Corporate Responsibility

What’s at Stake for Business

• Governments, investors, civil society and consumers are increasingly relying to companies to fill the governance gap created by weak national frameworks in many sourcing countries.
• Supply chains have diversified globally and regulatory approaches need to remain consistent with the established consensus on the balance between the State duty to protect and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.
• Approaches that upset this balance are not sustainable and put unmanageable and unachievable expectations on business.

Who We Are

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Chair

Laura Chapman Rubbo
Director, International Labor Standards
The Walt Disney Company

Vice Chair

Tam Robert Nguyen
Global Head of Sustainability
Bechtel Corporation

Staff

Ariel Meyerstein
Vice President, Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Governance
212-703-5056 or ameyerstein@uscib.org

Rachel L. Spence
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5095 or a rspence@uscib.org

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).

Mission

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.
  • 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.

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 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.

Upcoming Events

  • USCIB Corporate Responsibility and Labor & Employment Policy Meetings, May 3 and 4

News Stories

Portrait of happy young businesswoman Improving Opportunities for Women in the United States (6/20/2016) - USCIB attended an event hosted by the OECD Washington Center titled "Improving Opportunities for Women in the United States"
Dirty hands of poornes Ending Child Labor is Everyone’s Business (6/15/2016) - Over 168 million children are still trapped in child labor around the world. USCIB participated in a UNICEF event about the ending child labor in supply chains

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Press Releases

Business for 2030 USCIB Proud to Sponsor Global Partnerships Week 2016 (2/29/2016) - USCIB is pleased to sponsor Global Partnerships Week, a series on public-private partnerships organized by the U.S. Department of State, USAID and Concordia
Business for 2030 New Platform Showcases Business Support for UN’s 2030 Development Agenda (9/15/2015) - USCIB launched Business for 2030, aimed at stimulating more productive partnerships between the public and private sectors in support of the SDGs.

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Staff Contact:   Ariel Meyerstein

VP, Labor Affairs, Corporate Responsibility and Governance
Tel: 212.703.5056

Ariel Meyerstein is responsible for USCIB policy and programs on corporate responsibility, international labor standards and corporate governance. He manages USCIB engagement with its affiliated organizations, U.S. government agencies, and United Nations agencies on international corporate responsibility principles, codes of conduct and multi-stakeholder initiatives, as well as international and transnational regulatory activities on labor and employment policies, sustainable development and corporate governance.
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