The American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic is a non-profit, nongovernment organization governed independently by a board of directors elected from and by its membership. We are a member of the US Chamber of Commerce. We connect around 1500 top executives and company owners representing nearly 300 companies. Our member network spans industries, sizes and nationalities.
Our objective is to improve business environment in the Czech Republic. We can achieve it through networks of our members, business associations, public administration and NGOs we cooperate with. Our members can take an advantage of provided business opportunities, management improvements and advocacy.
The Chamber is registered in the Commercial Register administered by the Municipal Court in Prague, section A, entry No. 7665. Id.-No.: 481 18 320.
Strong communities are built by the efforts of those people who can balance self-interest with public good. The AmCham Plus Club was created to acknowledge such people and the good deeds they have done for all of us. Members of the Pus Club receive a lapel button that they are asked to wear to remind each of us that the health of our society does not begin in the prime minister´s office but in the actions of every one of us each day.
The Plus Club is growing each year as new members are being appointed regularly during AmCham General Assembly held in June based on their long lasting contribution and participation at various AmCham activities and projects.
List of current members:
The time and talents of AmCham members are what make the organization thrive. Without the voluntary efforts of dozens of members throughout the year, our organization would not be able to advocate new reforms, organize insightful seminars, and make the connections that bring greater prosperity to the country.
Each year, since 2011, at the Thanksgiving Ball, we recognize members’ acts of social responsibility by awarding the annual Wings Award for a member who has made significant contributions to AmCham activities and the business community as a whole in the course of the previous membership year.
From 2013 we also give a Wings Award to a community leader whose activities have improved the condition of community life in the Czech Republic and have had a positive impact on the public. This is a non-political award, regardless AmCham membership.
Any AmCham member can nominate by sending filled nomination forms to AmCham offices (via email or regular mail). Nomination period usually run from the beginning of September until the mid of October. The final approval of the nominees is made by the AmCham Board of Directors.
The Financial Crisis Advisory Centre (Poradna při finanční tísni) is a Public Benefit Organization and a unique example of cooperation of the largest Czech financial institutions/banks on a non-profit platform. By providing a free-of-charge counselling to concrete individuals in personal financial/social crisis and/or difficult life situations, the Centre gives the concept of “corporate social responsibility” a very concrete content.
Under the leadership of David Šmejkal, the Centre provides a high- quality and effective advisory to citizens in financial crisis, in imminent or existing insolvency or subject to execution, and help in submitting applications to be discharged from debts. Thanks’ to David´s efforts, the Centre has already 8 branches in Praha, Ostrava, Ústí n. Labem, Šumperk, Hradec Králové, Litvinov, Česká Lípa, Plzeň and Prostějov. The general aim of David Šmejkal´s advisory services is to make people aware of responsibility over personal finances, teach the wide public how to avoid risks associated with indebtedness and promote responsible borrowing. His team does so through professionally structured seminars, workshops, lectures which they adjust to each specific audience and its experience: schools, companies, social service providers, senior homes, unemployed.
Dobrý anděl foundation helps families facing financial distress as a result of illness. In 2011, Petr Sýkora and Jan + Černý set up Dobrý anděl foundation and committed for the first 5 years to pay 25 million CZK. Anybody can become Dobrý anděl (Good Angel) by contributing regularly any small amount of money. Financial contributions from all Good Angels are re-distributed each month down to the very last “penny” to all the families who need it and are registered in this foundation. The operating expenses of the endowment fund are financed out of the private funds of the founders.
Jan Lorman´s background is in directing theatre and radio broadcasts. In 1990 he set up an organization called Život 90 with a mission to improve the quality of life and general well-being of senior citizens. Život 90 is Jan´s great passion and his work for this organization has been a life-long commitment with significant and far-reaching impact on the community as a whole.
Život 90 cooperates with governmental and municipal institutions in creating programs aimed at social, educational and cultural activities. It provides numerous humanitarian services to enable the elderly to more actively enjoy their lives as members of society.
Mr Lorman´s team has been operating a special telephone line for senior citizens who are in distress or in need of help. Hundreds of thousands of pensioners have confided in the Život 90 helpline over the years of the organization´s existence and have benefited from its valuable advice and guidance.
AmCham Wings for a member goes to Jan Valdinger of Change Partnership for his long-term contribution and cooperation on AmCham projects.
Milena is the type of individual who, when there is a problem, does not point fingers at others, but points it at herself and gets to work finding and implementing a solution. She challenges conventional thinking, she views “no” as the first step to getting to “yes”, and considers the government a piece to the puzzle, not a separate and alien power.
Her work in Amcham focuses on making the country a hub of international business. This year, her efforts were integral to devising a better policy for immigration and labor. In the next year as the country continues to find its competitive footing, we are counting on her to help us fill the vacuum in positive economic policy that the continuing political crisis has created.
Daniel and were recognized for their outstanding efforts to make the public procurement process more transparent and efficient.
Dan chaired the Platform for Transparent Public Procurement and served as its general spokesman. His ability to lead discussions to concrete conclusions, and to coax consensus from the various political parties, government agencies, and civic associations that are members of the platform was essential to achieving the legislative reform and creating an atmosphere of cordiality and confidence that should enable the Platform to undertake further reforms.
Daniel chaired the expert working group on the reform of the public procurement act. His task was difficult: he had to reach agreement on the principles of the reform, work with the government on drafting the reform, and then carefully vet both the government’s proposal and other amendments to ensure that the principles were achieved both in the text and in practice, and that the legislation would have no damaging side effects. His precise work often put him, at times, into the crosshairs of both politicians and other enthusiastic reformers, who did not like it when their big ideas were confronted with the challenge of working in practice. Without hours and hours of his work, along with hours and hours of his patient explanation, we would not have the solid, workable reform that is currently in the hands of the Senate.
In 2015, AmCham Board proposed to dedicate funds (CZK 200,000) raised during the auction in 2014 for projects which:
We plan to allocate it in November to promote donations to this year’s Auction. How CSR Committee Members/all AmCham members can participate:
One World, Many Voices is an AmCham philanthropic program to support long term development of the Czech Republic.
Since 2012, the program has been contributing to development of community involvement in the Czech society.
Objectives of the program include:
From this new grant competition AmCham has supported 11 school projects throughout the Czech Republic in 2012/2013, 9 schools in 2013/2014 and 8 schools in 2014/2015.
Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions - contact Renata Paceltova at email@example.com
Up to date information can be found on the program Facebook pages:
Who can compete for donations?
Classes or similar school groups from public basic schools and public high schools in the Czech Republic can submit their project proposals.
How much can a school get?
A maximum cap on single projects is not set.
What kind of projects can be submitted?
Submitted projects have to be beneficial for wider community (not only the class), it has to involve the school, local community (public) and a local government organization. Cooperation among kids, teachers, public and municipal government representatives is desired. Projects should have a long-term positive effect and sustainability.
Submitted projects should be prepared by children to a large extent, written in English (up to 3 pages A4 format) and should include:
Projects should be delivered either to AmCham office via regular mail or via e-mail to Renata Paceltova at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grants are awarded to individual projects (donation contract to a school). The project has to be realized within 12 months from receiving the money.
The final report in English language and short video has to be submitted to AmCham.
Specific details are published with opening of the grant competition every year at www.amcham.cz, Facebook page and LinkedIn.
Each year money for the One World, Many Voices program is raised mainly during the annual Thanksgiving Ball.
At the Ball the Silent Auction supported by many sponsors and donors is held. Any member company can donate an item for Silent Auction that is going to be auctioned.
Important source of finance for the One World, Many Voices project are donations from corporate tables. Companies that order a corporate table can voluntarily pay extra CZK 10.000 margin that is donated to this project.
For more information contact Renata Paceltova at email@example.com.
Winners of the grants in Fall 2014 (with links to their videos about completed project):
Winners of the grants in 2013/2014:
Winners of the grants in 2012/2013:
List of donated schools from 2003 until 2011:
Ústí nad Labem:
ZŠ ESB, Brno
ZŠ Emy Destinové, Praha 6
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I have the unique privilege of leading Citibank’s franchise in the Czech Republic as the first Czech Citi Country Officer. My priority, as AmCham President, is to promote the Czech Republic as preferred destination for investments and business. Citibank is in a unique position, serving individuals, communities, institutions and nations, in more than 160 countries, connecting millions of people in over 1,000 cities and I hope to be able to use the scale of Citi’s presence as well as more than 200year’s history globally and 22 years in the Czech republic to the benefit of the country and AmCham activities. I focus with on healthy development of both local and international businesses in the country. Together with my colleagues I work on solutions to key challenges in business, which AmCham is dealing with in order to make the business climate in the country transparent, professional and competitive.
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I´m happy to build on my 14 years AmCham Board experience (last six years as 2nd Vice President) and to contribute to a further expansion of AmCham as the leading voice of the business community in the Czech Republic. I am sure you have noticed that the Executive Committee and the Board of Amcham have successfully followed the approved strategic plan in both Advocacy and Networking agendas. I am pleased to hear from many members that our efforts are truly appreciated.
As a member of the Executive Committee I concentrate mainly on Amcham networking agenda. I am happy to see that in the last couple of years an increased number of members participated in targeted, high level events that have been organized by Amcham, including our “crown jewel”, the traditional Thanksgiving Ball.
I am also proud that Constellation Executive Search company is an active Corporate Patron of Amcham in the Czech Republic. In Constellation we always aim at attracting new investors to enter the Czech market and to create new job opportunities in the Czech Republic.
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As a board member, I would represent the hospitality industry and would focus on promoting Prague and Czech Republic as a viable destination for holding congresses and conventions and a high-profile destination for demanding travelers.
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As a Board member I would like to utilise my Honeywell career to demonstrate how fostering diversity across nations and cultures can bring valuable knowledge and experience. In our ever changing environment we are able to diversify our technological abilities to also deliver Cyber security to reduce vulnerability in our personal and professional lives. Honeywell is successful in providing cyber security to build defences against the growing threat of cyber-attacks.
Continuing to diversity across all levels enables our community to strengthen and improve the environment in which we work and live. Such a close collaboration in terms of business’s and education will enable Czech Republic to gain a stronger position within the EU and world, this will allow us to show off the wide ranging technological and engineering abilities that can be found here in the Czech Republic helping our community to grow and ensure that business and education continue to respond and deliver in a productive manner to compete in the fast changing economy.
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I try to devote my energy to three areas :
1. Create a vision for Czech Competitiveness/ Collaborative-ness 2030/2040 and a related action plan to attract and retain the best talents from the region.
2. As also President of Prague Convention Bureau to create the synergy for the ecosystem that promotes applied research and high value added services by bringing together R&D, investors as well as businesses into incubators and accelerators.
3. Explore further the responsibility of business to society through more responsible and informed leadership.
My energies is especially devoted to small and medium enterprises, which do not have resources commanded by large corporations.
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AmCham has become an increasingly influential part of the Czech business community, thanks mostly to the hard work of its staff, and I am proud as a longtime member to see the progress from year to year. I was especially happy to see AmCham spearhead the formation of the Platform for Transparent Public Procurement, which culminated in the passage of a new law.
I was also happy to see the way AmCham recruited like-minded groups to push for passage of the procurement law. It’s sometimes better for the legislative effort to come from someone other than the Americans.
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As a Board member, I like to build upon more than two decades of work of previous managing partners of KPMG in contributing to AmCham active role in enhancing the local business environment. AmCham has a strong record of achievement and KPMG is proud to have been an active member. Our contributions have included, in particular, the very active involvement of my predecessors, Jan Žůrek, František Dostálek and Charles Randolph in the area of tax policy, sustainable development, and good government. As a lawyer by background, I intend in particular to focus on the legal and tax reforms of the new government and their impact on the business environment.
I would also like to continue to strongly support development of transparency and ethics in the Czech business and public environment. Government and the public sector in general remains far from efficient and operates below its potential. I am convinced that AmCham as an independent, reputable and respected representative of the business community can play a key role in promoting best practice in this area.
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Amcham has proved to be an important and influential body in the Czech business community. As a representative of a company that has long-term involvement in, and respect for, the communities it serves, I assist Amcham in leadership and CSR activities aimed at the development of local communities – especially in terms of increasing the level of community participation in programmes that support a healthy active lifestyle and environmental responsibility.
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As we are out of crisis now the key question should be how we can utilize this momentum - as a board member I try to support AmCham in its effort to make the Czech Republic more competitive and better place to do business both for international and local companies. Sharing best business practices among members, unleashing innovation and then helping others to implement it is my main objective. As 3M is active in many areas of business like industrial, electro, electronics, healthcare I offer support of experts in their areas to make Czech better place to live and do business.
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Working for many years in area supporting research, development and engineering I would like to influence and use position of AmCham to influence development of “innovative economy” – economy with advanced and high quality production. I also believe in even distribution of economy and research activity evenly in all country and want to promote development of regions.
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Since the early days in my professional career I tended to take part in public debates – as a (part time) journalist, as advisor, as participant in various task forces in governmental and NGO sector. Today, AmCham is probably the best place for an intelligent public debate. The atmosphere of openness, level of engagement and quality of contributions in AmCham debates significantly exceeds the current standards. The most recent political and security development in Europe in general and in Central and Eastern Europe in particular, AmCham can and should play a role in preserving Czech Republic as a member of Western security and political structures.
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I focus on legal reform and economic development the new construction law. With my experience advising businesses here for the last 15 years, I know there are many aspects of Czech law that need improvement. As a board member, I try to facilitate communication between members and AmCham to identify legal/business issues that are worthy of attention. Promoting economic development is another priority, and specifically in the regions. Industrial zones, brownfields, and public-private partnerships can attract new investment and business opportunities while also improving quality of life. As a member of the Board of Directors, I work on combining the skills of our members that are interested in these projects with our success in government policy-based initiatives.
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It would be an honor for me to continue my work as a Member of the Board of AmCham. Being on the Board allows me to contribute more than twenty years of experience with Czech law in the context of some of the most complex transactions for the benefit of improving the business environment in the Czech Republic.
My own ideas how to bring about such improvement are perfectly aligned with AmChamʼs major goal of increasing the economic competitiveness of the Czech Republic. I am keen to play an active part in improving existing laws, and to contribute to the debates over draft bills with government and parliamentary representatives. Consider for instance the recent amendment to the Insolvency Act or the reforms related to public procurement in this country: in both cases, AmChamʼs clear-headed, efficient and principled involvement made an important difference. I am drawing continuous inspiration from examples like these, and would like to contribute to similar endeavors in the coming years.
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AmCham pursues policies and investments that will help the Czech Republic increase GDP per capita by 60% by 2025. During my time on the board and as president, I have been involved in many initiatives that have led toward this goal, and strengthened the voice of business as part of society. If re-elected, I would very much like to continue being a part of this effort with a focus on improving the processes and outcomes of municipal procurement and improving AmCham's channels to communicate the important events of all the businesses in our community.
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AmCham has achieved a lot and is respected among business and political community. I try to contribute to the better co-operation between business and state administration / government to improve entrepreneurs environment and competiveness in the Czech Republic.
- Transparency and ethics in business
- Economic Development differentiation and business opportunities
- Infrastructure development