- Category: Marketing & Advertising
Paris, 07 March 2014
In a statement issued today, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has called for companies across the digital advertising ecosystem to work together to develop safeguards against advertisement placements that support illegal activity or harm brand reputation.
ICC is calling for industry co-operation on the development of a self-regulatory mechanism that reduces the likelihood of adverts being placed on sites dedicated to either engaging in or facilitating illegal activity or around content that an advertiser deems to be harmful.
“There is consensus among everyone in the ecosystem that advertising should not support illegal activity,” said Brent Sanders, Chair of the ICC Commission on Marketing and Advertising and Associate General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation. “This statement acknowledges the importance of a collective solution and encourages cooperation to set up effective, feasible self-regulatory solutions.”
- Category: G20 advisory Group
Paris, 07 March 2014
The G20 has made steady progress on business goals since 2011, according to the latest G20 Business Scorecard, published today by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The third instalment of the annual Scorecard reveals a year-on-year improvement in score since ICC’s monitoring began, while still noting that progress remains poor in several crucial areas, including energy and the environment.
Overall, the Scorecard rates G20 responsiveness to business priorities as ‘fair’, reflecting a score of 2.1 out of a possible 3.0, higher than the two earlier Scorecards.
“The G20 continues to make progress on a robust agenda to accelerate economic growth and job creation,” said ICC Chairman and Chairman of McGraw Hill Financial Harold (Terry) McGraw III. “The business community is committed to working together with policy makers on issues of critical importance such as trade and investment that can produce job growth and long-term prosperity.”
Among the positive outcomes that led to this year’s higher score was the G20 support for the historic World Trade Organization Agreement on Trade Facilitation and the extension of the G20 standstill on protectionist measures until the end of 2016. The improvement in score also reflected G20 efforts to increase access to finance for small and medium businesses and the recognition of business as a key partner in the fight against corruption.
- Category: BASCAP
Paris, 26 February 2014
The International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) has welcomed the outcome of a European Parliament vote on the transit of counterfeit goods.
On Tuesday 25 February, the European Parliament (EP) voted in favour of amendments on the issue of controls of counterfeit goods in transit. The amendments were jointly proposed by EP members Marielle Gallo, and Bernhard Rapkay.
ICC BASCAP strongly supported these amendments before the plenary vote that resulted in a positive outcome for the fight against the transit of counterfeit goods in the European Union (EU).
These measures are close to the Commission proposal and provide additional reassurance that, by allowing the control of counterfeit goods in transit in accordance with WTO rules, the smooth transit of legitimate goods, including legitimate generic medicines, will not be impeded.