International Chamber of Commerce
The ICC is the global business organisation that represents private sector interests from all sectors.
The Australian Chamber is the exclusive Australian affiliate to the ICC and manages ICC Australia. We are the only Australian business association that can provide Australian business with direct input into the global forums in which the ICC participates:
- World Trade Organisation
- United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
- World Customs Organisation
- United Nations Conference on International Trade and Development
- United Nations Environmental Program
With a global network of over 6 million members in more than 100 countries, ICC works to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a consistent global approach to regulation through its unique mix of advocacy and standard setting, and market leading dispute resolution services. The Australian Chamber’s membership of the ICC is a critical support for Australian businesses, importing, exporting and doing business with the world.
ICC represents business interests at the highest levels of intergovernmental decision-making, at the World Trade Organization, the United Nations and the G20, ensuring the voice of business is heard on trade and commerce. This capacity to bridge the public and private sectors sets the ICC apart as a unique organisation, responding to the needs of any player involved in international commerce.
ICC also has a long history of formulating the voluntary rules under which business is conducted every day from internationally recognised Incoterms rules to the UCP 600 Uniform Customs and Practices for Documentary Credit that are widely used in international finance. ICC specialises in world-class business and legal training and is the industry-leading provider of practical tools for international business, banking and arbitration.
The Australian Chamber is the “National Committee” of ICC in Australia, which is one of the oldest running national ICC committees in the world.
- ICC is a recognised industry partner of the World Trade Organisation, United Nations and G20 (through the B20).
- ICC Australia provides the national conduit from the ICC’s international work to domestic policy and practice in Australia.
- ICC Australia members can influence rules businesses use every day to reduce costs and uncertainties – on arbitration, banking, commercial contracts and trade – via ICC policy commissions.
- Membership of ICC Australia is the mechanism for Australian businesses and individuals to play a direct role in this area.
- ICC offers a range of alternative dispute resolution processes which provide lower cost or more specific processes for dispute resolution than arbitration, for example DOCDEX for disputes over documentary credits and mediation for commercial disputes.
- Preferential access is given to the International Court of Arbitration, the world’s leading international arbitration body, for ICC Australia members.
- Premium Corporate members are eligible to be nominated for a seat at the prestigious ICC G20 CEO Advisory Group and have substantial further opportunities for policy influence at forums such as the OECD and APEC.