ICC works with international organisations of all sizes on a host of policy subjects.
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 organisations 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.
Currently nearly 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 organisations: 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 organisation, has a close working relationship with the WTO, supporting its work on trade. In 2011, ICC together with Qatar Chamber 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 specialised 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.
Working with the UN: Since 1946, ICC has held top-level consultative status with the United Nations (UN) and a close working relationship with its specialised agencies.
Business, as represented by ICC, has been deeply and constructively engaged over the years in UN meetings and conferences, identifying the crucial components of a global partnership for development and its interlinked priorities.
Contributing to the work of the UN
ICC is the collective voice of global business in the Global Compact. Although not a part of the UN formal intergovernmental structure, its personal sponsorship by the Secretary-General places the initiative clearly in the UN context.
Following the adoption of the Global Compact Governance Framework in 2005, ICC’s Secretaries General were appointed to the Global Compact Board and regularly participated in board meetings in their personal capacity.
In 2007, ICC published a policy statement on “the role of the United Nations in promoting corporate responsibility”, in which ICC presented global business views on the role of the Global Compact and suggestions to improve its effectiveness. ICC has also strengthened its working relationship with the Global Compact Office in two vital areas under the Global Compact’s remit: anti-corruption and environment.
Business and Human Rights
Since 2006 ICC has provided on-going support to the mandate of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. This support has materialised in numerous contributions to convey global business views on the SRSG’s efforts to map out and define standards of corporate responsibility with regards to human rights.
UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
Various ICC commissions actively engage in the work of UNCITRAL and welcome UNCITRAL endorsement of ICC rules, which significantly promotes their worldwide acceptance.
Participating in UN meetings
Climate Change and Sustainable Development
ICC, through its Commission on Environment and Energy, has been engaged in serving as the main focal point for business in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Business and Industry NGO, attending all its sessions, as well as the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development sessions (CSD).
ICC, as leader of the business delegation with the Business Action for Energy (BAE) initiative, was part of a temporary project which provided a platform for business input for the two-year cycle of CSD 14 and 15 (2006-2007). CSD 13 decisions on Water and Sanitation, to which ICC contributed through the Business Action for Water (BAW) initiative, were revisited and reviewed during the reporting period.
ICC also acted as business and industry representative in the Marrakech Process Advisory Committee providing guidance to the UN Environment Programme and DESA in developing and implementing the Marrakech Process on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
Information and Communication Technologies
ICC’s Commission on E-Business, IT and Telecoms (EBITT) was requested by the United Nations and the host countries of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS Geneva 2003, Tunis 2005) to co-ordinate business input to the preparations and at the Summit itself.
ICC in 2006 created Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) to raise awareness among the public, governments, civil society, intergovernmental organisations and the technical community of what does business require to continue contributing to the development of the Information Society.
ICC and its BASIS initiative members have actively engaged in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) events, open consultations and preparations for the IGF in Athens, 2006, Rio de Janeiro 2007, Hyderabad, India 2008, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt 2009, Vilnius, 2010 and Nairobi, 2011.
ICC BASIS contributes yearly to the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), which was tasked by the WSIS in Tunis to assist in elements of the follow-up of this UN summit. ICC BASIS submits written contributions and actively contributes to the CSTD sessions as an observer.
Members of the ICC Commission on Intellectual Property have a close working relationship with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), attending all its relevant meetings and providing input through submissions, oral intervention or meetings with government delegates in Geneva in various WIPO processes.