About ICC

Founded in 1919, post WWI, to establish an international rules-based framework for international business, promote prosperity and security.

The ICC has been convening and connecting business to influence world trade for over 100 years

  • UN Observer Status, UN Mission in New York
  • Co-founder of B20 and G20 Network Partner
  • Instigated the creation of the Global Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), Global Agreement on Tariffs on Trade and Services (GATTS)
  • Involved in the G7 from its inception
  • Strategic partner to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The ICC International Court of Arbitration, launched in 1923 provides a global mechanism to settle international disputes
  • Business focal point to UNFCCC for climate negotiations
  • ICC Incoterms®, launched in 1936 provides the internationally recognised rule book for buyers and seller of goods
  • ICC Digital Standards Initiative is the coordinating body for digitalising world trade
  • ICC Banking Commission is the self-regulating body for global trade finance
  • ICC representative to The Commonwealth, B2B Cluster Co-Chair to the Connectivity Agenda
  • Advise government on digital, sustainable, green trade — Free Trade Agreements, G7, the Department for Business and Trade, the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Cabinet Office
  • Support to the All Party Parliamentary Group on UN Global Goals

Today we believe trade must work for both people and planet, this means:

  • Promoting an inclusive, sustainable, secure and transparent global trading system
  • Providing the rules and standards to support trade for the next 100 years
  • Promote open, cross-border trade
  • To develop rules and standards for international business
  • Help companies and states settle international disputes
  • Shaping frameworks
  • Promoting international best practice
  • Implementing solutions

We are a member led institution. Our values and activities reflect the priorities of our members in the UK and worldwide.

  • Shaping frameworks
    Influence global policy priorities and promote alignment and consistency in the application of international laws, rules, standards
    Develop future proof rules and standards that enable digital and sustainable supply chains, access to finance and dispute resolution


  • Implementing solutions
    Develop practical tools and initiatives to help business


  • Promoting international best practice
    Educate and raise awareness of international frameworks and promote scalable solutions

Our global policy priorities

Enabling global trade
Promoting access to justice, integrity and respect for the rule of law
Accelerating sustainability and climate action
Shaping an open, trusted and interoperable digital economy
Strengthening multilateral cooperation

Specialised divisions


Peter Farrell
Global Privacy Director, Unilever

"The International Chamber of Commerce plays a crucial role in shaping the digital economy at inter-governmental levels, connecting businesses with governments and international institutions, and influencing policy decisions that work in and for the real economy."