Our 2022-2025 World Chambers Federation workplan focuses on two key objectives: (i) strengthening WCF as an ICC forum and (ii) providing relevant tools that support micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses in the achievement of the following priorities:
Our efforts aim to achieve greater gender equality by expanding opportunities for women in the business community. We do this by providing spaces and delivering tools that empower women, reduce the skills gap and contributes to a growing global network of successful women leaders.
Micro- small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of most economies worldwide. Given the substantial contribution they make to job creation and global economic development, WCF highlights the imperitive of integrating smaller businesses into the global value chains. We do this by offering information and connection opportunities.
To narrow the digital gap many MSMEs are facing in this rapidly changing world, we place digitalisation at the core of our strategy by identifying the needs, instruments, and capabilities where they need further support . Thus, our mission is to promote knowledge and learnings on how they can seize the benefits of digitalisation, and how to thrive in a technological, innovative and data-driven culture.
Many companies are already recognising the big efficiency gains, innovation and reputation enhancement that come from being socially and environmentally responsible. That’s why we are helping SMEs take a proactive approach to putting corporate social responsibility and ESG at the core of their operations and to finding the right approach to help MSMEs take action that is good for the planet, good for business and good for their respective communities.
ICC WCF Regional Summits
A key priority for our World Chambers Federation is to further expand our global presence, influence and representation. Hosted by members of our global network, ICC World Chambers Federation Regional Summits enable us to achieve this by providing a regional platform for chambers to connect, learn and inspire.
Through awareness raising and capacity building initiatives around the four priority pillars of the World Chambers Federation work plan, the Regional Summits enable us to reach more MSMEs and positively impact their business.
The first-ever Regional Summit will focus on the Americas region and will take place in Bogota, Colombia, from 8-10 May 2024. The Summit will be hosted by the Bogota Chamber of Commerce.
The second edition, hosted by the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), will take place in Istanbul, Türkiye, between 23 and 25 October 2024.
World Chambers Federation Regional Summits will be held in different regions around the globe, co-hosted with a local chamber. Our aim is to further expand and engage our community of more than 1,200 chambers in discussions on global challenges and opportunities, including through a regional lens.
Chambers interested in receiving more information about hosting a WCF Regional Summit should contact the WCF Secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chamber partnerships and initiatives
The World Chambers Federation plays a central role in helping organisations interact, engage and forge partnerships with the chamber of commerce community, aligning with the chamber of commerce mission to support the SME business community.
UN agencies, multilateral development organisations and leading corporations recognise the role of local chamber of commerce networks in strengthening and supporting member companies, and in turn the economies of the countries in which they operate.
WCF has forged several partnerships with a range of business and multilateral organisations. Such partnerships have helped put in place several initiatives to strengthen chambers in developing and emerging economies, promote chamber cooperation among chambers worldwide and develop their range of respective services.
A transnational chamber of commerce and industry is a group of chambers sharing a similar geographical region, economic grouping, culture or language. Transnational chambers can be found in most regions of the world.
More than 20 transnational chambers exist around the world, creating a regional grouping of chambers of commerce, associations and enterprises, covering regions as large as Africa, to smaller, diverse communities such as the Caribbean and ASEAN.
They are non-governmental organisations, cutting across borders and serving as a forum for promoting the vital role of businessmen in the region, increasing regional business interaction, and enhancing regional economic growth.
WCF manages ICC long standing partnerships with 10 transnational chambers, creating a vital partnership and an essential connection to their business communities. These organisations are: