By tapping into the knowledge and experience of its vast global network of practitioners and experts, ICC takes pole position as a relevant and credible thought leader when it comes to issues relating to international commercial practice.
From providing economic forecasts to commissioning independent research, ICC leads the way on a range of issues pertinent to worldwide businesses, governments, intergovernmental organizations and academics.
ICC’s influence today is built on a long history of thought leadership that dates back to its involvement with to the League of Nations in the 1920s and 1930s.
Today some 2,000 experts voluntarily lend their expertise to ICC policy positions, standards, rules and other instruments.
Whether writing rules for business self-regulation or staging events that offer an exceptional level of analysis and debate, ICC can be relied upon to contribute effectively to an open world economy and the improvement of living standards around the globe.
Working with international organizations
Since the 1940s, ICC has engaged in a broad range of activities with the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and many other intergovernmental bodies.
ICC also actively represents business at global forums such as the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
ICC, as the world business organization, has a close working relationship with the WTO, supporting its work on trade. In 2011, ICC launched the business World Trade Agenda, an initiative proposing that business works together with governments to drive more effective trade talks, answering a call from G20 leaders for new approaches.
ICC also participates in the WTO Expert Group on Trade Finance, which has become an important forum during economic crises, holding regular meetings with partners from commercial banks, the Berne Union, regional development banks, and other multilateral export credit and specialized agencies.
Over the years, ICC has been involved in the work of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). ICC has also represented business at the Conference on Financing for Development, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and the World Summit on the Information Society.