Policy and Business Practices

ICC considers the integration of business and economic concerns into policy-making as necessary to achieving a balanced society, where peace and prosperity are a shared objective.

ICC develops global business policy views on key issues that affect the ability of companies to trade and invest across borders and to meet the challenges and opportunities of globalization.

These issues include: banking, commercial law and practice, corporate responsibility and anti-corruption, marketing and advertising, competition policy, electronic business IT and telecoms, environment and energy, intellectual property, taxation, trade and investment policy, customs and trade regulations, and transport and logistics.

ICC policy work, which can take the form of policy statements to influence intergovernmental discussions, is developed through specialized working bodies composed of business experts.

The strength and legitimacy of ICC policy derive from rigorous development through extensive consultation with member companies via the ICC global network.

ICC policy recommendations are communicated to both national governments and intergovernmental organizations — including the United Nations and the World Trade Organization — and forums such as the G20. They are intended to reflect a broad business consensus as represented by ICC, while at the same time making a meaningful contribution to the policy debate from a global business perspective.

ICC special projects and groups are intended to complement the work undertaken by ICC’s 12 policy commissions to increase outreach, and spur action by business and governments on a range of issues from counterfeiting to internet governance.