AmCham Programs

The Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile, implements a wide variety of programs andcompetitionsthroughout the year. These events helpreinforcethe efforts to develop the issuesthat are most relevant for the Chamber, including sustainability, innovation, intellectual property and education, among others.

These annual programs include the Good Corporate Citizenship Award, the Great Corporate Debate, Tu Creación Vale and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Good Corporate Citizenship Award, AmCham Chile

In 2003, the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile, established the “Good Corporate Citizenship Award”, to acknowledge, distinguish and promote best practices in active community participation and development initiatives based on the ISO 26000standard. Every year, the prize is awarded to the most noteworthy social investment or social-environmental business projects aimed at promoting sustainability in local communities.

The prize-winning social investment or social-environmental projects are those which are pre-planned by companies and sustainable in the long term. Winning projects must also aim to improve the quality of life and opportunities for certain sectors of society and their most vulnerable groups.

Applicant projects may focus on a number of different areas, including but not limited to, education, culture, health, technological development, social investment, local capacity building, income generation, and community engagement in environmental protection and conservation.

Award categories:

  • Good Corporate Citizenship Award, Big Business: this prize acknowledges the design, implementation and evaluation of each applicant project, as well as its effectiveness at promoting ongoing improvement processes in managing community engagement.
  • Special Mention Innovation: this prize acknowledges projects which, although not necessarily fully operational, stand out because of their particular intervention model or for creating innovative value creation. Either achievement may be met by incorporating new approaches and best practices of community engagement.
  • Special Mention Environment: this prize acknowledges those projects which address the environmental component of companies’ work with local communities, such as campaigns promoting energy efficiency, recycling, the conservation of biodiversity and reforestation.
  • Special Mention Community Development: this prize acknowledges projects in the area of community engagement and collaboration with local representatives. It is awarded to projects which promote strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships with other companies, the public sector and civil society. Winning projects must encourage complementary skills and resources to improve the overall impact and sustainability of the initiative.

The Great Corporate Debate

The Great Corporate Debate is an inter-company debating contest, held in English, which aims to strengthen speaking and debating skills among different corporate executives and institutions from the public and private sectors. The Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile, promotes this competition as a concrete opportunity for developing the language skills of business executives. The idea is to assist them instructuring and presentingefficient lines of argument and persuasion techniques and to help them become more convincing duringbusiness negotiations. The debate takes place in English,given its widely regarded status as the international language of business.

Prior to the competition, all participant teams receive training on speaking and debating techniques. A group of experts acts as the judging panel throughout the rounds of the Great Corporate Debate, until just two teams remain competing in the grand finale.

Tu Creación Vale

This program (which means “Your Creation is Worthy” in English) is aimed at young persons and entrepreneurs and focuses on the importance of intellectual property.

First implemented in 2014, it consists of an audiovisual film competition for productions of less than 30 seconds in length. These short-films must promote the protection and safeguarding of intellectual property. The context of the program includes its impact on securing new competitive advantages, improving brand positioning, incorporating new clients and customers, and ensuring greater market diversification. All this implies new benefits for creators, researchers, entrepreneurs and for society as a whole, and it helps contribute todomestic development in terms of greater technological and economic resources, ensuring the country is increasingly competitive in a globalized world.

The Tu Creación Vale competition rallies people between 18 and 35 years of age. Subjects covered include scientific and technology research, literary and artistic works, symbols and emblems, names, commercial brands, drawings and models used in marketing.

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

For more than nine years, the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham Chile, has staged the “Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition” (Jessup) in Chile. This contest is a well renowned international university law tournament in which participants defend a hypothetical international legal case, in English, before a mock hearing that recreates the International Court of Justice.

Jessup, an event organized in the United States by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), not only seeks to provide a space for supporting and strengthening the practice of the English language among younger generations, but also acts as an opportunity for them to learn how to litigate in court, using the same legal proceedings as a real court case.

Six hundred teams from over 90 countries participate in this global contest. Winners of local qualifier rounds are invited to take part in the grand finale held in Washington D.C.