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

The 2019 Competition categories will be announced in 2018. The four 2017 categories included:

  • 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 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 education and training project

The knowledge and skill-level of today’s youth, employees, managers and entrepreneurs are crucial to the establishment, advancement and success of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  As a response, chambers continuously develop capacity building services to fulfil the unique needs of their respective communities. This category acknowledges chambers that are proving that investing in education and training can make a world of difference.

  • Best unconventional project

This award will recognise 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.

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