International Council of Shopping Centers

Founded in 1957, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its over 70,000 members in the U.S., Canada and more than 100 other countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, lenders, retailers and other professionals as well as academics and public officials. As the global industry trade association, ICSC links with more than 25 national and regional shopping center councils throughout the world. The principal aims of ICSC are to advance the development of the shopping center industry and to establish the individual shopping center as a major institution in the community through:

  • Promoting the role of shopping centers in the marketing of consumer goods and services
  • Establishing codes of fair business ethics and dealings with retailers and consumers and with government and public agencies.
  • Encouraging research into the architecture and design of shopping centers and into the development of improved management and maintenance methods.
  • Collecting and disseminating information among members pertaining to techniques of profitable operation, which can serve to improve the individual shopping center and the industry.
  • Study economic, marketing and promotional conditions affecting the shopping center industry.
  • Promoting the prestige and standing of members as reputable specialists in the field of shopping center development and management.