The Arctic Economic Council (AEC) is an independent organization created to facilitate Arctic business-to-business activities and responsible economic development. Through the sharing of best practices, standards and innovative Arctic solutions.

The AEC is open for membership applications from corporations, businesses, partnerships and indigenous groups that have an economic interest in the Arctic. The AEC’s member representation includes a diverse collection of business industries that operate in the Arctic – from mining and shipping companies to telecommunication and indigenous economic development corporations, and from SMEs to big multinationals. This mix of interests ensures that our work is carried out in an inclusive and sustainable manner for the betterment of the Arctic states and communities that we represent. Representing the width of businesses across the Arctic and also globally, the AEC also provides a network for its members.

As a member of the AEC, companies and organizations have an opportunity to nominate members to the AEC Working Groups and thus shape the work on responsible business development in the Arctic.

The AEC has currently 6 Working Groups:

  • Maritime Transportation
  •  Responsible Resource Development
  • Connectivity
  • Investment and Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Blue Economy

Read more about the Working Groups here

The AEC Membership Terms and Conditions and Membership applicationare also available on our website. There are two membership groups:

Arctic Partner

For all types of corporations, businesses, partnerships and indigenous groups coming both from the Arctic and from sub-Arctic regions, there is an opportunity to join the AEC as a non-voting partner.

Permafrost Partner

Permafrost Partner is designed for micro business that are not subsidiaries, with their business headquarters located within an Arctic state and which have 15 employees or less.

Relevant documents

Membership Benefits

Membership Application Process and Membership Terms and Conditions

Membership Application