• The world business organisation


ICC is the world’s largest business organisation representing 45 million companies and 1 billion employees from all sectors and company sizes in over 130 countries. We are the only business organisation with UN Observer Status. ICC United Kingdom is the representative office of ICC in the UK and works with British business groups worldwide to represent the voice of British business at inter-governmental level - the United Nations, G20 and World Trade Organization.

ICC has three central functions, to:

  1. Promote responsible free trade
  2. Provide the rules and standards that govern international business
  3. Help companies and States settle international disputes


ICC is the only business organisation with Observer Status to the UN General Assembly and has a Mission to the United Nations based in New York, a bit like member states do. This means ICC has an elevated status within the UN ecosystem and benefits from unique access to UN decision makers and being a priority partner for organising major business events.

At national level, the UN relationship enables companies to work more closely with national governments to represent business and work on national priorities to help deliver the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals.