Commission on Trade and Investment Policy

As trade and investment are consistently top priorities for global business, the Commission on Trade and Investment Policy represents ICC's main working body on multilateral trade and investment policy issues.

ICC founding conference in Atlantic City, 1919


During 1919, in the wake of World War I, ICC was created by a group of business leaders, known as the merchants of peace, to promote the conviction that trade is a powerful force for peace and prosperity throughout the world.

History of the commission

Commission on Trade and Investment Policy Fact Sheet 2015

The commission's constructive role in representing business views is built upon ICC's long history of authoritative involvement in international trade and investment policy.

ICC was present at Bretton Woods and has enjoyed top-level consultative status at the United Nations and its specialized agencies since 1946. ICC's established reputation coupled with its global reach uniquely positions the organization to convey the views of global business on international trade and investment policy.

The mandate of the commission is to break down barriers to international trade and investment so that all countries can benefit from improved living standards through increased trade and investment flows. Members of this Commission examine major trade and investment issues of interest to world business.

For more information on the body's work, you may refer to the commission's factsheet:
Factsheet of the Commission on Trade and Investment Policy

Trade Policy

The multilateral trading system is the guarantor of the consistency and predictability that are essential for companies to trade and invest across borders, as well as an insurance policy against protectionism.

The commission has followed the Doha Development Agenda negotiations closely since the launch of the round in 2001 and has developed detailed policy recommendations to World Trade Organization (WTO) members on the main issues under negotiation.

Find more information on Trade Policy work:

ICC World Trade Agenda
ICC's work with the World Trade Organization (WTO)

Investment Policy

Cross-border investment is a vital driver of global economic growth and conveys benefits to businesses and home governments that frequently may be overlooked. Domestically, foreign direct investment links local companies to global value chains, underwrites trade and export opportunities, and facilitates the inflow of capital, technology, and skills.

The commission tracks and provides input in international investment policy developments, with a particular focus on the work of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
ICC's work with UNCTAD

2012 ICC Guidelines for International Investment

“This 2012 revision represents the efforts of business experts from the ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy who undertook a comprehensive review of the 1972 Guidelines. In particular, the... Read more

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