Robinson Speaks at ILO Conference, ICC-UK

USCIB’s Peter Robinson (far left) speaks at the annual meeting of ICC United Kingdom, chaired by ICC-UK Chairman Sir Michael Rake (center).

USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson took part in high-level panel discussions at the recent International Labor Conference, the ILO’s annual high-level gathering, as well as the annual general meeting of ICC-UK, the International Chamber of Commerce‘s chapter in the United Kingdom. At both events, he discussed new challenges of multilateralism in an era when some observers have called the multilateral model’s viability into question.

At the ILO, Robinson took part in a discussion of multilateral institutions and the future of work, alongside ILO Director General Guy Ryder, WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo, OECD Chief of Staff Gabriela Ramos and Sharan Burrow, secretary general of the International Trade Union Confederation, among others. He said that, from the perspective of employers, it is clear that businesses do well in stable and prosperous societies where inequality is not as rampant.

“The real question is whether governments, who are the ones to tackle inequality, are able to create the right kind of legal and regulatory frameworks to do so,” Robinson observed. “Global institutions need to continue to help governments by providing appropriate research and statistics and policy prescriptions – the OECD and ILO play important roles in those areas.”

The USCIB president called for an “inclusive multilateralism,” where all stakeholders are present and a climate of trust prevails. “Business wants to be part of the solution,” he said. “But we need to feel like we are listened to, and that we have a seat at the table. Just as we need more inclusive forms of economic growth, so we also need a more inclusive model of multilateralism, one that draws on the best ideas from broadly representative groups in civil society, including business and employers’ organizations.”

At the ICC-UK meeting, Robinson joined a panel on the future of the WTO and the multilateral trading system. He recalled recent USCIB papers on WTO modernization as well as the ongoing e-commerce negotiationsUSCIB’s vision for the WTO, he said, “focuses not only on strengthening existing agreements, but also on addressing subsidies and other market-distorting support provided to state-owned enterprises, the establishment of new rules for current issues such as digital trade and customs processes on electronic transmissions, and ensuring a properly functioning appellate body, among other issues. The U.S. has been a major beneficiary of the WTO’s dispute settlement system, bringing and winning more cases than any other WTO member.”

Robinson was also a guest at ICC-UK’s board meeting (as was Crispin Conroy, ICC’s new Geneva representative), where he provided an overview of USCIB/ICC-USA priorities.

Remembering John Kloosterman, Labor Standards Expert

John Kloosterman (2nd from left) relaxed prior to the 2016 ILO conference with (L-R) then-USCIB International Labor Counsel Ed Potter, USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson, and USCIB Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee Chair Laura Chapman Rubbo (Disney).

USCIB members, staff and friends mourn the passing of John Kloosterman, a widely respected labor and employment lawyer who was an active member of USCIB’s Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee, and who served on many U.S. employer delegations to the International Labor Organization (ILO). John passed away tragically in a traffic accident on May 28, and will be greatly missed by USCIB and our members.

In particular, John’s contributions to the work of the ILO’s Committee on the Application of Standards, an important part of the ILO’s supervisory mechanism on which he served from 2012 to 2017, were recognized and appreciated by his peers in the global employer community.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to John’s family, especially his wife Jamie. The couple were serial adopters of large, lovable shelter dogs. In lieu of flowers or food, Jamie has asked that donations be made in John’s name to the San Francisco SPCA.

In 2018, John joined the Canadian law firm of Hicks Morley. Read more about his career and legacy in this tribute on the firm’s website.

Job Opening: Membership and Business Development Assistant – NYC

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position: Membership and Business Development Assistant

Organization: United States Council for International Business

Location: New York, NY

Reports to: Senior Director, Member Services

General Description: Assists the Business Development Department in the full range of membership development, including attracting new corporate members and retaining and developing current membership base. Particular emphasis is required on the process of identifying prospective members, conducting research, servicing their needs and ensuring their participation upon joining. Organizes preparation of membership financials, membership reports, and completes general day-to-day administrative tasks for the Membership and Business Development Departments.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required as well as excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Must be detail oriented and have strong interpersonal, administrative and organization skills. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, WordPress, content management systems and other computer and web-based programs. Interest in international business policy issues or non-profit management/fundraising a plus.

Responsibilities:

  1. Member/Prospect Research and Marketing
    • Responds to companies requesting information about membership; answers members’ questions about how to become active in committees; reviews company annual reports to identify member areas of interest and potential recruits.
    • Assists in maintaining prospect lists by industry and geography; as well as sources ideas for new prospects. Contacts prospects via phone and in writing and manages prospect follow-up process, as needed.
  2. Member Participation
    • Helps to identify areas for improved member participation; conducts committee by committee review of participation and coordinates with Policy Staff to enlist their help in contacting inactive members to increase involvement.
    • Prepares quarterly participation reports and risky member list to identify potential resignations; tracks Policy contact with risky members and coordinates with Policy Staff of resignation prevention.
  3. Business Development/Foundation
    • Assists in planning of USCIB International Leadership Award Dinner; maintains sponsorship outreach list, invitation lists; provides logistical support; assists in interface with attendees, etc.
    • Provides support to Business Development Department in USCIB Foundation-related activities; maintaining invitation lists to events, assists with scheduling meetings, etc.
    • Assists with logistical details around any other membership-related meeting as they come up.
  4. Marketing
    • Acts as focal point for coordination with Business Development and Policy Staff on any regional meetings/events by generating invite lists, timing announcements, tracking and follow up of responses.
    • Coordinates with members on changes to committee mailing lists.
    • Helps to set up meetings for membership trips to meet with prospects/members.
    • Manages and coordinates with Senior Director the membership section of the website.
  5. Financial
    • Assists in preparation of annual membership fee billings; prepares, and mails invoices with renewal letters; produces and regularly updates monthly financial reports.
    • Follows up on unpaid dues by phone and email.
    • Assists with tracking of payments in Membership Financials; works with accounting department to accurately report on outstanding payments.
  6. Administrative
    • Assists in maintaining and updating CRM database (netForum).
    • Updates membership list regularly and circulates to staff.
    • Maintains ongoing write up of new members and resignations each year (via Membership Financials).
    • Provides Membership Rosters and Participation History reports upon request.
    • Provides meeting support as necessary when events are held at USCIB offices.

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USCIB International Business Magazine: Winter 2018 Issue

The Winter 2018 issue of USCIB’s quarterly International Business magazine is available here. The issue features a timely column by USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson titled, “Upholding Human Rights Requires Strong Partnerships.” The issue also features news stories on USCIB’s leadership in promoting food security and nutrition partnerships, the U.S.-China trade conflict, and USCIB’s artificial intelligence priorities, plus news from our global network–Business at OECD, the International Organization of Employers and the International Chamber of Commerce.

“International Business,” USCIB’s quarterly journal, provides essential insight into major trade and investment topics, a high-level overview of USCIB policy advocacy and services, USCIB member news and updates from our global business network.

Subscribe to USCIB’s International Business Magazine

Subscriptions to “International Business” are available free upon request to representatives of USCIB member organizations. Contact us to subscribe.

Non-members may subscribe to “International Business” and other USCIB print publications at an annual rate of $50 (U.S.) for domestic delivery, or $75 for overseas delivery. Contact us to subscribe. USCIB’s annual report, studies from the United States Council Foundation and related publications are included with your paid subscription.

Our free electronic newsletter, “International Business Weekly,” provides regular updates on USCIB’s major activities and priorities. Click here to view a sample issue. Click here to subscribe.

We welcome outside submissions and inquiries regarding our publications – send them to news@uscib.org.

We welcome advertising in International Business magazine — special discounted rates for USCIB member organizations! Contact Kira Yevtukhova (kyevtukhova@uscib.org) for more information.

Assistant Policy and Program Manager – New York Office

PositionAssistant Policy and Program Manager – New York Office

Organization: United States Council for International Business

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs

General Description: Supports the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs on a variety of projects involving the development and dissemination of USCIB policy positions, research papers and meeting preparation and materials. Also supports participation and representation of USCIB at key United Nations meetings, including the UN SDGs High Level Political Forum and the UN General Assembly. Supports USCIB member engagement and development.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Masters Degree or equivalent experience a plus. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, WordPress, content management systems and other computer and web-based programs, including diverse forms of social media.  Must be detail-oriented and have strong client-oriented interpersonal, administrative and organization skills.  Interest in international business policy issues or international relations a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Maintain substantive knowledge of key labor, corporate responsibility, business & human rights, sustainability and/or corporate governance issue areas at intergovernmental and national levels globally; Identify, track and summarize key issues and disseminate updates to members.
  • Build dialogue and mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders on the priority issue areas noted above, including with representatives of IOE, BIAC, ICC and their national employer organization members.
  • Participate in internal USCIB planning meetings. Coordinate development of agendas for and participate in Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee (CR/LA Committee) and Corporate Governance Committee (CG Committee) in-person meetings, committee webinars and conference calls. Participate in the CR/LA & CG Committee annual planning and strategic review meetings. Maintain CR/LA & CG Committee activity, progress and benchmarking tools.
  • Attend meetings and events relevant to CR/LA & CG policy committees and engagement strategy around NYC, Washington, DC and internationally, as needed; be able to represent USCIB positions; provide notes to staff and members.
  • Participate in USCIB UN Sustainable Development Goals Working Group activities, follow and report on UN SDGs developments, and, as necessary, support development of the Business for 2030 website.
  • Draft, proofread and edit various products including policy statements, press releases, blogs, letters, committee newsletters, presentations, final papers and formal comments/responses to U.S. government or multilateral institution invitations for comments on policy documents. Develop content updates for relevant portions of the USCIB website, including the CR/LA & CG Committee sections.
  • Make contacts with members and potential members as necessary; provide assistance to membership department in recruiting and provision of member information. and taking minutes and providing summaries of meetings.

 

Submit resume and cover note to resume@uscib.org no later than December 10, 2018.

Policy and Program Assistant – New York Office

PositionPolicy and Program Assistant – New York Office

Organization: United States Council for International Business

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs

General Description: Provide program and administrative assistance to both the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs and the General Counsel on a variety of USCIB policy and program related activities. Also supports participation of USCIB at key United Nations meetings, including the UN SDGs High Level Political Forum and the UN General Assembly. Supports membership and policy staff with membership engagement and development.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, WordPress, content management systems and other computer and web-based programs, including diverse forms of social media.  Must be detail-oriented and have strong client-oriented interpersonal, administrative and organization skills.  Interest in international business policy issues or international relations a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide support for the Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee. Duties will include: preparation of materials for policy committee meetings (e.g., agendas, handouts, letters, forms, reports, participants lists, badges, etc.) and webinars; preparation, organization, and e-mail distribution of meeting notices/materials to committee members and coordination of e-mail responses of same; setting up teleconference calls; assisting with logistical support of meetings, including registration and coffee/food service for participants in-house, and taking minutes and providing summaries of meetings.
  • Provide support for the Arbitration Committee. Duties will include: preparation of materials for committee meetings (e.g., agendas, handouts, letters, forms, reports, participants lists, badges, etc.) and webinars;  preparation, organization, and e-mail distribution of meeting notices/materials to committee members and coordination of e-mail responses of same; setting up teleconference calls; assisting with logistical support of meetings, including registration and coffee/food service for participants in-house, and taking minutes and providing summaries of meetings.
  • Maintain knowledge of issue areas to be used in liaising with members, providing written and presentation materials, and participating in internal strategy planning sessions.
  • Manage ongoing responsibilities including drafting, proofreading and editing materials (e.g. outgoing e-mails, letters, newsletters, presentations, and other materials); arrange and attend staff meetings. Assist with management of documents and communications with USCIB international affiliates and international organizations.
  • Support and attend, where needed, meetings and events relevant to policy committees and engagement strategy around NYC and Washington, DC; provide meeting notes to staff and members. Make contacts with members and potential members as necessary; provide assistance to membership department in recruiting and provision of member information.
  • Provide assistance with USCIB Arbitrator/Mediator/Expert Database and maintain records of Arbitration Committee, including appointments, terms and nominations.
  • Support maintenance of relevant portions of the USCIB website as needed, particularly the Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee, the Corporate Governance and Arbitration Committee profiles. Manage event registrations and collection and integration of comments on policy statements and final papers, as needed.
  • General and specific conference and event planning, including handling conference registration forms and processing fees; creation and production of materials for distribution, with a possibility for more extensive involvement in event logistics and organization.
  • Provide basic office and administrative support including sorting and distributing incoming/outgoing mail; answering telephones and taking messages; photocopying documents; maintaining electronic filing system; assisting in mass mailings when needed; maintaining supplies and cleanliness of office; managing and coordinating calendars; performing other duties as assigned, including filling in for other assistants as required.
  • Enter and update committee member information in CRM software as necessary, with ability to run up-to-date reports, rosters, and distribution lists for numerous active committees, as well as perform routine searches.
  • Support policy managers in planning and making travel arrangements.

 

Submit resume and cover note to resume@uscib.org no later than December 7,  2018.

Policy and Program Assistant – Washington, DC Office

PositionPolicy and Program Assistant – Washington, DC Office

Organization: United States Council for International Business

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs

General Description: Provide program and administrative assistance to both the Vice President Product Policy and Innovation and the Director, Customs and Trade Facilitation on a variety of USCIB policy and program related activities. Supports membership and policy staff with membership engagement and development.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, WordPress, content management systems and other computer and web-based programs, including diverse forms of social media.  Must be detail-oriented and have strong client-oriented interpersonal, administrative and organization skills.  Interest in international business policy issues or international relations a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide support for the Health, Food and Ag, Intellectual Property, APEC and Product Policy Committees. Duties will include: preparation of materials for policy committee meetings (e.g., agendas, handouts, letters, forms, reports, participants lists, badges, etc.) and webinars; preparation, organization, and e-mail distribution of meeting notices/materials to committee members and coordination of e-mail responses of same; setting up teleconference calls; assisting with logistical support of meetings, including registration and coffee/food service for participants in-house, and taking minutes and providing summaries of meetings.
  • Provide support for the Customs and Trade Facilitation and Anti-Illicit Trade Committees. Duties will include: preparation of materials for committee meetings (e.g., agendas, handouts, letters, forms, reports, participants lists, badges, etc.) and webinars;  preparation, organization, and e-mail distribution of meeting notices/materials to committee members and coordination of e-mail responses of same; setting up teleconference calls; assisting with logistical support of meetings, including registration and coffee/food service for participants in-house, and taking minutes and providing summaries of meetings.
  • Maintain knowledge of issue areas to be used in liaising with members, providing written and presentation materials, and participating in internal strategy planning sessions.
  • Manage ongoing responsibilities including drafting, proofreading and editing materials (e.g. outgoing e-mails, letters, newsletters, presentations, and other materials); arrange and attend staff meetings. Assist with management of documents and communications with USCIB international affiliates and international organizations.
  • Support and attend, where needed, meetings and events relevant to policy committees and engagement strategy around NYC and Washington, DC; provide meeting notes to staff and members. Make contacts with members and potential members as necessary; provide assistance to membership department in recruiting and provision of member information.
  • Support maintenance of relevant portions of the USCIB website as needed. Manage event registrations and collection and integration of comments on policy statements and final papers, as needed.
  • General and specific conference and event planning, including handling conference registration forms and processing fees; creation and production of materials for distribution, with a possibility for more extensive involvement in event logistics and organization.
  • Provide basic office and administrative support including sorting and distributing incoming/outgoing mail; answering telephones and taking messages; photocopying documents; maintaining electronic filing system; assisting in mass mailings when needed; maintaining supplies and cleanliness of office; managing and coordinating calendars; performing other duties as assigned, including filling in for other assistants as required.
  • Enter and update committee member information in CRM software as necessary, with ability to run up-to-date reports, rosters, and distribution lists for numerous active committees, as well as perform routine searches.
  • Support policy managers in planning and making travel arrangements.

 

Submit resume and cover note to resume@uscib.org no later than December 7, 2018.

USCIB Welcomes New CFO: Declan Daly

Declan Daly

Declan Daly joined USCIB in mid-August as Senior Vice President and CFO, succeeding Dave Murphy. Daly also serves in a COO capacity, overseeing ATA Carnet and Trade Services and IT.

Prior to USCIB, Daly was with CSI Sports, an international multimedia company operating in over 40 countries, where he was VP of Finance and Operations. Prior to that, he was CFO of Geptek/GTI, which consists of a Trading Group and an Environmental Service Group, serving various industries through a network of domestic and global suppliers, partners and service providers. Other positions included Director of Finance for the FW Dodge division of McGraw-Hill and Director of Finance and Business Manager for Simon & Schuster.

“We conducted a rigorous search and interview process and met with many qualified candidates to fill this role,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “In addition to his impressive professional experience and credentials, Declan stood out as being a good fit for USCIB’s culture, mission, staff, and management team, and I am confident that he will be an excellent addition to the USCIB organization.”

Daly, a CPA, earned an MBA as well as a BS in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University—which brought him to the U.S. from Ireland on a four-year full Athletic Soccer Scholarship. Declan has continued his interest in the sport by serving as president of a youth soccer league in Glen Rock, New Jersey, where he and his family live.

Ellen Blackler of Disney Named to Chair USCIB’s ICT Policy Committee

Ellen Blackler, The Walt Disney Company

New York, N.Y., August 20, 2018 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents American business in numerous global policy forums, has appointed Ellen Blackler, vice president of global public policy with The Walt Disney Company, as chair of its Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Committee. As chair, Blackler will spearhead the organization’s development and delivery of business views on information technology and internet policy matters worldwide, working with companies and organizations from across USCIB’s diverse membership.

“Ellen Blackler brings in-depth knowledge of critical issues in international ICT policy and cross-border business,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “She has played a key role in forging consensus across industries to advance business views in the UN, the OECD and other important multilateral forums. Under Ellen’s stewardship of our ICT Committee, and with the ongoing support of USCIB Vice President Barbara Wanner, we look forward to fostering an even more active and constructive role for the private sector in global ICT policy discussions.”

Blackler manages public policy issues for Disney on a range of issues related to internet policy, human rights, privacy, and children and the media. Prior to joining Disney, Blackler worked for AT&T, where she oversaw policy development on privacy, broadband deployment and universal service, access to ICT for people with disabilities, health care and tax-related issues. Blackler previously served on the staff of the Federal Communications Commission, where she led the team drafting the FCC’s annual reports on the availability of broadband service, among other responsibilities, and in the New York State government.

USCIB’s ICT Committee advocates for policies characterized by free and fair competition, minimal government intervention and free information flows that ensure the continued growth of information and communication technologies in a range of strategic forums, including the UN, OECD, APEC and ICANN. In particular, it leverages USCIB’s overseas network of business groups, including the International Chamber of Commerce and Business at OECD, to secure strong industry representation and input to major multilateral discussions of ICT issues.

About USCIB:
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world, generating $5 trillion in annual revenues and employing over 11 million people worldwide. As the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and Business at OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP Communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org

Thevenin Joins USCIB as General Counsel

Nancy Thevenin

New York, N.Y., October 11, 2017Nancy M. Thevenin has joined the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s leading global companies, as general counsel. USCIB serves as the U.S. affiliate of several global business bodies, including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the world business organization whose International Court of Arbitration is the world’s leading forum for the settlement of cross-border commercial disputes.

Thevenin’s portfolio will include supporting USCIB’s Arbitration Committee and coordinating the work of the U.S. Nominations Committee to the ICC Court. Additionally, she will coordinate amicus requests and responses from USCIB members and other interested parties. Further, Thevenin will work closely with USCIB’s business development team to ensure more comprehensive membership recruitment outreach to both law firms and corporations.

“Nancy Thevenin brings extensive experience to this important position within USCIB,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson. “Our members, including both companies and law firms, have broad experience and knowledge of global arbitration and other legal matters. I am confident that Nancy will be able to fully leverage those relationships to drive further organizational growth and improved services to members.”

Thevenin previously served as deputy director of the ICC Court’s North American marketing office, which at that time also managed USCIB/ICC-USA’s Arbitration Committee. During her tenure, the group helped launch the ICC International Mediation Competition and developed USCIB’s Young Arbitrators Forum (YAF), which Thevenin helped develop and wrote the proposal to turn into a global organization under the ICC umbrella. She later joined Baker & McKenzie as a special counsel and global coordinator of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group. Thevenin left Baker in 2014 to start her own practice as arbitrator and mediator. She is the chair of the International Section of the New York State Bar Association and an adjunct professor of the international commercial arbitration course at St. John’s Law School.

A graduate of Tulane Law School where she obtained certificates in European legal practice and in commercial arbitration, Ms. Thevenin also attended the University of Paris at Panthéon-Assas in France, where she studied the French legal system and European Community law. She is a graduate of Cornell University, where she obtained a double major in history and Spanish literature. While at university, Ms. Thevenin lived in Madrid, Spain and studied international relations, Spanish law and Spanish literature. Thevenin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida.

About USCIB:

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. As the U.S. affiliate of the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and Business at OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043 or jhuneke@uscib.org