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( Source of the document: ICC Digital Library )
by Dan Taylor
ICC is the world business organization, a representative body that speaks with authority on behalf of enterprises from all sectors in every part of the world.
The fundamental mission of ICC is to promote trade and investment across frontiers and help business corporations meet the challenges and opportunities of globalization. Its conviction that trade is a powerful force for peace and prosperity dates from the organization’s origins early in the last century. The small group of far-sighted business leaders who founded ICC called themselves “the merchants of peace”.
Because its member companies and associations are themselves engaged in international business, ICC has unrivalled authority in making rules that govern the conduct of business across borders. Although these rules are voluntary, they are observed in countless thousands of transactions every day and have become part of the fabric of international trade.
ICC also provides essential services, foremost among them the ICC International Court of Arbitration, the world’s leading arbitral institution. Another service is the World Chambers Federation, ICC’s worldwide network of chambers of commerce, fostering interaction and exchange of chamber best practice.
Within a year of the creation of the United Nations, ICC was granted consultative status at the highest level with the UN and its specialized agencies.
Business leaders and experts drawn from the ICC membership establish the business stance on broad issues of trade and investment policy as well as on vital technical and sectoral subjects. These include financial services, information technologies, telecommunications, marketing ethics, the environment, transportation, competition law and intellectual property.
ICC was founded in 1919. Today it groups thousands of member companies and associations from over 130 countries. National committees work with their members to address the concerns of business in their countries and convey to their governments the business views formulated by ICC.
ICC Publications Department is committed to offering the best resources on business and trade for the international community.
The content of ICC publications is derived from the work of ICC commissions, institutions and individual international experts. The specialized list covers a range of topics including international banking, international trade reference and terms (Incoterms), law and arbitration, counterfeiting and fraud, model commercial contracts and environmental issues.
Publications are available in both traditional paper and electronic formats from the ICC Business Bookstore.
ICC’s programme of conferences and seminars is the essential channel for passing on the world business organization’s expertise to a wider audience.
ICC Events, a Department of ICC Services, spotlights policy issues of direct concern to business such as banking techniques and practices, e-business, IT and telecoms, piracy and counterfeiting.
ICC Events also runs training courses on international arbitration and negotiating international contracts for business people, corporate counsel, lawyers and legal practitioners involved in international trade.
ICC’s specialized list of publications covers a range of topics including international banking, international trade reference and terms (Incoterms), law and arbitration, counterfeiting and fraud, model commercial contracts and environmental issues.
ICC products are available from ICC national committees which exist in over 80 countries around the world. Contact details for a national committee in your country are available at www.iccwbo.org
You may also order ICC products online from the ICC Business Bookstore at www.iccbooks.com
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