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.
As governments, markets and other stakeholders drive a constant stream of standard-setting on corporate conduct, the USCIB Corporate Responsibility 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
Laura Chapman Rubbo
Director, International Labor Standards
The Walt Disney Company
Tam Robert Nguyen
Global Head of Sustainability
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5095 or a email@example.com
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 industry, with operations in every region of the world.
The Corporate Responsibility Committee is a leading business voice in global policy arenas and with the U.S. Administration on most 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).
As governments, markets and other stakeholders drive further standard-setting on corporate conduct, the Committee helps its members manage potential regulatory issues and promote American business leadership in responsible business conduct by:
- Leveraging its international networks to assess the implications of emergent global issues and policies, providing early insights to members on regulatory and soft law developments related to human rights, sustainability, sustainable development and corporate governance.
- Providing a direct interface with the U.S. Administration and international organizations, including the United Nations and OECD, to promote U.S. business views on the development and implementation of responsible business policies, standards and guidelines; USCIB sits at the table with policymakers and other stakeholders when new norms are drafted in multilateral organizations.
- Shaping the debate about corporate responsibility by increasing awareness of the sustainability contributions made by U.S. businesses through research and engagement with diverse stakeholders in public fora.
Advocacy Priorities in the U.S. & Globally
Business & Human Rights and Sustainable Development at the UN & OECD
- 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.
- Work through the ICC to help shape how business engages at the UN on the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, including the implementation and monitoring of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development; provide input into the development of official indicators for tracking progress and maintain a strong business voice in the Technology Facilitation Mechanism and the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee.
- Engage with OECD Member States, civil society and trade unions on all aspects of implementing the responsible business conduct agenda of the OECD Guidelines on Multinational Enterprises, including the development of new practical guidance in the extractive, agricultural, garment/textile and financial sectors and regarding conflict minerals.
- Engage with diverse stakeholders to encourage harmonization and pragmatism in corporate human rights and sustainability reporting initiatives, including rankings, ratings and other indices.
USCIB convenes regularly with U.S. government officials to ensure that the U.S. business position is reflected in U.S. policy and executive branch initiatives, such as:
- the State Department and National Security Council-led U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct, in which we encourage and support corporate respect for human rights in line with the “protect, respect, remedy” framework.
- the Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) to the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines, 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 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.
- emergent Executive branch and Congressional initiatives focused on eliminating forced labor, human trafficking and the worst forms of child labor in global supply chains.
- Engaging Business Forum – The Three Pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights – Atlanta, September 22-23, 2016
- Joint USCIB Corporate Responsibility and Labor & Employment Policy Meetings, Washington, DC, October 19 and 20