Employment Opportunities

Posting Date: February 14, 2017
Position: Director / Vice President, Labor Affairs and Corporate Responsibility – New York, New York Office
Organization: United States Council for International Business
Reports to: Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs

Description:

Lead USCIB policy and program activities on labor and employment policy, corporate responsibility, business and human rights, and corporate governance. USCIB is a leading international business association that represents global companies in international organizations and other relevant forums. USCIB is the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD, and the International Organization of Employers (IOE), which represents employers in the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Responsibilities:

General

This position is responsible for leading USCIB international advocacy activities on labor and employment policy, corporate responsibility, and corporate governance. You will manage a broad range of issues at the intersection of global commerce and policymaking, including business and human rights (e.g., human trafficking, forced and child labor, and conflict minerals), global industrial relations and labor standard negotiation, labor standards in trade agreements, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, emerging civil society and investor-led corporate reporting frameworks and multi-stakeholder initiatives, among other issues.

You will advise senior executives from member companies in a variety of sectors of recent policy developments and emerging practices and work with them and other USCIB policy staff to develop, communicate and advocate for business positions in response. You will work with global partner organizations – IOE, BIAC and ICC – and other industry groups to advance policy objectives by engaging with a broad range of external stakeholder groups and global multi-stakeholder processes. You will advocate our policy positions with the key contacts in U.S. Government and in inter-governmental organizations. And you will work with the USCIB policy team on cross-cutting issues, particularly the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Specific tasks across policy areas

  • Schedule and plan semi-annual meetings, quarterly conference calls and other webinars for USCIB Corporate Responsibility and Labor Policy Committee; in consultation with Committee leadership, develop meeting agendas and materials; arrange expert speakers and present material as needed.
  • Develop Committee policy briefs and position papers, advocacy letters and other materials based on member company input.
  • Synthesize Committee feedback on intergovernmental and domestic draft norms, regulations and standards, as well as IOE, BIAC and ICC policy papers; participate in regular conference calls to provide input into multi-stakeholder deliberations.
  • Participate in the ICC, IOE and BIAC corporate responsibility committees and work with them to represent USCIB and its members in international initiatives; monitor regulatory developments in the EU, China, India and other key regions.
  • Monitor sector-specific supply chain initiatives and support member companies on these efforts.
  • Develop and support future USCIB research projects on supply chains.

Labor Affairs

  • Coordinate USCIB engagement in the ILO, including the U.S. employer delegation to the annual ILO Conference in June and various ILO expert / sector meetings throughout the year; work closely with the U.S. employer member of the ILO Governing Body to gather feedback from member companies and prepare for ILO Governing Body meetings.
  • Support USCIB President membership on IOE Management Board.
  • Engage with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and other U.S. government agencies on all ILO policy and programmatic activities; represent U.S. employers in domestic meetings involving government, unions and other stakeholders, including on the DOL Advisory Committee on Labor Provisions in Free Trade Agreements.
  • Work with the IOE and the BIAC on labor and employment policy issues at the ILO and the OECD (Employment, Labor, and Social Affairs Committee), and engage with IOE activities on industrial relations, Occupation Health & Safety, migration and other labor issues;
  • Represent USCIB in the ILO/IFC Better Work Program’s Advisory Committee and manage USCIB’s foundation support for Better Work.
  • Monitor other international forums, including the G20 and the Global Forum on Migration & Development.

Corporate Responsibility and Business and Human Rights

  • Engage in the development and implementation of international codes and principles on corporate responsibility, business and human rights, CSR/sustainability reporting and related initiatives.
  • Coordinate USCIB work on business and human rights, engage along with other business organizations with the UN Working Group on business and human rights, represent USCIB and its members in the annual UN Forum, and engage with the U.S. State Department on U.S. policies.
  • Advise members on emerging and critical issues, including work of OECD Multi-stakeholder Group on implementation of OECD Guidance on Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.
  • Engage in the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises; work with the U.S. National Contact Point (NCP) and represent USCIB on the U.S. Stakeholder Advisory Board to the U.S. NCP.

Cross-Cutting Issues

  • Support USCIB’s SDG Working Group in coordinating USCIB policy activities related to SDGs.
  • Engage with U.S. government representatives on business contributions to SDGs and development of U.S. implementation plans on 2030 Agenda, including supporting engagement with Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnership’s Advisory Committee on Public-Private Partnerships.
  • Work with Customs Committee in engaging Department of Homeland Security including Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement implementation of ban of entry of goods made with forced labor and child labor.
  • Provide USCIB input into Global Business Alliance for 2030 and Business Steering Committee for Financing for Development; monitor developments at OECD’s Development Assistance Committee and Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

Corporate Governance

  • Manage USCIB policy and program activities on corporate governance.
  • Work with BIAC on implementation activities related to the OECD Principles on Corporate Governance.

Marketing/Communications/Membership Development

  • Effectively engage committee members by staying abreast of their particular corporate situations and concerns.
  • Retention:  Work with members and the USCIB Membership Department on an ongoing basis to minimize corporate resignations by engaging members in committee work and working to demonstrate the value to specific companies of continued USCIB membership.
  • Recruitment:  In cooperation with Membership Department, generate interest in USCIB by identifying prospective member companies and demonstrating and communicating to them the value of USCIB policy work.
  • Help to prepare marketing/communication materials, including press releases, as appropriate.

Required Skills / Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in international labor standards, corporate responsibility and/or business and human rights.
  • Experience with international organizations and multi-stakeholder engagement.
  • Strong understanding of ILO, UN, OECD norms and other relevant international conventions, soft law norms, including the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, and guidelines related to CSR and labor.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop policy positions and build consensus.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and activities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and effective negotiation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to strongly express business positions in public fora and multi-stakeholder interactions.
  • Good understanding of, and relationships with, influencers in corporate responsibility and international labor standards.
  • Advanced degree in a related field; preference for candidates with demonstrated coursework in international law, labor law, sustainable development and sustainable business practices.
  • 20% travel, both domestic and international.

To Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter with salary history to Ms. Jessica Berti (resume@uscib.org) by March 3, 2017. More information about USCIB is available at www.uscib.org.