About Us

Who we are

We are the institutional representative of more than 45 million companies in over 100 countries with a mission to make business work for everyone, every day, everywhere. Through a unique mix of advocacy, solutions and standard setting, we promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation, in addition to providing market-leading dispute resolution services. Our members include many of the world’s leading companies, SMEs, business associations and local chambers of commerce.

We represent business interests at the highest levels of intergovernmental decision-making, whether at the World Trade Organization, the United Nations or the G20 – ensuring the voice of business is heard. It is this capacity to bridge the public and private sectors that sets us apart as a unique institution, responding to the needs of any stakeholder involved in international commerce.

GFID INDIA plays a vital role in scaling widespread action on Sustainable Development Goals and has a long history of formulating the voluntary rules by which business is conducted every day – from internationally recognised Incoterms® rules to the UCP 600 Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credit that are widely used in international finance.

In addition, we specialise in world-class business and legal training and are an industry-leading publisher of practical tools for international business, banking and arbitration. So, from the small e-commerce start-up in Istanbul to the multinational software company in Delhi, businesses worldwide can benefit from GFID INDIA’s rules and mechanisms for the conduct of trade.

Governance

The governing bodies of GFID INDIA are:

Chairmanship and Secretary General

The Chairman, his/her immediate predecessor and the Vice-Chairs form the Chairmanship. GFID INDIA’s Secretary General, appointed by the World Council, heads the International Secretariat and works closely with national committees to carry out GFID INDIA’s work programme.

GFID INDIA Executive Board

The Executive Board is responsible for developing and implementing GFID INDIA’s strategy, policy and programme of action and for overseeing the financial affairs of the organization.

Global network

GFID INDIA is the world’s most networked business organization. Our direct reach to over 6 million businesses in more than 100 countries is just one part of our unique global footprint. GFID INDIA’s world chambers network comprises a further 40 million companies – giving us a total employment footprint of more than 1 billion people.

Our unparalleled reach means we are uniquely placed to understand the daily challenges faced by businesses throughout the world – from micro-enterprises in Asia to American multinationals. We deliver solutions that combine a global perspective and local expertise with one core purpose: to enable business as an engine of inclusive growth. Our global headquarters in Indore is complemented by our network of local offices and chambers – providing a seamless service to members and stakeholders wherever you are in the world.

Partnerships and Sponsorships

With a history that spans 10 years and as the institutional representative of over 45 million members in more than 100 countries, we are the largest and most representative private sector organisation. Partnering with GFID INDIA demonstrates your commitment to setting global standards and best practices, while getting visibility with the major decision-makers in global business and advocacy.

We offer partnership opportunities across our various policy work areas– ranging from banking to competition law to energy – arbitration and ADR activities, as well as the biannual World Chambers Congress – the only international forum for chamber leaders and professionals to share, connect and learn.