About the Competition

The World Chambers Competition is the only global awards programme to recognize the most innovative projects undertaken by chambers of commerce and industry from around the world.

A unique opportunity

2013 Winners' circle

The Competition provides a unique opportunity for chambers to showcase originality and ingenuity, demonstrate determination to strengthen SMEs, improve services provided to members. Since its inception in 2003, the Competition has generated an array of case studies demonstrating entrepreneurial diversity and inspiring other chambers. Entries come not only from developed countries, but also from developing and least developed countries.

Chambers and the Competition

2013 World Chambers Competition winners

Chambers of all kinds – from bilateral, local, regional and national to public and private law – can enter the Competition.

Previous finalists and winners of this increasingly popular event have experienced a significant impact on their local and national profile, as well as on their influence, due to the recognition received for their participating projects.

"Winning a World Chambers Competition award brought us recognition from our partners at home and abroad. By setting the highest technical standards to qualify for the award, it has helped our chambers gain access to important actors in the public and private sectors alike. Every chamber looking to strengthen its entrepreneurship programmes should apply." Joseph Paul Dornelles Cairoli, President, The Confederation of Brazilian Commercial and Business Associations

2015 categories

Competition 2011 - Unconventional Project

Begin your preparations to submit your Chamber’s shining examples of innovation and best practice in any of the four following categories:

  • Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project
    This category seeks to reward those who have developed a project linking both business and their social responsibility actions to community, philanthropic, environment, workplace and marketplace activities. Such projects can include public-private partnerships and actions designed to advocate sustainable growth. Furthermore, they must underline the business advantages for CSR and ethical business practices as well as reinforce the chamber’s mission of promoting best practices among companies and institutions.
  • Best job creation & business development project
    The chambers of commerce are a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity. Candidates in this category have either developed a project that boosted growth opportunities for the chamber’s member companies or contributed to job creation in its community, creating a long-term value for the business ecosystem and the society.
  • Best policy advocacy project
    Creating a sound environment and increase economic development and trade is at the heart of a chamber’s mission. For more than 400 years, chambers of commerce have had an important role to play in shaping the entrepreneurial ecosystem through advocacy initiatives that seek to establish new policies or change and develop existing ones. Providing an essential leadership role for national and local debates on economic policy, chambers of commerce also strengthen their members’ abilities to advance beneficial public policies that generate economic growth. Projects belonging to this category should include activities such as legislative support, lobbying, public education, capacity building, relationship building, cooperation or civic leadership development.
  • Best unconventional project
    This category seeks to reward those who have developed an exceptional project in an activity not typically associated with a chamber of commerce’s mission and objectives. The project must be inspirational and innovative, while demonstrating that it fulfilled specific needs and objectives of the chamber and its SME member community, in terms of creating jobs and strengthening their local economies.

Applications open on 1 September 2014.

2013 Competition

2013 World Chambers Competition winners The 2013 Competition received entries from 65 chambers of commerce and industry from 42 countries. The 25 finalists presented their innovative projects to an international judging panel at the 8th World Chambers Congress in Doha, 22-25 April. Winning projects were announced during an award ceremony held in Doha on the closing day of the Congress.

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