The award has been established to recognize members of the business
community who embody the core mission of ICC through their work.
"Mr Yircali and Mr Granholm devoted their time to ensure that
business will be equally represented worldwide by promoting fair trade and
ensuring a proper ICC strategy was put in place to spread this message
across the globe,” said ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier. “ICC is
grateful for their support and would like to recognize their efforts by making
them the first honourees of the Merchants of Peace Award."
Since 2006, Mr Yircali has been at the helm of
the ICC World Chambers Federation (WCF), the backbone of the chamber community uniting
a global network of 12,000 chambers and their business members. Mr Yircali has continued
to oversee the improvement of WCF services to ensure that chambers of commerce
worldwide have the best tools to remain relevant in the global economy.
Mr Yircali has advanced ICC’s mission by improving these
services to better facilitate the free flow of trade and by strengthening the
global network of chambers through the biennial ICC WCF World Chambers
Some of these services include the ATA Carnet system,
which allows for the duty-free and tax-free temporary import of goods, and the
World Chamber Network (WCN) Chamber Directory. The Congress not only helps
individual chambers to become more productive, but also reinforces links among
Mr Granholm, Deputy President and CEO of Finnish pulp, paper and timber
manufacturer UPM-Kymmene Corporation, served on the ICC Executive Board from January
2007 to June 2012. As a member of the Board he
participated in the development and implementation of ICC’s strategy and policy-making
procedures, and oversaw the financial affairs of the world business
Members of ICC continue to draw inspiration from its founders, the
“merchants of peace”, who believed that trade and investment foster peace and
prosperity in the world. In 1919, these entrepreneurs decided to create an
organization that would represent business everywhere and called it the
International Chamber of Commerce.
At that time, the world had few working international structures and no
world system of rules to govern trade, investment, finance or commercial
relations. That the private sector should fill the gap without waiting for
government was an idea of breath-taking originality.
The recipients of the ICC Merchants of Peace Award are chosen by the ICC
Chairmanship, comprising the Chairman, Vice-Chair and Honorary
Chairman. The nominations of candidates to be honoured by the Merchant of
Peace Award are encouraged from the ICC global network of national committees,
the World Chambers Federation, individual companies and the ICC Secretariat.
For more information about the award visit the ICC Merchants of Peace Award.
Visit the ICC World Chambers Federation.
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Get more information on the upcoming ICC WCF World Chambers Congress.