By Wendy Morrell, Operations and Communications Manager, Fredericton Chamber of Commerce
The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that they have achieved their re-accreditation through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Fifteen years ago, the Fredericton chamber was one of the first chambers in Canada to go through the accreditation process and receive their initial accreditation. Since then, the chamber prepares an extensive package to re-apply every three years in order to keep their accreditation status. This package is reviewed by a panel of chamber peers at the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada (CACC). The CACC has a dedicated team of representatives from all levels of the chamber network, oversees the accreditation process. The CACC determined what the core activities of a chamber are and what the requirements under each activity would be for accreditation. Through a process of regular refinement, the current checklist of requirements has been laid out.
So what does all of this mean? Accreditation is the formal acknowledgement that a chamber of commerce or board of trade have been successfully evaluated against rigorous national standards of policy, service and performance. An accredited chamber of commerce ensures that the chamber has a strategic focus on core chamber activities, has uniform practices, policies across the chamber network, has dependable governance procedures, has distinctive brand identity and has a stronger “Voice of business” in their community and has an increased role in national and international policy advocacy.
The Fredericton Chamber of Commerce proudly displays their re-accreditation logo on the chamber’s website to assure their members and potential members that their chamber has business processes and practices in place to prove that they have met with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce national accreditation guidelines and shows our commitment to, our unique value proposition as “the voice of business” in communities across Canada.