ICC has two main activities in the field of policy and business practices: rules-writing, and policy advocacy.
Because its member companies and associations are themselves engaged in international business, ICC has unrivalled authority in making rules that govern the conduct of business across borders. Although these rules (such as Incoterms® and the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits™) are voluntary, they are observed in countless thousands of transactions every day and have become part of the fabric of international trade.
ICC engages actively in policy advocacy on topical issues of concern to its members. Its privileged links with major intergovernmental organizations, including the United Nations and its specialized agencies, and the World Trade Organization allow ICC to effectively represent the interests of its members in intergovernmental fora.
The International Chamber of Commerce speaks on behalf of enterprises from all over the world, grouping hundreds of thousands of member companies and associations in more than 120 countries.