Overall Best European Association (secretariat with more than 30 employees)


Association For Financial Markets In Europe (AFME)

AFME is the industry voice of wholesale financial institutions at European level. We advocate for deep and integrated European capital markets which serve the needs of companies and investors, supporting economic growth and benefitting society. Europe’s capital markets face unprecedented challenges, not least as a result of the Brexit process. Central to our mission is engagement with European policymakers and regulators. In the context of the evolving relationship between the EU and the UK we believe this mission is best achieved by providing a bridge between EU 27 and the UK policymakers.

We have 160 members with operations in 30 European countries, which include universal, investment and regional banks, but also other capital markets participants including law firms and rating agencies, accounting firms, and investors. Our multilingual staff have deep market and policy expertise and operate from our offices in London, Brussels, and Frankfurt. Members take part in our policy and product committees which produce 100+ consultation responses, briefing notes and reports annually. Members are kept up-to-date with policy and regulatory developments via a mix of traditional and digital media including a members’ newsletter, briefing calls, Twitter and LinkedIn. They can attend 45 high-quality events a year across Europe.

European Banking Federation (EBF)

Thanks to an ongoing transformation that started in 2014, the European Banking Federation has become a bellwether among associations in Brussels. In a highly competitive environment, the EBF has successfully positioned itself as the leading umbrella group for the banking sector, offering expertise to members and EU stakeholders alike. An out-of-the-box mindset that also looks beyond the horizon has given it a leadership position in the fields of financial technology, sustainable banking and financial education, while reinforcing its role as platform for dialogue with European supervisory and regulatory authorities in the banking sector.

Global Business Travel Association – (GBTA)

The Global Business Travel Association merits the Best Overall Association award because of its extensive and committed membership base, its strong leadership network, its ability to innovate and adapt to the constantly changing business travel environment, and its success in providing business travel professionals with the information and tools they need.

Law Society of Scotland

The Law Society of Scotland is the professional body for over 12,000 Scottish solicitors and was established in 1949.

We have an overarching objective of leading legal excellence and strive to excel and to be a world-class professional body, understanding and serving the needs of our members and the public. We set and uphold standards to ensure the provision of excellent legal services and ensure the public can have confidence in Scotland’s legal profession.

Nautilus International

Nautilus International is the trade union and professional organisation for maritime professionals at sea and ashore, representing 22,000 workers including ship masters (captains), officers, ratings, officer trainees (cadets) and shipping industry personnel in the UK, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Nautilus works with members, the maritime community, national governments and international agencies to create change to improve the lives of maritime professionals. It gives a voice to maritime professionals from the very beginning of their training, throughout their employment and into retirement. In 2016, Nautilus launched its Charter for Jobs, which has been central to much of its campaigning over the past year, achieving substantial positive results for members and other seafarers across a range of industry issues.

The work carried out by Nautilus in the last year has led to significant progress and genuine change to benefit its members across Europe and the industry as a whole.

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic)

In June 2017 Cefic embarked on an important project of transforming the whole organization into “Federation 4.0” with the ambition to become the most respected and trusted business association in Europe, providing the highest quality of services and added value to its membership while offering its staff an inspiring work environment.

The challenge was enormous, as Cefic had to undergo a profound transformation – not only would its office space and organizational structure have to change, but the organization’s approach to communications and external relations as well as the staff’s way of working had to change too.

Thanks to the innovative approach that focused on both the internal and external dimension of the organization, the way Cefic functions and is perceived externally has changed profoundly in only two years. As a result, Cefic has increased its rate of successful advocacy campaigns, has more constructive interactions with key EU decision makers at both technical and political levels and is now bringing much more added value to its members than before. It is fair to say that Cefic is on its way to becoming a successful example of “Federation 4.0”.

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