As the only program of the kind in the country, U.S. Chamber Accreditation validates a chamber as having strong standards of programming, demonstrating clear organizational procedures, and as being a catalyst for positive action in the community.
“Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,” said Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, U.S. Chamber Executive Director of Political Affairs and Federation Relations. “We applaud these organizations for advancing the principles of free enterprise.”
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their effective organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive Accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology. This extensive self-review can take 6-9 months to complete.
"By being a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Accredited Chamber, our members know we are an accountable organization that is held to the highest standard; a standard by which only 3% of all chambers of commerce nationwide, and only 14 in the state of California meet." - Business Chamber President and CEO, Debra Rosen.
The final determination of whether a chamber is accredited and at what level is made by the Accrediting Board, a committee of U.S. Chamber board members. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.