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The next edition of the World Chambers Competition will be held during the ICC WCF World Chambers Congress. The chambers shortlisted as finalists will select one person to attend the Congress to present their innovative projects and initiatives to a diverse group of chamber and business leaders from around the world.

After evaluating each presentation, an international jury will choose one chamber from each category as Competition winners. A ceremony announcing the winners will take place on the final day of the event, during the Congress Gala dinner.

2017 World Chambers Competition finalists included:

Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project

  • Brazilian Confederation of Trade and Business Associations (Brazil)
    Project: Business Women Empowerment Programme – Brazilian National Council of Business Women
    Summary: The Business Women Empowerment Programme stands for the set of actions undertaken from 2015 to 2017 by CACB’s National Council of Business Woman, which was divided into five guidelines and a set of cross-sectional actions.
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce (United Kingdom)
    Project: Worcestershire Works Well
    Summary: Worcestershire Works Well is an accreditation scheme designed to support businesses to improve the health and well-being of their employees. The project is a public-private partnership, which is currently working with over 90 active companies and impacting over 25,000 employees.
  • Isfahan Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (Iran)
    Project: New Generation Bright Horizon
    Summary: Through the establishment of the Women Affairs and Youth Affairs Commissions, this programme provides women and youth with the opportunity to be involved in social and competitive economic activities, under two major fields: education, consultancy services and other inspiring activities, as well as entrepreneurial events.
  • PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (India)
    Project: Water resource management
    Summary: The water resource management programme aims to promote long-term sustainable solutions for the dry lands of Rajasthan and Haryana in Northern India. Through the construction of water harvesting structures, the programme provides economic security to the village community—especially poor farmers who are in need of access to water for cultivation.

Best job creation and business development project

  • Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce (Colombia)
    Project: Barranquilla High-Growth Ecosystem
    Summary: Developed in 2015, this project supports high-growth entrepreneurship in Barranquilla. Having already several entities established within the city and being aware of their services, processes and requirements, the Barranquilla Chamber promotes synergies between them in order to consolidate a start-up pipeline that helps the region at having more and better entrepreneurs with high growth potential.
  • Business West Chambers of Commerce (United Kingdom)
    Project: The International Trade Centre
    Summary: This unique programme was brought forth to maximise international trade as a way to benefit business in South West England. Using strong ground-based research, the Centre and its subsequent support services has engaged with 5,800 exporters, assisted 2,010 companies with overseas sales to the value of £430 million and created 3,800 jobs.
  • Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
    Project: Commercial Information and Competitive Intelligence Centre
    Summary: This project responds to the commercial intelligence and information inquiries received from chamber members companies by managing Big Data to better understand the commercial activities of their competitors.
  • Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry (The Philippines)
    Project: Trade Tourism and Investment Promotion (TIP)
    Summary: The TIP project supports the Negros Oriental Chamber’s advocacy of promoting inclusive economic growth and championing local economic development through public-private partnerships between various government and non-government institutions and organisations.
  • Shiraz Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (Iran)
    Project: Supporting medicinal plant production and marketing to help farmers affected by drought
    Summary: By creating headquarters in the Fars province of Iran, this project helped develop the cultivation and export of medicinal plants. Its purpose was to increase rural employment and revive agriculture in the area, which has been severely affected by drought.

Best education and training project

  • Bursa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Turkey)
    Project: Bursa Design and Technology Development Centre (BUTGEM)
    Summary: BUTGEM is a vocational education foundation that supports the city of Bursa by developing a trained and skilled labour force. The Centre provides youth and other inspiring entrepreneurs with free, lifelong, practical hands-on training on the latest technologies and innovations to enhance job expertise, business start-ups and expansion capabilities.
  • Eskisehir Chamber of Industry (Turkey)
    Project: EIC QualifyWork
    Summary: QualifyWork is a recruitment and employment centre that incorporates distinctive inspirational and innovative features while fulfilling specific needs and objectives of the Chamber, its SME member community and the local economy. It covers complementary and integration activities that support workplace innovation capacities, as well as the industrial development of both the companies and region.
  • Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Germany)
    Project: Refugee Integration into the labour market
    Summary: The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce tackles refugee integration into the labour market through a six-point-plan of activities. Specialised job application trainings with company CSR support, competency assessments for recognition of prior learning and market places for companies and refugees have all proven to be extremely effective for job creation and business development.
  • Whistler Chamber of Commerce (Canada)
    Project: The Whistler Experience
    Summary: The Whistler Experience is a partnership between the Whistler Chamber of Commerce and the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business to provide unique training opportunities for its membership and other British Columbia businesses. The programme embraces all chamber initiatives that strengthen customer service in the city and beyond.

Best unconventional project

  • Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil (Ecuador)
    Project: Cyber Monday
    Summary: Cyber Monday is an online platform that provides buyers with a secure online shopping environment to promote e-commerce in Ecuador. The platform showcases a carefully selected group of companies who have a recognised profile of doing business online. In doing this, CCG can reduce the possibility of fraud and ensure a positive online shopping experience for consumers.
  • Chamber of Commerce of Pereira (Colombia)
    Project: El Primer Ladrillo (The First Brick)
    Summary: Once highly recognised as a symbol of strength and civility, the city of Pereira was losing its positive image due to years of negative media publicity. To change this impression, the Chamber of Commerce of Pereira launched a marketing campaign to enable Pereirans to share their story and write a new story of Pereira as an outstanding and dynamic city. The initiative not only improved the city’s public image but also led to the completion of a convention centre that has boosted economic development in the city and region.
  • Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (United Arab Emirates)
    Project: Dubai Innovation Index
    Summary: The Dubai Innovation Index is a platform that was conceptualised in 2015 to boost the innovation ecosystem of Dubai in several ways. The Index measures the innovation maturity of SMEs—both large and small and across all industries—to determine their current capabilities and how they are using those capabilities to drive their innovation output.
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership (United States)
    Project: Global Insurance Accelerator
    Summary: The Global Insurance Accelerator is a mentor-driven business accelerator designed to foster innovation in the insurance industry by supporting startups targeting the global insurance industry. The accelerator was formed to match innovation with a key central Iowa industry to drive growth for local companies as well as the international industry.
  • Sao Paulo Chamber of Commerce (Brazil)
    Project: Impostometro (Taxometer)
    Summary: Brazil is a developing country that has always suffered from the heavy tax burden imposed on society by the government. In 2005, the Sao Paulo Chamber of Commerce implemented the “Impostometro,” a tax meter that registers the amount of money collected by the government from all taxes paid by Brazilians. The digital meter was installed on top of the chamber building for full visibility.

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