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About the International Chamber of Commerce

 

ICC is the world business organization, a representative body that speaks with authority on behalf of enterprises from all sectors in every part of the world. ICC was founded in Paris in 1919. Today it groups hundreds of thousands of member companies and associations in over 120 countries.

 

Business experts drawn from the ICC membership establish the business stance on broad issues of trade and investment policy as well as on a wide range of policy subjects of interest to companies worldwide. National committees convey to their governments the business views formulated by ICC.

 

The United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the G20 and many other intergovernmental bodies are kept informed of international business views through ICC.

 

For more information please visit: www.iccwbo.org

 

Why join ICC?

 

 Benefits of membership:

- ICC members get access to the corridors of power. As ICC members, company executives are in contact with ministers and international officials at the heart of intergovernmental groups such as the G20 and United Nations.

- ICC members gain influence at the international and national level through ICC’s network of national committees and groups.

- ICC members stay connected to a network of the world’s most influential and dynamic companies of all sizes and in all sectors, forging high-level business relationships at exclusive events.

- ICC members receive news of developments in policy, law and regulation at an early stage, winning time to make the right decisions for their business.

- ICC members help write the rules that business uses every day to reduce costs and uncertainties in areas from arbitration to banking and commercial contracts.

- ICC members regularly build skills and receive discounts on ICC publications, trainings and conferences around the world.  

 

Advocacy

ICC helps business to develop policy positions and ensures those positions are heard at the national and international level. Our advocacy work with governments and intergovernmental bodies such as the United Nations and G20 is complemented by extensive media outreach.

ICC elaborates policy positions on behalf of its global business membership through the work of its commissions. ICC commissions are specialized working bodies composed of business experts that:

- examine major issues of interest to world business

- prepare policy products including statements, rules and codes

- contribute to intergovernmental discussions

- facilitate international business transactions

ICC enables members to work directly on policy issues that have an impact on business’ ability to trade and invest across borders and meet the challenges and opportunities of an integrated global economy. ICC makes policy in: arbitration, banking, commercial law, competition, corporate responsibility and anti-corruption, e-Business, IT and telecoms, environment and energy, financial services and insurance, intellectual property, marketing and advertising, taxation, trade and investment, and transport and logistics.

The strength and legitimacy of ICC policy products derive from the fact that they are developed through extensive consultation with members.

 

Global Influence

ICC has a long history of setting the business agenda on the international stage and championing trade as a powerful force for peace and prosperity. ICC was founded in the wake of World War I by far-sighted business leaders who called themselves “the merchants of peace.”

The mission of ICC today is more relevant than ever – to promote trade and investment across frontiers and help business meet the challenges and opportunities of globalization.

In today’s increasingly interdependent global economy, many of the major challenges, from strengthening the global economy to curbing climate change, require greater international cooperation among all the actors concerned – business, government, civil society andintergovernmental organizations. ICC is uniquely placed to play a leading role on behalf of business, given its long experience in brokering consensus, its top-level consultative status with the UN, and close working relationship with the World Trade Organization and other important global bodies.

With members in more than 120 countries, ICC represents companies and business organizations of all sizes and in all regions of the world.

 

Tools for business

ICC offers a wide selection of services and practical tools to facilitate business.

Commercial crime services

A range of services combating commercial crime, from fraud in international trade, insurance, financial instruments and shipping, to money laundering, maritime piracy, counterfeiting and intellectual property theft.

Dispute resolution services

Alternatives to litigation especially suited to cross-border disputes. Led by ICC’s world-renowned International Court of Arbitration, they also include mediation and other forms of amicable dispute resolution, independent assessment by experts, and dispute boards.

Publications

Globally-used ICC rules and standards, guidelines, reference books and model contracts are developed from the work of ICC commissions, divisions and other international specialists. www.iccbooks.com

Research foundation

Independent research that contributes to public knowledge, education and debate on the benefits of global trade and investment.

Training and conferences

An extensive range of training seminars and conferences that brings ICC’s expertise in legal and business tools to a worldwide audience.

World Chambers Federation

A global forum for chambers of commerce to foster the exchange of ideas, relationship-building, and development of new products and services.

 

 

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