International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Chambre de commerce internationale
Camara de Comercio Internacional

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Founded 1919, Paris (France), following decision at International Trade Conference, 1919, Atlantic City NY (USA). Sub-title: World Business Organization. Registered by French Ministerial Decree, 24 Jan 1949, Paris.


Serve world business by promoting trade and investment and the free market system; represent the interests of all main business sectors, including banking, financial services, information technology, telecommunications, the environment, arbitration, competition law, intellectual property and transportation; harmonize trade practices and terminology and draw up rules for the conduct of trade and ethical codes governing marketing and advertising.

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'Commissions' (12):

 • 'ICC Commission on Arbitration' - drafts and revises the various ICC rules for dispute resolution, including ICC Rules of Arbitration, ICC ADR Rules, IC Dispute Board Rules, and ICC Rules for Expertise; produces reports and guidelines on legal, procedural and practical aspects of dispute resolution; proposes new policies in the interest of efficient and cost-effective dispute resolution; provides useful tools for the conduct of dispute resolution.

 • 'Commission on Banking Technique and Practice' - serves as a global forum and rule-making body for the banking community.

 • 'ICC Commission on Commercial Law and Practice' - facilitates international trade and promotes a balanced self-regulatory and regulatory legal framework for international business-to-business (B2B) transactions. Rules of the CLP Commission have become part of the legal fabric of international commerce.

 • 'ICC Commission on Competition' - ensures that modern business needs and the realities of global markets are taken into account in the formulation and implementation of competition laws and policies.

 • 'ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption' - aims to define the role of business in the context of globalization and changing societal expectations, to develop world business views on key corporate responsibility issues, to encourage self-regulation by business in confronting issues of extortion and bribery and to provide business input into international initiatives to fight corruption.

 • 'ICC Commission on Customs and Trade Facilitation' - focuses on customs reform and modernization and the implementation of transparent, simplified and harmonized customs policies and procedures

 • 'ICC Commission on the Digital Economy' - seeks to realize the full potential of e-commerce by developing policy and practical tools that encourage competition, growth, predictability, compliance and the secured and free flow of information in cross-border trade, via the Internet and information and communication technologies.

 • 'ICC Commission on Environment and Energy' - aims at developing business recommendations on major environmental and energy regulatory and market issues, and maintaining ICC as the primary business interlocutor and partner in key intergovernmental negotiations and deliberations in these areas.

 • 'ICC Commission on Intellectual Property' - identifies key intellectual property issues facing the international business community and contributes the business voice to debates to resolve these; initiated and continues to actively support and contribute to the Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), a high-level ICC initiative uniting different sectors worldwide to fight against counterfeiting and piracy; through awareness-raising and advocacy initiatives, promotes the positive role of the IP brings together leading, gives guidance on how the system can be made more efficient and cost effective, and helps policymakers adapt the system to new challenges.

 • 'ICC Commission on Marketing and Advertising' - examines major marketing and advertising related policy issues of interest to world business; promotes high ethical standards in marketing by business self-regulation through ICC international marketing codes; elaborates world business views on government initiatives affecting marketing and consumer protection.

 • 'ICC Commission on Taxation' - promotes transparent and non-discriminatory treatment of foreign investment and earnings that eliminates tax obstacles to cross-border trade and investment.

 • 'ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy' - promotes an open global economy that encourages cross-border trade and investment by business to foster job creation, sustainable development, and improve living standards.

'Resolution of Disputes':

 • ICC International Court of Arbitration - is a neutral and independent body composed of legal and business specialists from about 85 countries; it administers and supervises worldwide the resolution of international business disputes by means of arbitration under ICC Rules of Arbitration.

 • ICC International Centre for ADR - the administrative body that oversees application of the ICC Amicable Dispute Resolution and Dispute Board DOCDEX Rules.

'Other bodies':

 • ICC Commercial Crime Services (CCS) - the anti-crime arm of the ICC. Based in London (UK). A membership organization tasked ith combating all forms of commercial crime. Specialist divisions offer a range of services dedicated to meeting individual needs of members, and tackle all types of commercial crime such as fraud in international trade, insurance fraud, financial instrument fraud, money laundering, shipping fraud and product counterfeiting.

 • -ICC Institute of World Business Law - encourages study of legal problems of international trade, fosters wider knowledge of international commercial law and strengthens links among international trade practitioners, scholars and researchers.

 • -World Chambers Federation (WCF) - acts as world spokesman for Chambers of Commerce vis-à-vis intergovernmental and other international bodies; provides a world forum for discussions among Chambers on policy and technical issues of topical and common interest; provides technical assistance to Chambers, specifically on organizational structure, management and services; operates World Chambers Network (WCN), facilitating increased SME competitiveness and participation in global trade by exploiting internet opportunities.

 • 'ICC Training and Conferences' - promotes ICC's expertise to a wider audience through events such as training seminars and conferences.

'Special Projects':

 • 'Business Action for Responsible Marketing and Advertising (BARMA)' - facilitates the spread of self-regulation and reinforces its effectiveness by promoting greater application and reach of ICC's internationally-agreed codes for advertising and marketing practice, and providing training resources to foster better understanding of code compliance.

 • 'Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP)' - raises public awareness of the economic and social harm of counterfeiting and piracy and encourages governmental efforts to combat them.

 • 'Business Action to Support the Information society (BASIS)' - promotes global business priorities on the range of Internet governance and information and communications technologies (ICTs) issues that contribute to economic and social development, in forums established by the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), and preserves the multi-stakeholder approach to these issues.

Also includes: International Maritime Bureau (IMB); Piracy Reporting Centre, Kuala Lumpur; ICC Financial Investigation Bureau (FIB); ICC Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau (CIB).


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (General); Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO); International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Permanent Observer Status); International Maritime Organization (IMO); Council of Europe (CE) (Participatory Status); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (General Category); United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

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Members in 128 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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