World Chambers Federation
The World Chambers Federation (WCF) is ICC’s unique and truly global forum uniting the global network of 12,000 chambers and their respective business communities. As well as strengthening links among chambers, WCF also helps individual chambers become more productive.
As a non-political, non-governmental body, WCF is the backbone of the chamber community providing a platform for chamber leaders to communicate and collaborate with each other on matters of mutual interest and facilitating beneficial partnerships.
WCF’s extensive chamber membership plays a pivotal role in connecting ICC to SMEs worldwide and in promoting the important role SMEs play in the global economy. Recognising this valuable role, WCF provides chambers with the support they need to help SMEs face the challenges and opportunities of globalisation.
WCF works to enhance chamber capacity to foster private sector development and has developed strong ties with a range of multilateral organisations, including the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and regional development banks.
WCF also works with other private sector groups to extend programmes of assistance and training for chambers of commerce, particularly from developing and least developed countries.
Initially called the International Information Bureau of Chambers of Commerce, WCF was renamed International Bureau of Chambers of Commerce in 1951, before adopting its present name in 2001.
The activities and projects of WCF involve local, regional, national, bilateral, transnational, as well as public-law and private-law chambers.