Information, Communications and Technology

Chair

Eric Loeb
Senior Vice President of International External and Regulatory Affairs
AT&T

Staff

Barbara Wanner
Vice President, ICT Policy
202-617-3155 or bwanner@uscib.org

Erin Breitenbucher
Senior Policy and Program Associate, Washington
202-682-7465 or ebreitenbucher@uscib.org

What’s at Stake for Business

  • The digital economy permeates everything and non-traditional ICT companies rely on ICTs to do their business.
  • The digital economy can deliver the solutions and innovations needed to create jobs and spur economic growth but policies must enable private sector opportunities to invest and promote cross-border data flows.
  • A shift away from the multistakeholder model of Internet governance toward a more government-dominated approach will snuff the dynamic growth of the ICT sector and hamper the innovative potential of the Internet.

Current Priorities

  • Advocate a multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and promote policies and initiatives aimed at promoting private sector investment and competition.
  • Ensure that privacy regulations do not prove overly burdensome to business operations, hamper innovation, or impede legitimate cross-border data flows, while realizing regulatory interoperability.
  • Promote a risk management-based approach to cybersecurity that enables business to flexibly implement appropriate market-driven, voluntary, consensus-based internationally recognized standards.
  • Support continued multistakeholder leadership of the technical management of the Domain Name System.
  • Oppose overly broad local data storage requirements.

USCIB At Work

USCIB is advocating on a number of fronts for policies that do not hamper innovation and that allow ICTs to realize the tremendous potential to create economic opportunity, address social challenges and create a more inclusive digital economy:

  • At the United Nations – underscoring role of business in economic development and realization of Post-2015 SDGs and upholding the multistakeholder model of Internet governance
  • At the OECD – ensuring a risk-based approach to cybersecurity working through BIAC and continued pro-business, “light touch” regulatory approach to the evolving digital transformation of the economy
  • At APEC – pressing for approaches to privacy that enable cross-border data flows and are not overly restrictive
  • In Washington – engaging with the U.S. government to shape further development of NTIA’s multistakeholder examination of cybersecurity challenges

Recent Advocacy Engagement

The Committee has a deep technical knowledge of ICT issues and provides industry expertise in policy deliberations concerning the digital economy.  USCIB is also:

  • Engaging with U.S. government agencies to share information and align messaging about emerging issues in UN Internet governance forums.
  • Working within APEC to elevate the Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system as a priority as well as promote U.S. leadership on an APEC digital economy agenda.
  • Actively collaborating with U.S. and foreign business groups on advocacy aimed at highlighting and seeking remedy for China’s protectionist technologies policies.
  • Shaping implementation of the 2016 plan to transition the stewardship of the Domain Name System to a global multi-stakeholder entity through both written comments and interaction with ICANN and U.S. government agencies.

Who We Are

The USCIB Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Committee is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.

Mission

The Committee advocates for policies characterized by free and fair competition, minimal government intervention and free information flows that ensure the continued growth of ICTs in a range of strategic forums:

  • The UN’s Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
  • The OECD
  • The APEC Electronic Commerce Steering Group
  • The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Positions and Statements

USCIB Supports an EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (9/18/2017) - On the occasion of the first joint review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework, USCIB reaffirmed support for the Framework and issued a statement underscoring its importance in ensuring continued robust and reliable transatlantic data flows, which have proved vital for healthy U.S.-EU commercial relations.
USCIB Discourages Regulatory Overreach in Comments to ITU (8/16/2017) - USCIB filed comments with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) last week as part of the agency's consultation on public policy considerations for "over the top" services, urging the ITU to avoid expanding its jurisdiction to include Internet-related issues.

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News Stories

IGF Discusses Gender, Trade, Digital Security and More (1/3/2018) - More than 2,000 stakeholders from business, government, civil society, the technical community, and academia gathered in Geneva, Switzerland December 18-21 for the 12th Internet Governance Forum (IGF).
Fall/Winter 2017 Issue of International Business Now Live (11/29/2017) - The Fall/Winter 2017 issue features USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson‘s column on “The Global Goals: a blueprint for partnership and action” as well as articles on developments in the UN General Assembly, NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, plus news from our global network–Business at OECD, the International Organization of Employers and the International Chamber of Commerce.

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Press Releases

Washington Conference to Explore OECD’s Role in Facilitating the Digital Transformation (1/17/2017) - USCIB is organizing a timely conference, “Facilitating Digital Transformation: The OECD’s Role,” March 8 in Washington, D.C.
USCIB Statement on the U.S. Election Results (11/9/2016) - USCIB congratulated Donald Trump on his election as president, saying a top priority for the new administration should be a strategy for U.S. engagement with the wider world.

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Op-Eds and Speeches

USCIB Op-Ed: Time for Some ‘Tough Love’ at the UN (5/2/2017) - USCIB President Peter Robinson, writing in The Hill, urges U.S. officials to help the United Nations focus its efforts and become more accountable to stakeholders.
USCIB in the News: Op-ed in The Hill on UN Funding (1/11/2017) - USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson published a timely op-ed in The Hill addressing calls in Congress to withhold funding for the United Nations.

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Product Policy

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Chair

Sophia Danenberg
Manager, Environmental Health and Safety
Regulatory Program
The Boeing Company

Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Mia Lauter
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5082 or mlauter@uscib.org

What’s at Stake for Business

  • Chemicals are central to the modern economy and are used in the production of thousands of different products.
  • Inconsistent and unbalanced regulations will undermine market access and related industry initiatives.
  • Any new requirement that is inconsistent with existing guidelines would be unnecessarily burdensome
    to companies.

Current Priorities

  • Balanced approach to chemicals management that recognizes and respects intellectual property rights and protection of confidential business information.
  • Sound management of chemicals throughout their life cycles based on hazard and risk evaluations.
  • Regulatory coherence between differing chemicals management regimes.

USCIB At Work

USCIB represents U.S. business at high-level international conferences to defend and promote our members’ views.  When we succeed, our positions are reflected in the principles put forth in the chemicals management guidelines that are shaped:

  • At APEC, where we are the lead multisectoral U.S. business association at the APEC Chemical Dialogue advocating for the protection of confidential business information and regulatory cooperation with other chemicals management regimes.
  • At the UN, where we are ensuring that confidential business information and other industry interests are adequately protected in the SAICM Chemicals in Products (CiP) program, a voluntary initiative designed to give guidance on how to share relevant information on chemicals in products.
  • In Washington, where we meet regularly with U.S Environment Protection Agency and State Department officials to ensure that the U.S business position is well represented in various international chemicals management deliberations.

Recent Advocacy Engagement

USCIB brings together the upstream and downstream chemicals users from our member companies to provide industry expertise and inform discussions on international chemicals management guidelines. USCIB is also:

  • Providing technical work into the CiP project and is advocating for risk-based assessments of chemicals and the protection of confidential business information.
  • Pushing for regulatory cooperation among APEC regulators.

Who We Are

The USCIB International Product Policy Working Group is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.

Mission

The Working Group works to ensure that U.S. products have timely access to markets around the world by advocating for product and chemical policies that minimize the risk of chemicals while reflecting good science, protecting confidential business information and avoiding technical barriers to trade.  USCIB influences chemicals management and product stewardship developments in a variety of international forums:

  • The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)
  • The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
  • The OECD

How to get involved

All USCIB members are eligible to participate in the USCIB International Product Policy Working Group. If you are a member and would like to be added to this working group or if you would like more information on how to become a member of USCIB, please contact:

Alison Hoiem
Senior Director, Member Services
(202) 682-1291 – ahoiem@uscib.org

News Stories

USCIB Gears Up for APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam (11/6/2017) - This week, USCIB’s Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation Mike Michener will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Da Nang, Viet Nam, as a business delegate and representative of the U.S. APEC Business Coalition.
USCIB’s “International Business” Summer 2017 Issue (8/15/2017) - The Summer 2017 issue features USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson‘s column on “Why International Organizations Matter to Your Business” as well as articles on developments in the B20, NAFTA and the UN high level political forum and the sustainable development agenda, plus news from our global network–Business at OECD, the International Organization of Employers and the International Chamber of Commerce.

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Press Releases

USCIB Welcomes Michael Michener as Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation (2/21/2017) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Michael Michener, a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive, has joined USCIB’s staff as vice president of product policy and innovation.
U.S. Business Urges Revision of European Chemicals Guidelines (9/13/2006) - New York, N.Y., September 13, 2006 – The United States Council for International Business, which represents America’s top global companies, has voiced concern to European Union authorities over proposed implementation guidelines for EU legislation, known as REACH, to regulate over 30,000 chemicals and products made from them. REACH, which stands for “registration, evaluation, and authorization […]

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Taxation

 

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Chair

Bill Sample
Vice President – Tax
Microsoft Corporation

Vice Chair

Timothy M. McDonald
Vice President, Finance & Accounting, Global Taxes
The Procter & Gamble Company

Vice Chair

Will Morris
Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader
PwC

Staff

Carol Doran Klein
Vice President and International Tax Counsel
202-682-7376 or cdklein@uscib.org

Erin Breitenbucher
Senior Policy & Program Associate and Office Manager, Washington
202-682-7465 or ebreitenbucher@uscib.org

Working Groups / Subcommittees

BIAC/ICC Subcommittee

Inbound Investment Subcommittee

Legislative and Administrative Developments Subcommittee

Tax Treaties Subcommittee

Transfer Pricing Subcommittee

Working Group on Consumption Taxes

Working Group on the Digital Economy

Working Group on Environment and Energy Taxes

Working Group on Financial Services Issues

Working Group on Permanent Establishment Issues

What’s at Stake for Business

  • Multiple sets of inconsistent rules drive up costs and result in double taxation.
  • Double taxation will have a negative impact on global trade and investment.

Current Priorities

  • Provide leadership and business perspective on key OECD projects including BEPS, transfer pricing guidelines for intangibles, permanent establishment rules.  USCIB works closely with BIAC on OECD issues.
  • Urge the OECD to consider the need for a predictable fiscal environment that will protect and encourage cross-border trade and investment in the context of developing and implementing BEPS recommendations.
  • Support enactment of foreign tax simplification provisions in the IRC that would significantly reduce the burden of complexity for U.S. companies and enhance their international competitiveness.
  • Successfully manage the 2018 OECD International Tax Conference in Washington, DC on June 4-5, 2018.

USCIB at Work

USCIB plays a leading role in advocating sound, consistent international taxation policies and opposes any efforts to unfairly increase the tax burden on companies in several forums:

  • At the OECD, leading voice through BIAC informing policymakers on the unintended negative consequences resulting from unilateral actions.
  • At the UN, providing business input at the UN’s Committee of Tax Experts including on changes to the UN Model and UN Transfer Pricing Guidance.
  • In Washington, promoting business interests to U.S. Treasury and House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees on International Tax Reform and U.S, competitiveness.

Recent Advocacy Engagement

The Committee has a deep technical knowledge of the practical applications of tax policy and works to prevent any policies that may have unintended negative consequences.  USCIB is also:

  • Engaging with the OECD by submitting comment letters and participating in Public Consultations and informal consultations on BEPS to advocate for the need of effective dispute resolution and clarity in guidance regarding all BEPS outcomes.
  • Citing business concerns with BEPS and noting the threat of double taxation and its negative impact on global trade and investment in letters sent to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.
  • On the Steering Committee of the BIAC Taxation Committee where we influence both agenda setting and policy development in the OECD.

Who We Are

The USCIB Tax Committee is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.

Mission

The Committee works to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. business by promoting sound, appropriate and consistent international tax policy and also to prevent and eliminate government policies that result in double taxation in a range of strategic forums:

  • The OECD, particularly on the Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS)
  • The United Nations
  • The U.S. Department of Treasury

Recent Accomplishments

News Stories

USCIB Urges President Trump: Secure Growth Through Engagement (1/8/2018) - As the annual State of the Union address approaches, USCIB is urging President Trump to use the occasion to commit his administration to pursuing strong U.S. economic growth and improved competitiveness by engaging with our trading partners and key international institutions. In a letter to the president, USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson wrote: “It […]
Fall/Winter 2017 Issue of International Business Now Live (11/29/2017) - The Fall/Winter 2017 issue features USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson‘s column on “The Global Goals: a blueprint for partnership and action” as well as articles on developments in the UN General Assembly, NAFTA and the World Trade Organization, plus news from our global network–Business at OECD, the International Organization of Employers and the International Chamber of Commerce.

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Press Releases

USCIB Statement on the U.S. Election Results (11/9/2016) - USCIB congratulated Donald Trump on his election as president, saying a top priority for the new administration should be a strategy for U.S. engagement with the wider world.
USCIB Welcomes Treasury White Paper Criticizing EU State Aid Investigations (8/24/2016) - USCIB welcomed the U.S. Treasury’s statement criticizing the European Commission’s ongoing state aid investigations, aimed at recouping prior-year tax benefits.

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Health Care

What’s at Stake for Business

  • Global health issues have risen to the top of the agenda as policymakers struggle to ensure the best quality health care at an affordable price.
  • There are limited opportunities for business to engage with the WHO. Engagement with the OECD on health care issues is critical as the OECD’s work often mirrors WHO priorities.
  • The challenges to health care systems and the implications of non-wage labor costs affect competitiveness and economic growth as the economy is broadly dependent on healthy and active populations and workforces.
  • To address NCDs, governments are looking at ways to further regulate food and beverage products. This may result in sin taxes, labeling, marketing, advertising and trade restrictions.

Current Priorities

  • Encourage the OECD to adopt a multi-stakeholder approach to health care solutions.
  • Promote disease prevention and healthy lifestyles.
  • Demonstrate that business is instrumental in finding innovative solutions for sustainable health care systems and in addressing the urgent health care challenges we face today, such as non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
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Chair

Vacant

Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Mia Lauter
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5082 or mlauter@uscib.org

USCIB at Work

Through our global network, we are able to showcase the private sector’s positive contributions to health care issues as well as provide industry expertise into the policymaking process:

  • At the OECD, where we are engaging with the OECD Health Committee to promote business as a solutions partner for today’s global health challenges.
  • At the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Committee on World Food Security, where we are working with UN officials and policymakers to address global poverty and food security.
  • At UN Headquarters, where we are laboring to ensure that the business community is seen as an essential partner to address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Recent Advocacy Engagement

USCIB is the lead voice for U.S. business within international forums determining health care policies and is:

  • Reinforcing the need for multistakeholder initiatives and the central role of science and evidence-based data in developing policy.
  • Making the case that fiscal policy is complex and sin taxes are not the best tax practice.
  • Advocating for a holistic approach to assessing the value of medicines.

Who We Are

The USCIB Health Care Working Group is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.

Mission

The Working Group aims to support multistakeholder approaches to global health policy by providing international organizations with expertise and policy advice on:

  • The broader economic and social consequences of national health care policies.
  • The long-term innovative potential of the health care sector and the broader health ecosystem.
  • The quality and costs of health care labor and technology.
  • The health care related impacts on the capacity of employers to compete and provide jobs and support for their employees.

News Stories

USCIB Meets with OECD Director to Discuss Health Work (10/30/2017) - USCIB’s Food and Agriculture and Healthcare Working Groups met last week with Stefano Scarpetta, director of Employment, Labor and Social Affairs for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Business at OECD Calls for Integrated Health Policies to Stimulate Growth and Productivity (10/27/2017) - Business at OECD Calls for Integrated Health Policies to Stimulate Growth and Productivity

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Food and Agriculture

Background

Significant shifts in trade, technological advances and changing consumer preferences have placed new demands on the agro-food chain.  Intergovernmental bodies will be challenged to uphold the values of free trade through the application of sound science, while ensuring consumer confidence in the global food supply.

Objective

Promote an open and efficient global food system by providing industry expertise to government officials working to eliminate existing barriers to agricultural trade and investment; foster coordination among organizations working to ensure a safe food supply, meaningful food security and enhanced environmental sustainability.

Current Priorities

  • Through the BIAC Committee on Food and Agriculture, provide industry input into the work of the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate.
  • Ensure the OECD’s project on the economics of the prevention of lifestyle related chronic diseases to reflect input from the US food and beverage companies.
  • Advocate for APEC to improve and implement the APEC Food System.
  • Provide business industry input for the UN’s Commission on Sustainable Development meetings.
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Chair

Vacant

Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Mia Lauter
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5082 or mlauter@uscib.org

Recent Accomplishments

  • Secured speaking roles for US business representatives at the OECD Symposium entitled “What Future for the Agriculture and Food Sector.”
  • Organized meetings with OECD Health Secretariat to provide input for the OECD’s project on the economics of the prevention of lifestyle related chronic diseases which resulted in having US food and beverage industries comments reflected in the most recent OECD report on “Summary of findings and policy implications concerning the prevention of chronic diseases linked to unhealthy diets and sedentary lifestyles.”
  • Met with US government officials to discuss US engagement in OECD and provided US food and agriculture industry perspective to various OECD projects.

Please use the links below to explore recent statements and reports, news stories on USCIB’s website, and media coverage related to our work.

News Stories

USCIB Meets with OECD Director to Discuss Health Work (10/30/2017) - USCIB’s Food and Agriculture and Healthcare Working Groups met last week with Stefano Scarpetta, director of Employment, Labor and Social Affairs for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Business at OECD Calls for Integrated Health Policies to Stimulate Growth and Productivity (10/27/2017) - Business at OECD Calls for Integrated Health Policies to Stimulate Growth and Productivity

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APEC Working Group

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Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Elizabeth Kim
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5095 or ekim@uscib.org

Who We Are

The USCIB APEC Working Group is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined by consensus among the members.

Mission

The USCIB APEC Working Group supports our members’ interests within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and welcomes the committed partnerships that APEC has established with the private sector to engage with participatory economies in addressing the complex economic issues that face the region.

Why This Matters

APEC is comprised of 21 member economies, which account for approximately 40 percent of the world’s population, over 50 percent of the world’s total GDP and half of the world’s trade.

It is the top economic forum in the region that actively encourages economic growth, regional cooperation and trade and investment.

USCIB At Work

The USCIB APEC Working Group convenes issue specific events and meetings with high-level government officials to discuss member priorities and APEC meetings and outcomes. The Working Group produces an annual report on member priorities in the lead up to each APEC host year, and facilitates business input into APEC through four main channels:

  • U.S. APEC Business Coalition
  • APEC Business Advisory Council (through the National Center for APEC — NCAPEC)
  • International Chamber of Commerce
  • U.S. Government

USCIB is a partner organization within the U.S.-APEC Business Coalition (coordinated by NCAPEC), which includes a number of trade associations with a direct interest in APEC and in supporting U.S. business priorities.

Current Priorities

Through these channels, USCIB advocates for policies which encourage APEC economies to maintain an open trade and investment environment and eliminate non-tariff barriers across borders.

The Working Group collaborates with other USCIB committees on areas of USCIB priority and expertise within APEC, including:

  • Chemicals;
  • Electronic Commerce;
  • Customs;
  • Marketing and Advertising; and
  • Global Value Chains.

Positions and Statements

USCIB 2016 APEC Priority Issues and Recommendations (2/23/2016) - USCIB's APEC priorities reflect our objectives of promoting open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility.
USCIB Gears Up for APEC Summit With Business Priorities (10/31/2014) - More: Boost for APEC Agenda on Marketing The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) is a forum comprised of 21 Pacific Rim member economies that promotes free trade and economic cooperation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In the lead-up to APEC’s November meetings in Beijing, which will close out China’s host year, USCIB welcomes the committed partnerships that APEC sustained […]

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News Stories

USCIB Gears Up for APEC CEO Summit in Vietnam (11/6/2017) - This week, USCIB’s Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation Mike Michener will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit in Da Nang, Viet Nam, as a business delegate and representative of the U.S. APEC Business Coalition.
USCIB Urges Administration to Maintain Leadership on Trade (1/23/2017) - Following President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, USCIB urged the administration to maintain economic and strategic leadership.

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Press Releases

USCIB Welcomes Michael Michener as Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation (2/21/2017) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Michael Michener, a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive, has joined USCIB’s staff as vice president of product policy and innovation.
USCIB Urges Administration to Maintain Leadership on Trade (1/23/2017) - Following President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, USCIB urged the administration to maintain economic and strategic leadership.

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Intellectual Property

Background

Intellectual property is one of the central public policy pillars for the rapidly changing knowledge-based 21st century economy. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) provide an increasingly critical legal and policy toolkit for spurring innovation, stimulating the investments needed to develop and market new innovations, creating jobs and disseminating technology and knowledge in socially beneficial ways.

Objective

Promote a robust and effective intellectual property framework worldwide. Provide a forum to encourage a US business consensus on key international policy objectives in intellectual property policy.

Current Priorities

  • International Organizations: Monitor and contribute to the work of international organizations engaged in IP issues to ensure a balanced approach to intellectual property issues that promote innovation.
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy: Support and advance the agenda of organizations that ensure intellectual property is respected and protected through anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy efforts.
  • Trade: Advocate for IP language in trade agreements that establishes a robust and effective intellectual property framework to promote innovation; encourage implementation of such provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Trade in Services Agreement.
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Chair

Vacant

Vice Chair

Sharon Reiche
Corporate Counsel, Global Patents & Policy, Legal Division
Pfizer, Inc.

Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Mia Lauter
Policy & Program Assistant
212-703-5082 or mlauter@uscib.org

  • Global Advocacy: Work to ensure that developing and developed countries support and maintain a robust and effective intellectual property environment and public policies that promote and encourage innovation. Protect from disclosure commercially sensitive and proprietary information and documents required by governments under law or regulation.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Issues: Monitor and evaluate issues of importance to USCIB members to determine whether further advocacy is required.

Please use the links below to explore recent statements and reports, news stories on USCIB’s website, and media coverage related to our work.

News Stories

USCIB Urges President Trump: Secure Growth Through Engagement (1/8/2018) - As the annual State of the Union address approaches, USCIB is urging President Trump to use the occasion to commit his administration to pursuing strong U.S. economic growth and improved competitiveness by engaging with our trading partners and key international institutions. In a letter to the president, USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson wrote: “It […]
USCIB Ramps Up Work on Intellectual Property and Innovation (10/25/2017) - USCIB has redoubled its efforts to promote American competitiveness with the launch of its Intellectual Property and Innovation Committee.

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Press Releases

USCIB Ramps Up Work on Intellectual Property and Innovation (10/25/2017) - USCIB has redoubled its efforts to promote American competitiveness with the launch of its Intellectual Property and Innovation Committee.
USCIB Welcomes Michael Michener as Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation (2/21/2017) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Michael Michener, a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive, has joined USCIB’s staff as vice president of product policy and innovation.

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Arbitration

Background

USCIB is the U.S. National Committee to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which has long been the world’s leading organization in the field of international commercial dispute resolution. Through its affiliation with ICC, USCIB’s Arbitration Committee serves as the primary contact point in North America for information about the ICC International Court of Arbitration® (the ICC Court) and ICC’s wide range of dispute resolution services.

Objective

Serve as a contact point for the ICC Court in North America.

Current Priorities

  • Nominate Americans to serve as members of the Court and as ICC arbitrators.
  • Act as a referral source for parties seeking arbitrators, mediators, experts, or counsel in ICC arbitration proceedings.
  • Participate in and nominate USCIB members to serve on the ICC Arbitration Commission and ICC Arbitration Task Forces, such as the Task Force on Drafting Arbitral Awards, Task Force on Arbitrating Competition Law Issues, Task Force on IT in Arbitration, Task Force on Guidelines for ICC Expertise Proceedings, Task Force on Criminal Law and Arbitration, Task Force on Reducing Time and Costs in Complex Arbitration, Task Force on European Contract Law, and Task Force on “Amiable Composition and ex aequo et bono”.

 

Chair

Grant Hanessian
Partner
Baker McKenzie

Staff

Crys Won
Executive Assistant, Office of the President
212-703-5049 or cwon@uscib.org.

Subcommittees

Florida
Midwest
Northeast
Northwest
Rocky Mountain
Southeast
Southern
Southwest
Washington D.C.
Academics
Corporate Counsel
Expatriate
Transactional Lawyers
Young Arbitrators Forum

  • Conduct regional briefings on the ICC arbitration system, and sponsor conferences for practitioners on current issues in international arbitration and ADR.
  • Co-sponsor international dispute resolution seminars with international dispute resolution institutions, bar associations, corporate counsel organizations, and potential users of arbitration and other forms of ADR.
  • Collaborate with the Canadian and Mexican National Committees of the ICC and with various Latin American National Committees to promote ICC arbitration and dispute resolution in the Americas.
  • Participate in the trilateral NAFTA 2022 Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes to promote ADR for private commercial disputes in the NAFTA region.
  • Work with the U.S. Department of Commerce to distribute information on the ICC Court to commercial offices in U.S. embassies and consulates.
  • Meet with officials from countries around the world to discuss the ICC’s arbitration system and other dispute resolution services.
  • Identify opportunities for ICC arbitration and/or ADR to be designated as a means of dispute resolution for domain name and other e-commerce disputes and in multilateral and regional instruments, such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and BITs.
  • Co-host with ICC Annual Miami Conference on Dispute Resolution in Latin America.
  • Co-host with ICC U.S. based conferences on ICC dispute resolution services.

Please use the links below to explore recent statements and reports, news stories on USCIB’s website, and media coverage related to our work.

News Stories

USCIB Welcomes New General Counsel for Arbitration (10/6/2017) - Nancy M. Thevenin joined on October 2nd as a part-time consultant with the title of General Counsel. Thevenin's portfolio will include supporting the USCIB Arbitration Committee and coordinating the work of the U.S. Nominations Committee.
ICC Court Opens Case Management Office in Singapore (6/30/2017) - The Singapore Ministry of Law (MinLaw) and the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) announced last week that the ICC Court will set up a case management office in Singapore—aimed at boosting arbitration and serving the dispute resolution needs of businesses around the world.

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Press Releases

Thevenin Joins USCIB as General Counsel (10/11/2017) - Nancy M. Thevenin has joined the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s leading global companies, as general counsel.
Arbitration and ADR Rules ICC Unveils New Rules of Arbitration (9/14/2011) - New York, N.Y., September 14, 2011 – The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has launched a much-anticipated revised version of its Rules of arbitration, with the aim of better serving the existing and future needs of businesses and governments engaged in international commerce and investment, according to the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), ICC’s American national committee.

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Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs

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Chair

Laura Chapman Rubbo
Director, Responsible Governance and Supply Chain
The Walt Disney Company

Vice Chair

Tam Robert Nguyen
Global Head of Sustainability
Bechtel Corporation

Vice Chair

David N. Barnes
Vice President, Global Workforce Policy
IBM Corporation

Staff

Gabriella Rigg Herzog
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs
212-703-5056 or at gherzog@uscib.org

Elizabeth Kim
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5095 or at ekim@uscib.org

What’s at Stake for Business

As supply chains diversified globally, national regulatory frameworks in sourcing countries have not kept pace with the growth of their productive sectors. This has led companies to develop robust private social compliance regimes to fill existing governance gaps to ensure for respect of labor and human rights norms in their supply chains.

Complex supply chains also pose a risk of forced labor and human trafficking. Policy frameworks must help companies mitigate risk while also spurring governments to better enforce their labor laws. Unlike in the U.S., labor laws in most other countries are largely based on international labor standards. These labor laws have a direct impact on the labor and employment policies within companies.

As governments, markets and other stakeholders drive a constant stream of standard-setting on corporate conduct, the USCIB Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs Committee helps members manage risks by keeping them informed of emerging regulatory and civil society expectations and by channeling member feedback into standard-setting processes at international organizations.

With the advent of the consensus around the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which we helped shape and which we endorse, we work to ensure that regulatory approaches remain consistent with the established consensus on the balance between the State duty to protect and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.

 

Who We Are

USCIB advances the global interests of American business with policy makers worldwide. Its members include top U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world.

The Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs Committee is a leading business voice in global policy arenas and works with the U.S. Administration on all areas of responsible business conduct. Leveraging USCIB’s exclusive access to a global business network consisting of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), the Committee works by consensus to promote the contributions of business to human welfare and to drive pragmatic approaches to responsible business conduct.

The Committee is composed of corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability, government affairs, human resources and labor relations professionals from USCIB member companies representing all major business sectors (ICT, consumer goods, retail, manufacturing, extractives, utilities, entertainment/media and others).

Mission

As markets and institutions continue to drive responsible business policies, standards, and external guidelines, the mission of the Committee is to help its membership manage potential regulatory risks and promote American business leadership in global policy debates, including by:

  • Leveraging its international networks to assess the impacts and implications of global issues and policies and provide early insights on human rights, labor standards, employment policies, global sustainability and corporate governance.
  • Engaging directly with the U.S. Administration and international organizations, including the United Nations, International Labor Organization (ILO), and Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD), among others, to promote its members’ consensus views on the development and implementation of responsible business policies and regulations, international labor standards, civil society initiatives, as well as macro-economic labor market policies.
  • Increasing awareness of the sustainability contributions made by U.S. businesses through research and engagement with stakeholders in public fora.

Advocacy Priorities in the U.S. & Globally

Human Rights & Labor Standards 

  • Engage the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Human Rights Council on the effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights and to ensure that all government implementation efforts (including National Action Plans and proposed treaty instruments) uphold the “protect-respect-remedy” framework; ensure new regulatory efforts   do not confuse or undermine the consensus around the UNGPs and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
  • Engage with OECD Member States, civil society and trade unions on all aspects of implementing the OECD’s responsible business conduct agenda pursuant to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, including the development of new practical guidance in the extractive, agricultural, garment/textile and financial sectors and regarding conflict minerals.
  • Serve as the official U.S. Employer representative to the International Labor Organization (ILO) where we engage with official representation from governments and labor unions to ensure that U.S. business views are reflected in the development of international labor standards at both the ILO’s Governing Body and its annual International Labor Conference.
  • Engage with diverse stakeholders to encourage harmonization and pragmatism in corporate human rights and sustainability reporting initiatives, including rankings and ratings.

Global Labor Affairs 

  • Represent U.S. business views at the OECD’s Education, Labor and Social Affairs Committee, G20 and ILO and in other multilateral organizations on the development and implementation of labor market policies that advance employment, skills development, flexible and inclusive labor markets and women’s economic empowerment, and pragmatically address pressing global issues, including labor migration, the impact of technological innovation, youth employment and disability.
  • USCIB has played a key role in creating the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) to address youth unemployment and skills mismatches all over the world, as well as the Business Mechanism at the Global Forum on Migration and Development and the fair recruitment initiative at the International Organization of Migration – the IRIS program.
  • Work with the U.S. Administration and international organizations to support institutions in developing countries to modernize regulatory systems related to labor standards and human rights protections.
  • Advocate for policies that optimize and do not unfairly penalize companies’ efforts to mitigate the unforeseen risks related to forced labor, child labor and human trafficking, including by leveraging U.S. government funding and bilateral and multilateral aid and diplomatic efforts to ensure that other countries share the regulatory burden along with private compliance efforts.
  • Promote the inclusion of effective and non-protectionist labor provisions based on the effective enforcement of national labor laws and the ILO’s core labor principles.
  • Coordinate U.S. business financial support for the ILO-IFC Better Work Program and provide U.S. buyers’ views to the program’s Advisory Committee.
  • Provided leadership in the drafting of the ILO Protocol to the Forced Labor Convention (2014), the Recommendation on the Transition from Informal to Formal Economies (2014) and in the 2016 International Labor Conference discussion on “decent work in global supply chains” that will set the ILO’s future work in this area.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development & Sustainable Development Goals 

  • Advocate for the inclusion of the business community in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global, national and local levels and promote USCIB members’ contributions to the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through advocacy platforms, such as Business for 2030, and leveraging exposure through leading conferences and events around UN policy meetings.
  • Provide input into the development of official SDG indicators for tracking progress and maintain a strong business voice in the ongoing elaboration of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, the Technology Facilitation Mechanism and follow-up to the Financing for Development

Washington, D.C.

USCIB convenes regularly with U.S. government officials to ensure that the U.S. business position is reflected in U.S. policy engagement in multilateral institutions. It does this through coordinating with the Department of Labor, Department of State, US Trade Representative, Department of Commerce, USAID and other executive agencies, including Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration, Customs and Enforcement. In addition, USCIB is either an official stakeholder and/or its policy staff has played a key role in representing US business views in the following initiatives and advisory committees related to its policy agenda:

  • the President’s Committee on the ILO and the Tripartite Advisory Panel on International Labor Standards (TAPILS), which ensures that all ILO conventions being considered for U.S. ratification conform to U.S. law and practice.
  • the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions in U.S. Free Trade Agreements, which provides business views on trade agreement negotiations related to labor issues.
  • the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) to the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines (the Economic Bureau of the State Department), providing the business perspective on the NCP’s promotion of the Guidelines and review of its procedures for handling “specific instance” complaints against companies.
  • the State Department and National Security Council-led U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.
  • the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public-Private Partnerships, including its SDG subcommittee.
  • the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC), which provides recommendations to CBP as it seeks to implement the 2015 Customs and Trade Facilitation Act and its elimination of the “consumptive demand” exception to the ban on importing goods made in whole or in part with forced labor or indentured child labor in the 1930 US Tariff Act.
  • the Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labour Rights and Practices in Myanmar, a multi-stakeholder effort led by the United State Trade Representative to upgrade social protection in Myanmar.

Upcoming Events

News Stories

USCIB in the News Media: Fighting for American Business (1/16/2018) - Throughout 2017 USCIB leaders and staff garnered important coverage from the news media on issues of importance to USCIB members.
Rigg Herzog Speaks at UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (12/5/2017) - Last week, USCIB Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Gabriella Rigg Herzog participated in the 6th Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Press Releases

USCIB Statement on US Withdrawal From Global Compact on Migration (12/4/2017) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s most successful global companies, issued the following statement on U.S. withdrawal from negotiations surrounding the UN Global Compact on Migration
Business Makes It Happen: UNGA Week Events Spotlight the Private Sector’s Role in Sustainable Development (9/14/2017) - As United Nations members gather in New York to review progress on the UN’s ambitious 2030 Development Agenda, American business is underscoring how much it is doing – and could be doing, provided the proper incentives – in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Banking

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Chair

Michael Quinn
Managing Director
JP Morgan Global Trade Services

Staff

Eva Hampl
Director, Investment, Trade, and Financial Services
202-682-0051 or ehampl@uscib.org

Christopher Olsen
Policy & Program Associate, Washington
202-617-3156  or colsen@uscib.org

What’s at Stake for Business

  • Business will benefit from increased efficiency and accuracy when guidelines reflect evolving practices and
    technologies.
  • Standardizing trade finance procedures will ensure that parties to transactions are operating under the same assumptions and will increase the likelihood of payment.
  • ICC rules and guidelines on documentary credits, UCP 600, are the most successful privately drafted rules for trade ever developed and serve as the basis of $2 trillion worth of trade transactions a year.

Current Priorities

  • Increase the efficiency and decrease the cost of international trade transactions.
  • Ensure greater clarity and understanding of current practices by promoting the adoption and integration of the ICC’s Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG), as well as the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP 600).
  • Develop a global set of forfaiting rules for both the primary and secondary markets.

USCIB At Work

USCIB works hand in hand with the ICC Banking Commission, the most authoritative voice in the field of trade finance, and works to overhaul the rules in a number of different fields such as international standard banking practice and forfaiting.  The ICC Banking Commission also covers work in the following areas:

  • Traditional Trade Services
  • Open Account and Supply Chain Financing
  • Global Regulation
  • Legal and Compliance Issues
  • Risk and Asset Management

Recent Advocacy Engagement

USCIB works through the ICC Banking Commission to produce universally accepted rules and guidelines for international banking practice and helps policymakers and standard-setters put programs and regulations in place that enhance business practices around the world. USCIB also:

  • Facilitates the rapid settlement of disputes arising in banking by working through the ICC Banking Commission to administer the ICC Rules for Documentary Instruments Dispute Resolution Expertise (DOCDEX).
  • Responds to member inquiries regarding suspected cases of attempted financial fraud using falsified or illegitimate financial instruments or banking practices.
  • Ensured that U.S. opinions were reflected in the ICC Banking Commission’s global surveys on trade finance and that the U.S. opinions on Capital and Liquidity guidelines are reflected in the ICC Banking Commission’s white papers and other advocacy initiatives.

Who We Are

The USCIB Banking Committee is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Advocacy priorities are determined that reflect consensus among the members.

Mission

The Committee promotes the standardization of international banking and commercial practices and procedures.  Members of the USCIB Banking Committee are eligible to participate in the ICC Banking Commission, the preeminent global forum and rule-making body for the international trade finance community.

Positions and Statements

USCIB Gives Feedback on OECD New Approach to Economic Challenges Project (1/22/2015) - Authors of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “New Approach to Economic Challenges” report met with USCIB and member representatives to listen to the U.S. business community’s thoughts and concerns about this wide-ranging OECD project aimed at updating the organization’s instruments and policy analyses.
Global Trade Set to Benefit From ICC Trade Register Report (6/19/2014) - It has long been anecdotally known that trade finance is a low risk for lenders. That claim now has a wealth of data to back it up. Today the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) released its 2014 Trade Register Report, providing overwhelming evidence that trade and export finance – in all its forms – is […]

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News Stories

USCIB Weighs in With Administration on Trade Deficits (5/15/2017) - A USCIB statement addresses the issue of bilateral trade deficits, viewed by many as a marker of the health of U.S. commercial relations with a given country.
New Compliance Guide for Trade Transactions Published (1/30/2017) - The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission, along with partners, the Wolfsberg Group and the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) recently announced the publication of a revised guidance document on Trade Finance Principles.

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Press Releases

Trade Services Uniform Rules for BPO Book Release (6/13/2013) - New York, N.Y., June 13, 2013 – Uniform Rules for Bank Payment Obligations (BPOs), a 21st-century standard in supply-chain finance that will facilitate international trade, is now available at the USCIB International Bookstore. These new rules are set to revolutionize trade finance transactions. BPO is an irrevocable commitment made by one bank to another that […]
New Report Proves Trade Finance Is Low-Risk, Asks Regulators and G20 to Unlock Trade (10/26/2011) - Beijing and New York, N.Y., October 26, 2011 –The rules set by bank regulators impose unwarranted capital requirements that choke trade and have adverse impacts on growth. A new report issued today by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) shows that trade finance is a relatively low-risk asset class that should not be feared by banks, nor over regulated by governments, according to ICC’s American national committee, the United States Council for International Business (USCIB).

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Op-Eds and Speeches

SMEs Face Significant Financing Gap (7/22/2013) - Speaking at the World Trade Organization’s annual “aid-for-trade” review earlier this month, a representative of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) made a plea for added financing for cross-border trade. ICC Senior Policy Manager Thierry Senechal said that trade finance intermediation is crucial today as it provides real-time risk mitigation, while improving liquidity and cash flow […]
The Future of Trade Finance: Outlook 2011 (5/23/2011) - As 2009 ended, we viewed the global economy – and its lifeblood, trade – through the prism of cautious optimism. The limited trade finance available from strong providers had been supplemented by central banks and international finance organizations. To keep the wheels of commerce turning, central banks had also injected liquidity into local economies and assisted in deleveraging bloated balance sheets. In markets where local action was weak or nonexistent, massive trade finance initiatives by various regional and global development banks had delivered much-needed liquidity. For all these reasons, we saw 2010 as the year in which the global economy would  receive a strong push along its road to recovery.

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