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.”Read more...
Closing date for applications: 18 August 2014.
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.
Paris, 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].
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4 July 2014 - La Commission suisse d’arbitrage et ADR a organisé le 2 juillet 2014 une rencontre à Paris entre le Secrétariat de la Cour et les arbitres suisses, sous la présidence de Me Urs Weber-Stecher. Lors de cette rencontre, outre les questions générales des procédures ou encore les questions spécifiques, il s’agissait surtout de renforcer les liens avec le secrétariat de la Cour. Le study Tour 2014 était un vrai succès et devrait se renouveler en 2015.
On 26 June 2014, Switzerland had the honour to host the annual meeting of ICC governing bodies. This meeting represents the cornerstone of the annual ICC activities. In order to give its members the opportunity to benefit from the concentration of high-level business people and of ICC national committees representatives in an international city such as Geneva, ICC Switzerland organized an event entitled “Business Dialogue with International Organizations”, as well as a Gala Dinner with the Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard.