but trade matters.
ICC & WTO Launch Small Business Champions initiative
A platform for companies and private sector organisations around the world to propose innovative, practical ideas designed to encourage micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to do business across borders.
Sheltering industries from global competition might sound like a good idea, but evidence shows that it creates real hardship in the long run.
Trade can provide a huge boost to small business growth, enabling SMEs to pay better salaries and create more jobs.
Trade encourages greater productivity and innovation, fueling growth, creating jobs and lowering prices for many essential products, from components of your car to your morning coffee.
Many aspects of our daily routine are intimately linked to the international trading system, from our morning coffee, to the avocados in our lunchtime salads, to the evening film we choose to watch.
Learn more about why trade matters to you.
Stories from around the world
Small businesses are taking a stand to help re-balance public debate on global trade integration. Here they tell their real life stories behind global trade and the benefits open markets can bring to their businesses and workforces.
Does your company have a story to tell about how trade has helped your business and what reforms could help you do more?
SMEs speak up on trade
Trade holds enormous potential for small business growth, but don’t just take our word for it. Read from SMEs around the world as they recount their experiences trading internationally.