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ICC Switzerland s’oppose clairement aux quotas d'immigration rigides

L’initiative Ecopop inquiète les entreprises internationales en Suisse. Ce texte fixe des limites rigides à l’immigration et vise par ailleurs à attribuer chaque année 200 millions de francs au financement de moyens de contraception dans le tiers monde. ICC Switzerland rejette clairement cette initiative extrême qui menace l’économie. La prospérité de la Suisse dépend de sa bonne intégration dans les réseaux internationaux. La flexibilité est nécessaire, aujourd’hui comme demain, ce qu’Ecopop ne permet pas. La votation aura lieu le 30 novembre.

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Seminar on Mediation on 30 September 2014

ICC's new Mediation Rules came into force on 1 January 2014. Drafted within the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR by a task force of dispute resolution specialists and company representatives from 29 countries, the new Rules are administrated by the ICC International Centre for ADR. They replace the ICC ADR Rules, used for amicable dispute resolution since 2001.

ICC Switzerland will organize an event on 30 September 2014, which will offer participants the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive overview of the new Rules and an insight into the latest developments in international commercial mediation. The participants will know more about the use of Mediation in business practice and how the new ICC Mediation Rules respond to the expectations of parties and practitioners. Our seminar will be of interest to companies, lawyers, mediators and other potential users of the Mediation Rules.

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International experts join the ICC YAF Regional Coordinating Committee

Paris, 24 July 2014 – The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF) is pleased to announce its new Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) members for the 2014-2016 mandate. The new RCC members, representing 30 countries, will be in charge for the next two years of promoting and developing the ICC YAF global network which includes over 7,500 members worldwide.

ICC YAF is the biggest young arbitrators association of its kind and represents a unique network for young professionals in the field. The forum grows bigger every year and its educational programmes and conferences offer an ideal environment for young practitioners to exchange their views on international arbitration and learn from experts.

“ICC YAF has significantly expanded over the past years in quantity, diversity and geographical reach. We are delighted to have been able to choose an incredibly diverse and talented group of young professionals located throughout the world in response to such expansion,” said Jose Feris, ICC YAF Co-Chair and Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He added: “Each of them brings a great deal of energy, experience and new ideas. We look forward to collaborating with them individually and as a group to create new synergies that will continue to push our global network forward and build stronger ties among our members.”

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Position to fill: ICC Deputy Secretary General (2)

The International Chamber of Commerce is seeking to appoint his Deputy Secretary General.Please find attached the job description.Should you be interested in applying for this position please send your application, by email, to : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with a copy to the Human Resources Department: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Closing date for applications: 18 August 2014.

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ICC framework for responsible advertising and marketing communications of alcohol

July 14, 2014: A new global resource has been published by the ICC Commission on Marketing and Advertising to help strengthen self-regulation for marketing alcohol. By clarifying how existing global principles should be applied in practice, the ICC Framework for Responsible Marketing Communications of Alcohol (The Framework) offers companies and self-regulatory bodies a guide for bolstering responsible practice across markets. It will also serve as the basis for developing self-regulatory rules for marketing alcohol where these do not exist.

The Framework was developed by the body of global experts responsible for developing and updating the Consolidated ICC Code of Advertising and Marketing Communications Practice, which serves as the gold standard for most national and sectoral self-regulation.

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ICC releases Guidelines on Gifts and Hospitality

gifts-hospitality 157Paris, 11 July 2014 – The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has developed a set of Guidelines on Gifts and Hospitality. This new anti-corruption tool will provide guidance to enterprises on business ethics related to these practices.ICC members have expressed the need for greater training material on anti-corruption compliance, namely regarding Gifts and Hospitality. The Guidelines offer recommendations on how to establish and maintain a policy on this particular issue, based on the most recent international, regional and national rules, as well as on commercial best practice.Companies can be solicited to make gifts or provide hospitality while conducting commercial activities, or may wish to do so at their own initiative. While such practices are not per se illegal, they can, in some cases, create a suspicion of impropriety or be considered as bribery.Among other recommendations, the Guidelines state that enterprises should establish a policy which provides that Gifts and Hospitality are limited to expenditures that are business-related, are made transparently, and recorded fairly and accurately in the company’s books and records. Such practices should also be appropriate considering the culture and living standards in the country where the advantage is received.The Guidelines will complement ICC’s suite of anti-corruption tools, which includes the Ethics and Compliance Training Handbook.  ICC is also conducting work to identify how due diligence practices may be streamlined and will also soon organize and deliver a global training programme on corporate integrity and compliance in collaboration with National Committees and chambers of commerce worldwide.As part of ICC’s series of actions aimed at promoting business integrity, Viviane Schiavi, Senior Policy Manager of the ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption, also co-chaired a Panel at the Basel Institute of Governance Conference end June on Collective Action to counter corruption. The conference gathered representatives from business, government, academia and civil society.Click here to read the ICC Guidelines on Gifts and Hospitality [online as of Thursday 10 July].

Learn more about or purchase a copy of the ICC Ethics and Compliance Training Handbook

ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption

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