innovation. insight. influence.

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) is the premier advocacy and policy organization for the world’s leading innovation companies.  We have earned the trust of the world’s most recognized technology brands to solve their most complex policy challenges.

ITI is home to the top innovators and best-run companies around the globe.  Our members pioneer cutting-edge products and services that improve people’s daily lives.  Forbes ranks our members among the most innovative companies on the planet, and ten of our companies are among the world’s 50 largest corporations.

ITI navigates the constantly changing relationships between policymakers, companies, and non-governmental organizations.  We provide creative solutions and policy advocacy that advance the development and use of technology around the world.  We match our members’ breakthrough innovations with cutting-edge approaches to help people and governments better understand our members and the work they do.

Our expertise ranges from market access to sustainability, from core standards to the cloud. Our influence spans the world’s national capitals and key commercial markets.  We develop first-rate advocacy strategies and market-specific approaches.  And we deliver results.  

ITI has served the high-tech industry longer than any other trade association.  As the industry has evolved, ITI has changed and adapted along with it. 


  • 1916 - The association was founded in Chicago, Illinois, as the National Association of Office Appliance Manufacturers.
  • 1929 - The association set out to strengthen its role in public policy and changed its name to become the Office Equipment Manufacturers Institute.
  • 1961 - The Institute was reorganized to cope more effectively with the issues confronting a rapidly changing and expanding ICT industry, and it became known as the Business Equipment Manufacturers Association (BEMA).
  • 1961 - The first organizational meeting of the Accredited Standards Committee X3, Information Technology, which was established as a forum of information technology developers under American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures. BEMA (now ITI) took the Secretariat responsibility. The forum was later renamed InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) and continues to be housed with ITI.
  • 1973 - BEMA became the Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers Association (CBEMA). For the next two decades, the association's value to member companies was manifest in numerous regulatory and legislative accomplishments, in successful efforts to build a network with counterparts in other nations, and in its ability to sustain a voluntary industry standards programs in the U.S. and abroad.
  • 1994 - CBEMA again reorganized and was renamed the Information Technology Industry Council or ITI. The new name better reflected the dynamic ICT industry as it is today -- consisting of manufacturers and suppliers of hardware, ICT services and software.
  • 1998 - ITI issues its first High Tech Voting Guide, which evaluates House and Senate votes on key technology issues as identified by its members at the end of each Congress. It was the first technology industry scorecard of congressional votes and appears among the interest group ratings in National Journal's Almanac of American Politics.
  • 2006 - Several ITI member companies joined together to launch the Information Technology Innovation Foundation, a nonprofit, non-partisan research and educational institute – a think tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues.
  • 2007 - The Environmental Leadership Council joins ITI and creates ITI's Environment & Sustainability Division. The ELC is the preeminent industry voice for domestic advocacy and compliance assistance in the areas of electronics recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing and materials selection.
  • 2010 - The Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC) becomes part of ITI. Launched in 2008, DESSC members are committed to advancing policies that help drive sustainable economic growth through ICT-enabled energy efficiency and clean energy innovation.


Today, ITI represents companies on the cutting edge of technology, and our mission is the same as that of our founders in 1916 -- to promote the global competitiveness of our member companies through tech friendly public policy.