About us

Serving Hamburg

As the representative organisation of Hamburg's enterprises the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce is the political lobbyist, mediator and advocate for the local business community of 159.000 enterprises.
Organization chart
Here you can download our organization chart (nicht barrierefrei, PDF-Datei · 1420 KB).
We are:
  • the 167,484 member companies of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
  • some 700 entrepreneurs who serve as elected representatives on the Chamber's committees
  • 4,100-odd volunteer examiners who support Hamburg's vocational education system
  • roughly 250 staff at the Chamber's headquarters.
As a customer-focussed provider of services to the business community, we furnish pre-market services to new and established firms. Our goal is to help others to help themselves.
As political lobbyist, we are strong advocates for a market-based legislative and regulatory environment that is conducive to small and medium-size enterprises. We are opposed to policies that favour a single industry and are committed to the common good of the business community. Though politically active, we are not affiliated with a political party.
As independent arbitrators, we support fair business practices by offering a range of alternative dispute resolution and prevention services. This reduces court caseloads and helps to ensure that the wheels of commerce turn smoothly.
Hamburg's business sector is the engine that drives our economic prosperity, which, in turn, benefits the city's social programmes and cultural institutions. The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce aims to represent all Hamburg firms and to function like a turbocharger to boost this engine's performance.
We partner with
  • the other chambers of commerce and industry across Germany (www.ihk.de)
  • German chambers of commerce and trade delegations abroad (www.ahk.de)
  • the Hamburg Chamber of Skilled Crafts and Small Business (www.hwk-hamburg.de)
  • the various Hamburg-based business associations
  • representatives of foreign countries.
Our mission is clear: we work for our members and the success of their businesses.

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce makes a valuable contribution to the public interest

The voice of the economy and architect of the future: A synopsis of the scientific study evaluating the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce’s current and future public value contribution. Produced in collaboration wirth Prof. Timo Meynhardt from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.