How does it work?

The Commission on Environment and Energy comprises 308 members representing 75 multinational corporations as well as representatives from 33 industry associations. The commision is also composed of ICC's network of national committees and chambers of commerce. The commission examines major environmental and energy related policy issues of interest to world business via task forces and thematic groups. The commission usually meets twice a year, though task forces and other thematic groups may meet more frequently.

Members set the commission's agenda and determine priorities as well as provide officers to facilitate task forces and thematic groups in conjunction with the commission's secretariat in Paris. Each national committee (NC) or group may appoint delegates to represent it at meetings and officers of the commission are appointed by the Chairman and Secretary General in consultation with NCs.

The commission provides business input by elaborating multi-sectorial business policy positions, achievements and highlighting business solutions to sustainability issues and problems. ICC works closely with the United Nations to facilitate business participation and involvement at UN-organized events, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD).

Moreover, commission members gain influence at the national level through ICC's global network of NCs and at the international level through ICC's privileged links with major intergovernmental organizations.