ICC launched the Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) in 2006 after the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS Geneva 2003, Tunis 2005) at the request of companies that saw the importance of global business coordination on Internet and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) policy issues.
BASIS advises governments and other concerned parties on how to put in place investment and business friendly frameworks, which include conditions such as rule of law and pro-competitive policies.
BASIS assures and coordinates participation from business at meetings such as the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), WSIS follow-up and implementation activities. BASIS also contributes to other UN forums, such as the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), which assesses post-WSIS activities and development issues. In addition, BASIS promotes partnerships and facilitates exchange of information between different stakeholders on Internet governance issues in these forums.
BASIS hosts in-house meetings for members, teleconferences and business briefings held at the IGF and other events, as well as meetings with government officials and other stakeholders.
BASIS members are companies and business associations from across sectors and from both developed and developing countries. Members must be completely privately held entities, with no governmental or other interests involved, and retain their membership through annual contributions.
BASIS was formerly chaired by Subramanian Ramadorai, Vice Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Mr Ramadorai provided strategic direction for BASIS, while policy and logistics for the special project are run by a dedicated team based at the ICC Secretariat in Paris.The team consists of Constance Weise, Assistant Policy Manager, and Anna-Katharina Moellers, Executive Assistant.