives, staffs, and consultants. Therefore the composition of these underlying committees          and service boards, the personal qualifications of their members, the manner of their induction          into service, the systems of their rotation, the way in which they are related to each other, the            special rights and duties of our executives, staffs and consultants, together with a proper basis          for the financial compensation of these special workers, will always be matters for serious care          and concern.

12. In all its proceedings, ACA WSO shall observe the spirit of the ACA Twelve Traditions, taking              great care that the conference never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that                    sufficient operating funds, plus an ample reserve, be its prudent financial principle; that none of        the Conference members shall ever be placed in a position of unqualified authority over any of        the others; that all important decisions be reached by discussion vote and whenever possible, by      substantial unanimity; that no WSO action ever be personally punitive or an incitement to public        controversy; that though the WSO may act for the service of ACA, it shall never perform any acts      of government; and that, like the fellowship of ACA which it serves, the WSO itself will always            remain democratic in thought and action.