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. 

2017 Competition categories


The application period for the next Competition will open as of 4 November 2016 and will end on 4 April 2017. Read through the Competition guidelines to learn more about eligibility to ensure that your chamber can be the next winner of the 10th World Chambers Competition!

Competition categories

Here are the four categories that will be included in the upcoming Competition:

Best 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 market place 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 and business development project

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 SMEs financing project

This category will recognize exceptional initiatives and projects led by chambers of commerce that helped its small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs access finance to address their business operational and development needs.

Best unconventional project

This award will recognize 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. From environmental programmes, disaster relief, and migration programmes, chambers continue to innovate and change the "status quo", diversifying their image and reinforcing their relevance within their communities.

2015 Competition Results

Selection Process- Results final voting round

After presenting their projects live in Torino, Italy, all the finalists were recognized and applauded by the chamber and business community for their outstanding achievements.

On 12 June, four chambers were announced as the winners of the 9th World Chambers Competition:

  • Best advocacy project: Santiago Chamber of Commerce (Chile) - Electronic Registry of all suppliers to the Chilean state
  • Best job creation & business development project: Kocaeli Chamber of Industry (Turkey) - "Our village" Production Center Project for the Disabled
  • Best unconventional project: Calgary Chamber of Commerce (Canada) - Post-Flood Recovery and Business Continuity
  • Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Finland Chamber of Commerce (Finland) - Women Leaders Program

Click here to discover the winning and finalist projects.

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

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