Everything we do at ICC Belgium, like at the ICC in more than 100 countries, aims to promote international trade and investment as vehicles for inclusive growth and prosperity.
From resolving disputes when they arise in international commerce to supporting global efforts to streamline customs and border procedures, we support multilateralism as the best way to address global challenges and reach global goals.
Having witnessed the power of international commerce to lift millions of people out of poverty, today we have our sights set on the future of globalisation, working to promote inclusive and sustainable growth to the benefit of all.
We work to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation by combining our global influence with our unique expertise in advocacy, standard setting activities and global services.
In the activities we carry out every day—in our work to support the resolution of commercial disputes, through policy advocacy, in the development of rules and guidelines, in our training courses, and in the delivery of other practical tools and services, we help you adapt to the challenges of trading in today’s fast-paced global economy.
A word from our global Secretary General, John Danilovich:
A tsunami of anti-globalisation is inundating the western world and destabilising the very foundations of the collaborative economic and social consensus that has brought us so much progress over the last half century.
Open trade is being challenged by atavistic protectionism and economic nationalism, tainted with xenophobic undertones and threats of import tariffs that would bring real hardship for many across the world.
For almost 100 years, ICC has been a beacon for global economic growth, prosperity and peace.
Our close working relationship with the World Trade Organization to strengthen the rules-based multilateral trading system has done so much to create economic opportunity for millions across the world.
And the United Nations’ recent acknowledgment of ICC as the voice of world business through the granting of Observer Status gives our global constituency an unparalleled platform to participate directly and independently at the General Assembly.
But we surely must not ignore the valid defects of globalisation. A central theme of Sunil Bharti Mittal’s chairmanship of ICC is ‘inclusivity’—with the aim of ensuring that everyone has the
opportunity to benefit from global trade.
A key element in this strategy is the role of business within society. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer us the opportunity to build trust with society as well as to provide business with a tremendous new growth strategy.
Recent research shows how pursuing SDGs could raise trillions of dollars in new market opportunities while vastly extending prosperity to all.
We at ICC must reaffirm our commitment to those values that define our mission and make us who we are: trade, prosperity, responsibility and peace.
In these turbulent times, dedication to our core values aligned with 21st century social imperatives will continue to serve our members and the world well.