The ICC Secretariat is governed by the ICC World Council [annual general meeting], made up of representatives from member countries. The UK is a founding member of ICC with three representatives on the ICC World Council. ICC United Kingdom is the representative office of ICC in the UK.
All National offices and representatives operate under a Global Partnership Agreement with the Secretariat and pay an annual fee, a bit like a franchise fee. We all share the following core responsibilities, to:
National offices function as independent entities with most co-located within national Chambers of Commerce, particularly in the emerging markets. There are a small number of mostly larger offices that function as fully independent offices, like ICC United Kingdom.
We are a member-led business organisation and aim to be as inclusive as possible in the decisions we make. We are constituted as a company limited by guarantee and governed by the UK Board. Our members are our decision makers with input from our wider stakeholders and support from the team.
Constitutional decisions are made by our Guarantors at formal events like the Annual General Meeting when voting is required. Guarantors can only be companies, law firms or banks.
ICC’s role is to represent the interests of business at inter-governmental level – at the United Nations, G20, World Trade Organisation and other international institutions. We aim to add value to others, supporting UK business organisations and complementing their activities at local, national level and regional level.
Our central focus is to improve the international trading environment and promote international best practice, supporting the work of others on national trade governance, bilateral and regional trade relations and practical trade support for companies wanting to import and export.
A growing number of business organisations are affiliate members of ICC.
ICC is an impartial convener on behalf of business that promotes inclusive dialogue to find policy solutions that work for everyone. We actively foster engagement with the wider community and have a rich mix of relationships with ICC offices, NGOs, institutions, consumer representatives, unions and foreign governments and regularly collaborate on forums, campaigns, bespoke projects and events.
ICC has always worked closely with the UK government on international trade and business priorities. Our main points of contact are:
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