The initiative for the creation of AIB has been taken by an international group of integrated vegetable seeds companies. These are companies which carry out research, plant breeding and seed production as well as marketing and distribution of seeds, within one and the same company. Membership of AIB is open to any integrated seed company subscribing to the AIB Code of Conduct
AIB also looks after the interests of the dealers, distributors, and young plant raisers distributing the varieties of the AIB members and the ten thousands of farmers growing them.
The 14 founding members of AIB are: