G20 Labor Ministers Meeting

The G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Meeting brings together labor and employment ministers from countries representing approximately 85 percent of the world’s global economy to advise G20 Leaders on the most pressing labor challenges facing workers. The Ministerial also provides G20 Labor and Employment Ministers with a chance to review global labor market challenges, discuss ways to maintain and create jobs, and exchange information on successful policies and programs.

Under the direction of G20 Labor and Employment Ministers, the G20 Employment Working Group (EWG) meets several times prior to the Ministerial meeting to discuss current labor issues and challenges and to negotiate the G20 Labor and Employment Ministers’ Declaration. To ensure transparency and accountability, each G20 country produces its own Employment Plan and Self-Reporting Template. This reporting mechanism allows governments to delineate their own countries’ labor and employment challenges and to describe the policies and programs in place to address those challenges. G20 countries must also report annually on progress towards meeting individual and collective G20 commitments.

Employment Summit and B20/L20/G20 Joint B20 L20 Business at OECD TUAC Deloitte dinner with G20 Ministers

The second Global Employers Summit will take place on 17 May in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany. It will bring together high-level representatives of global companies, international organizations, employers’ organizations and institutions. Its aim is to explore key areas of interest for business in the G20 process. Themes discussed will include amongst others the economic implications of Brexit, the U.S. election result, global supply chains and how to make them more sustainable, and how to bring more women and youth into employment.

The Global Employers Summit is organized in cooperation of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the Confederation of German Employers (BDA) and Deloitte. It is titled “Making the G20 a success” and is organized back-to-back with the G20 Labour-Ministerial, which is scheduled for 18 and 19 May.

USCIB Welcomes New Vice President for Labor Affairs and Corporate Responsibility

Gabriella Rigg Herzog
Gabriella Rigg Herzog

USCIB welcomed Gabriella Rigg Herzog as its new Vice President for Labor Affairs and Corporate Responsibility yesterday, April 17. Herzog will be based in USCIB’s New York office.

Most recently, Herzog served as Senior Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Hess Corporation and actively participated in the USCIB Corporate Responsibility Committee.  She worked with her predecessors Adam Greene and Ariel Meyerstein and knows many of the company representatives on the committee including the Chair, Laura Rubbo.  At Hess she handled CSR and human rights issues and was active in a wide-range of internal and outside activities that led to Hess being recognized as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens.

Prior to her work with Hess, Herzog was a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, where she led the Bureau’s global CSR policy and program practice.  She also worked at the U.S. Department of Labor developing and implementing labor cooperation programs to help labor ministries improve enforcement capacity.

“We are excited to have Gabriella join the USCIB team and fortunate to be able to bring in someone who has worked with us in her previous roles,” said Rob Mulligan, Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs. “She brings a strong background in CSR and Labor issues to the role at USCIB with the added advantage of already being very familiar with the work of the committees she will manage.”

OECD ELSA Committee Meeting

BIAC will be invited to selected sessions together with TUAC (sessions to be confirmed – Stefano Scarpetta indicated that topics will likely be Future of Work and Migration).

BIAC members will also be invited to the ELSA cocktail with OECD ELSA delegations on the evening of April 10.

OECD ELSA Working Party on Employment

March 30: BIAC TUAC Consultation with the OECD ELSA Working Party on Employment to provide comments on the draft Chapters of the 2017 OECD Employment Outlook (EO)

March 30: BIAC ELSA Committee dinner with Stefano Scarpetta, Director OECD DELSA, and Bernard Weber, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Employment

March 31: Meeting of the BIAC ELSA Committee – Relevant topics for the agenda: New OECD Jobs Strategy, OECD Future of Work Project, Digital Transformation and Impact on Employment (OECD Going Digital Project) , OECD Project on Collective Bargaining, Gender Equality, Migration, G20 B20 Employment Process.

ILO Endorses Revised MNE Declaration

United FlagsThe International Labor Organization (ILO) held the 329th Session of its Governing Body (GB) from March 9-23 in Geneva. The session’s landmark outcome was an endorsement of the revised Tripartite Declaration of Principles concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy (MNE Declaration), which offers guidelines to multinational enterprises, governments, and employers’ and workers’ organizations in such areas as employment, training, conditions of work and life and industrial relations. This guidance is founded substantially on principles contained in international labor conventions and recommendations.

While the original MNE Declaration was adopted forty years ago, the revised version responds to new economic realities across international trade and supply chains, addressing decent work issues, forced labor and guidance on “due diligence” processes, which are consistent with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

USCIB and its members Coca-Cola, Disney, IBM and Littler Mendelson, among others, worked closely with the International Organization of Employers (IOE) to provide comments to the Tripartite Working Group.

Ed PotterUSCIB international labor counsel and member of the GB, was nominated by USCIB to serve as the U.S. employer representative to the ILO and represent U.S. business in the Working Group. Potter noted, “This is the most extensive update of the MNE Declaration since it was first negotiated in 1977. It is a forward looking tripartite agreement that applies in all countries wherever large or small MNE’s operate or have business relationships.”

“We are grateful to Ed for his tireless work on behalf of business,” said USCIB’s President and CEO Peter Robinson. “Multiple employers expressed their appreciation to me for Ed’s continuous leadership on these issues during the GB last week.”

The revised MNE Declaration can be found here.

Business Finalizes Recommendations to G20 Sherpas

USCIB President Peter Robinson and IOE President Daniel Funes de Rioja (2ns and 3rd from right, respectively) at the B20 session in Paris
USCIB President Peter Robinson and IOE President Daniel Funes (2nd and 3rd from right, respectively) at the B20 session in Paris

USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson took part in today’s Special B20 Germany-OECD-BIAC meeting at the OECD in Paris, designed to provide coordinated private-sector input to the G20 leaders, in advance of a key G20 sherpas meeting this week in Germany. The main G20 leaders summit is scheduled for July 7-8 in Hamburg, Germany.

“Today’s meetings were important because we finalized key recommendations to the G20 sherpas on trade and investment policy, job-creation and the digitalization of the economy, among other topics,” said Robinson, who serves as co-chair of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force. “We hope the G20 governments will take these recommendations to heart.”

B20 President Jürgen Heraeus stated: “If we want to ensure future-oriented, sustainable economic growth, business has an important role to play. We are ready to do so. This cooperation offers the outstanding opportunity to shape global economic governance. Our global economy is changing rapidly. We are facing a multitude of risks: climate change, political conflicts, terrorism to name just a few. The G20 can serve as an agenda-setter.”

The B20 meeting was co-hosted by Business at OECD (BIAC), and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria addressed the gathering. “Business at OECD provides continuity and expertise across G20 and B20 presidencies,” said Business at OECD Chairman Phil O’Reilly. “We support the OECD in its vital mission to improve domestic and global economic governance. At a time when trade and investment across borders are subject of much ill-informed debate, OECD evidence on the substantial benefits of open and competitive markets is more important than ever.”

Daniel Funes de Rioja, chairman of the International Organization of Employers, also took part in today’s meetings. Meanwhile, USCIB Senior Vice President Rob Mulligan participated in meetings in London around the conclusion of the G20 finance ministers meeting, which was notable in part for the ministers’ decision not to re-emphasize their shard commitment to resisting trade protectionism.

Following the conclusion finance ministers meeting, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General John Danilovich issued a statement calling on the G20 governments to commit to shared values of openness and cooperation.

“We continue to face the challenge of global growth being too low and benefiting too few,” said Danilovich. “This is the defining economic test of our times, and we urge all G20 economies to take concerted and urgent action to enable inclusive growth. A retreat into protectionism would be the wrong response to this challenge.”

Danilovich continued: “Trade and globalization are complex processes, but at their heart are some simple truths. Trade means more choice for consumers. It means lower prices, so the money in your pocket goes further. Companies that trade are more competitive, and create more and better-paid jobs. That’s why trade matters if we’re to deliver the increases in prosperity, and reductions in inequality, that G20 finance ministers rightly committed to realize this weekend.”

“The global business community is naturally concerned by any weakening of the G20’s decade-long stance on resisting protectionism. We remain encouraged that discussions on this issue will continue in the coming months at official level. ICC will do all it can to urge G20 leaders to take the strongest possible stance on maintaining open markets at their annual summit in Hamburg in July. Protectionism is no path to progress.”