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Chambers of commerce are an essential and credible intermediary between government, business and the general public, representing international and national corporations, to small- and medium-sized companies.

With activities and projects involving local, regional, national, bilateral, transnational, as well as public-law and private-law chambers of commerce, the ICC World Chambers Federation itself benefits from the diversity of its membership and works to leverage the influence and connectivity of the chamber network to improve the economic empowerment of women and other underrepresented groups in the global workforce.

With a history spanning over 400 years, chambers today exist in almost every country and offer a multitude of programmes and services to support trade and development. Today, that role includes promoting diversity and inclusion as a force for social and economic good.

The Women Leaders programme of the Finland Chamber of Commerce, a winning entry of the WCF World Chambers Competition, is just one of a myriad projects  demonstrating how chambers are taking the lead in promoting women business leaders.