World trade is in large part dependent on the availability of reliable and cost-effective sources of financing. This means that banks and other financial institutions play a vital role in facilitating trade-led growth and development.
Global issues & trends
ICC delivers solutions that address the major shifts taking place in the world economy. From making trade work for people and planet to making action on climate everyone’s business, our purpose is to enable business to secure peace, prosperity and opportunity for all.
Much of our work is of a very practical nature, focused on making it easier for business to operate internationally and do more as a force for good.
Drawing on the expertise and experience of our worldwide network to achieve real change at scale, we deliver tangible results in three key areas of activity: International engagement and advocacy, Rules and standards for the 21st Century and on the ground solutions and implementation.
These activities make ICC a unique and respected channel for business leadership in helping governments and other stakeholders manage global developments and work towards the achievement of global goals – for a brighter and more inclusive future for all.
Developing effective regulations is essential to allowing business to contribute to economies and societies around the world, whether through competition law, taxation or energy regulation.
From micro-enterprises to multinational conglomerates, businesses in every sector and every region of the world are becoming increasingly dependent on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and a secure, stable and trusted Internet to carry out their daily operations.
At ICC, we recognise the economic and social benefits of diversity, while undertaking efforts to improve cultural and gender balances to benefit our own services and operations.
Over the past two decades, the role of business in global governance has become increasingly important. ICC works to inform international policy debates in intergovernmental institutions – ensuring that global policy frameworks work with business to drive growth and economic development.
The ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) is a pioneering initiative to prepare and mobilise the next generation of entrepreneurs. From skills development programmes to networking opportunities, the Centre of Entrepreneurship provides local entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and solutions to bring their ideas to life.
Intellectual property (IP) systems have a vital role to play in spurring innovation and in giving companies large and small a range of tools to help drive success.
Counterfeit and pirated products put the health and safety of consumers worldwide at risk while robbing governments, businesses and communities of tax revenues, profits and legitimate jobs. The negative impacts of counterfeiting and piracy are projected to drain US$4.2 trillion from the global economy and put 5.4 million legitimate jobs at risk by 2022.
Responsible business conduct can help companies advance their management systems, attract investors, better manage supply chains and retain employees. That’s why companies worldwide are increasingly aware that doing business with integrity is the right way to do business.
ICC works to champion evidence-based policies to shape the multilateral trade and investment agenda as a driver of growth, jobs and development. We are the leading business voice in the World Trade Organization and other international forums – including the G20.