Global governance

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.

ICC is the voice of business in major international organizations and negotiations.

Contributing to the policy debate from a global business perspective ICC’s outreach and participation at this global level spurs action by business and governments alike on a range of issues from sustainability to Internet governance.

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), the G20 and many others.

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 annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

As the world business organization, we have 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.

Business & the UN

Business and the United Nations

In a historic decision, the International Chamber of Commerce was granted Observer Status at the United Nations in December 2016—providing business with direct access into the UN system for the very first time.



The G20 has emerged as the central global forum for international economic cooperation, with an expanding policy agenda that bears upon a broad spectrum of business issues

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