The Commonwealth consists of 54 independent member states working together in the common interest of their citizens for development, democracy and peace.
BCCCF & The Commonwealth: A General Outline
Founded in 2008, the British and Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce in Finland is the first organization to serve Commonwealth-Finnish business at all levels. The BCCCF is currently the only Commonwealth chamber in the world and as such has a distinctive contribution to offer not only its members and their stakeholders, but also the wider community of enterprises and peoples of which they are a part.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent states consulting and cooperating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding, global development and world peace. Founded in 1931, The Commonwealth has 2 billion citizens, about 30% of the world’s population, drawn from the broadest range of faiths, races, cultures and traditions. Its core beliefs are set out in the Declaration of Commonwealth Principles, issued at the 1971 summit in Singapore. It stresses; the need to foster international peace and security; democracy; liberty of the individual and equal rights for all; the importance of eradicating poverty, ignorance and disease; and it opposes all forms of racial discrimination.
The BCCCF is committed to build, strengthen and sustain business between Finland and the Commonwealth. In congruence with the Commonwealth’s Harare Declaration (1991), the BCCCF supports an effective and stable international economic framework within which sustainable growth and multilateral cooperation can be achieved; and sound economic management that recognizes the need for the freest possible flow of multilateral trade.
Headquartered at Marlborough House in London, UK, The Commonwealth Secretariat (est. 1965) is the main intergovernmental agency and the executive arm of the Commonwealth. It is responsible to member governments collectively. The BCCCF, in conjunction with the Secretariat, works to facilitate consultation and collaboration among member governments and countries.
The BCCCF works alongside the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC) in providing a bridge between the private sector and governments, between emerging markets and developed markets and between small business and the international private sector. Furthermore, here in Helsinki, we are proud to have the support of Finland's Foreign Ministry in this process alongside the Commonwealth country diplomatic missions to Finland.
Through membership of the BCCCF, businesses are able to connect to an advantageous global network. BCCCF plays a key role in realizing the economic and human resource goals of Finnish and Commonwealth businesses.