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 of our World Chambers Federation strategy is further extending our global presence, influence and representation. In October 2022, we hosted our first-ever WCF Regional Summit, during which international speakers, panelists and experts highlighted the crucial role played by chambers of commerce in encouraging the development of SMEs and fostering public-private partnerships around the world.
The Ibero-American Summit on Business Innovation and Sustainability was held in Bogota, Colombia, for the entire Americas region, with the following results:
- + 1,200 business representatives
- 24 countries represented
- +30 chamber representatives
- +250 business connections between international companies
- 39 high-level speakers: 70% internationals
- 47% women participants
WCF Regional Summits will continue to be held 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 via discussions not only on global challenges and opportunities but also those particular to each region.
WCF Regional Summits will enable us to reach more MSMEs and positively impact their business through awareness raising and capacity building initiatives around the four priority pillars of the WCF work plan.
View our calendar to see WCF Regional Summits coming to your region.
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: