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Our Mission

We are the preeminent voice of retail and real estate.

Our mission is to ensure the retail and real estate industry is broadly recognized for the integral role it plays in the social, civic and economic vibrancy of communities across the globe. Founded in 1957, today we are a broad member network joined together in one vibrant global community.

What drives us

Building communities

Retail and real estate properties offer more than just financial profits — they’re a place to hang out after work, walk around with friends or family, and experience life offline. They enrich the social fabric of the places the world calls home.

Fueling economies

Retail and real estate properties are essential to economic development, largely because of the property and sales taxes they generate. They also create jobs, buoy GDPs, and help drive the U.S. economy.

Inspiring innovation

Retail and real estate will shape the social practices, business policies and technologies of the future. We stay on the cutting edge of industry trends so our members are equipped to lead their businesses into the future.

Master Narrative

Our heritage

With a $500 payment and a handshake, seven enterprising professionals established ICSC in a downtown Chicago hotel in 1957. The next 60 years saw those humble roots grow to a worldwide member network.

Our core values

Service – Serving our members is a privilege and we have an unrelenting focus on it. We seek out how best to address challenges and opportunities in a direct and fair manner.

Integrity – We recognize our reputation is essential and acting with honesty and integrity is fundamental in every interaction.

Teamwork – We have passion and pride in our organization and our teammates. We act with kindness and respect and are dedicated to a culture of collaboration and collegiality.

Diversity – We recognize that our ability to serve our members and our organization is strengthened by working with and seeking out the views of people with different backgrounds, cultures and thinking styles.

ICSC Annual Report 2018 - 2019
This year has been one of continued industry change as well as progress for both our members and ICSC.

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