Taxation

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • USCIB’s Tax Committee is the most respected U.S. business association on international tax issues. USCIB is the only U.S. business association formally affiliated with the world’s three largest business organizations where we work with business leaders across the globe to extend our reach to influence policymakers in international markets that are important to American business.

Trends and Challenges Facing U.S. Business:

  • Multiple sets of inconsistent rules that drive up costs and result in double taxation
  • The mounting political pressure to move towards changing the taxation of the digitalized economy
  • Efforts to unfairly increase the tax burden on companies

USCIB’s Response:

  • Build consensus with like-minded industry peers and participate in off-the-record briefings with policymakers both home and abroad
  • Engage with the OECD on the development of international taxation principles
  • Proactively shape the development of the OECD’s guidance on the taxation of the digitalized economy by demonstrating to policymakers that unilateral action can result in double taxation, decreased trade, and reduced global growth
  • Actively monitor and contribute to the work of the UN Committee of Tax Experts to ensure its alignment with the work of the OECD Tax Committee and inform policymakers of their actions’ impact on investment
  • Support enactment of foreign tax simplification provisions in the IRC that would significantly reduce the burden of complexity for U.S. companies and enhance their international competitiveness
  • Host an annual conference in Washington, DC that provides a unique opportunity for the U.S. business community to interact with key representatives from the OECD Centre for Tax Policy and Administration (“CTPA”).

More Recent Accomplishments

News Stories

Business at OECD Head Shares 2020 Policy Priorities With USCIB (2/11/2020) - Secretary General of Business at OECD (BIAC) Russel Mills visited USCIB’s Washington DC and New York offices the week of
Robinson Kicks Off 2020 With OECD, ICC France, ICC Germany  (1/21/2020) - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) held its annual consultation with Business at OECD on January 13 in

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Chair

Bill Sample
Tax Policy Advisor
Microsoft Corporation

Vice Chairs

Timothy M. McDonald
Vice President, Finance & Accounting, Global Taxes
The Procter & Gamble Company

Will Morris
Deputy Global Tax Policy Leader
PwC

Louise Weingrod
Vice President, Global Taxation
Johnson & Johnson

Chad J. Withers
Global Tax Director
Caterpillar Inc.

Staff

Carol Doran Klein
Vice President and International Tax Counsel
202-682-7376 or cdklein@uscib.org

Erin Breitenbucher
Senior Policy & Program Associate and Office Manager, Washington
202-682-7465 or ebreitenbucher@uscib.org

Subcommittees

BIAC/ICC Subcommittee

Legislative and Administrative Developments Subcommittee

Tax Treaties Subcommittee

Transfer Pricing Subcommittee

Working Groups

Working Group on Consumption Taxes

Working Group on the Digital Economy

Working Group on Environment and Energy Taxes

 

Information, Communications and Technology

Trends and Challenges Facing the ICT Sector:

  • The digital transformation of the economy affecting areas from trade to tax to labor as well as emerging technologies such as AI, IoT and Blockchain
  • The efforts of some UN Security Council members to bring governance of the Internet, management of the domain names system and cybersecurity norms and regulations under the purview of the UN and other intergovernmental forums
  • Privacy regulations that prove overly burdensome to business operations or hamper innovation

 

USCIB’s Response:

  • ICT Policy Committee’s 2020 Goals and Objectives
  • Works actively on ITU and Internet Governance issues through two newly created task forces that focus specifically on those topics
  • Proactively shape the development of the OECD’s Going Digital Project and ensure consistencies with G20/B20 work on the digital economy
  • Advocate a multi-stakeholder model to manage Internet-related issues and to enable business to play a leading role promoting policies aimed at ensuring the safety, security, stability and resilience of the online ecosystem
  • Support approaches aimed at regulatory interoperability by meeting with USG officials to elevate the Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) system and to raise support for the joint work of the APEC Data Privacy Subgroup and the European Commission on certification of international data transfers

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • USCIB is the only U.S. business association formally affiliated with the world’s three largest business organizations where we work with business leaders across the globe to extend our reach to influence policymakers in key international markets to American business
  • Build consensus with like-minded industry peers and participate in off-the-record briefings with policymakers both home and abroad.

Positions and Statements

USCIB Statement on USMCA Entry Into Force (7/1/2020) - The U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents many of America’s leading global companies, welcomes today’s entry into force
USCIB Statement on OECD’s Inclusive Framework (6/23/2020) - USCIB has issued a statement on June 23 with regards to the OECD Inclusive Framework process:

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News Stories

Virtual ICANN Focuses on COVID-Related Domain Name System Abuse (6/29/2020) - The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) held its second meeting of the year June 22-25. Due to
USCIB Opposes New IP Protocols at International Telecommunication Union (6/11/2020) - USCIB submitted recommendations on June 7 regarding industry priorities to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s

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Press Releases

USCIB Statement on USMCA Entry Into Force (7/1/2020) - The U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents many of America’s leading global companies, welcomes today’s entry into force
USCIB Applauds Approval of OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence (5/22/2019) - USCIB applauds the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) approval on May 22 of the OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Hampl Gives Testimony on US-UK Trade Agreement (1/29/2019) - Following USCIB’s submission on January 16 to USTR regarding negotiating objectives for a U.S.-UK Trade Agreement, USCIB Senior Director for
USCIB Op-Ed: Time for Some ‘Tough Love’ at the UN (5/2/2017) - USCIB President Peter Robinson, writing in The Hill, urges U.S. officials to help the United Nations focus its efforts and

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Chair

Ellen Blackler
Vice President, Global Public Policy
The Walt Disney Company

ITU Task Force Leadership

Amy Alvarez
AVP – International External & Regulatory Affairs
AT&T

Christopher Wilson
Senior Manager, Public Policy
Amazon

Internet Governance Task Force Leadership

Flavia Alves
Head of International Institutions & Relations
Facebook

Ben Wallis
Regulatory Policy Analyst
Microsoft Corporation

Staff

Barbara Wanner
Vice President, ICT Policy
202-617-3155 or bwanner@uscib.org

Erin Breitenbucher
Senior Policy and Program Associate, Washington
202-682-7465 or ebreitenbucher@uscib.org

 

Anti-Illicit Trade

WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR BUSINESS

Illicit trade is a serious threat that feeds a booming multi-trillion-dollar global illegal economy and harms every market, puts public health and safety at risk, and upends the rule of law and investment climate. It is a threat multiplier that helps fuel transnational crime, corruption, and greater insecurity and instability around the world. Illicit trade results in:

  • Lost revenue and market share;
  • Intellectual property theft, stolen data, and dis-incentivizes innovation;
  • Job displacement for workers and business closures;
  • Increased costs of doing business overseas;
  • Heightened violence and criminality in some markets; and
  • Diminished brand integrity and market reputational value.

 

CURRENT PRIORITIES

Objectives

  • Illicit Trade in the COVID-19 Crisis Environment. Click here to visit our dedicated page on COVID-19 for messages from our CEO, press releases, member-driven initiatives, and more.
  • Development of Anti-Illicit Trade Committee (AITC) Plan of Action (POA) and focus on key member brand protection concerns and Anti-Illicit Trade (AIT) issues of interest, provided below in alphabetical order:
    • Engagement of China and other Source Markets of Fakes;
    • Targeted Action on Illicit Trade including Counterfeit and Pirated Goods;
    • AIT Enforcement at Free Trade Zones (FTZs);
    • Strengthening Information sharing across sectors and markets; and
    • Address “small parcels” trade in contraband and illicit commodities.
  • Raising public awareness of newly established AITC at USCIB and its commitment to fight illicit trade with U.S. government agencies and U.S. Congress, private sector and business community, international and intergovernmental organizations, and economies and market stakeholders around the world.
  • Active leadership and engagement in Business at OECD and the Business at OECD Anti-Illicit Trade Expert Group (AITEG) and align activities and outcomes.

USCIB AT WORK:

  • At OECD, engage via Business at OECD, on the work of the Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade (TF-CIT) in efforts to address the threats and barriers tied to illicit trade, promoting strategic alliances, and work closely with BIAC and OECD on webinars on illicit trade in the COVID crisis environment.
  • Bridging Partnerships: In APEC, explore possible synergies with OECD and Business at OECD; OECD-APEC collaborations in 2019-2020; and G2B opportunities on fighting illicit trade across markets.
  • At ICC, where relevant, engage in the work of the Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative.
  • In Washington, where we regularly meet with U.S. government officials to educate them on the work of the AITC particularly with the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, State, and Treasury, White House (National Security Council and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator), and U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

 

FEATURED DOCUMENTS:

WHO WE ARE

The USCIB Anti-Illicit Trade Committee is composed of USCIB member companies representing a range of business and industry sectors. Priorities are determined that reflect a consensus among the members.

The Committee takes a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, approach and public-private partnerships, to elevate the fight against illicit trade, particularly related to the work of the OECD’s TF-CIT, corresponding activity by Business at OECD, and the work of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP) initiative.

Mission

The Committee promotes strong international AIT leadership and advocates for a comprehensive and multi-disciplinary approach to the complex topic of illicit trade including, among others:

  • Business at OECD and Business at OECD Anti-Illicit Trade Expert Group (AITEG)
  • OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade (TFCIT), Governance Directorate
  • APEC and in other strategic international fora in advance of USCIB Partnerships
  • U.S. Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, State, and Treasury, White House (National Security Council and Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator), and U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

All USCIB members are eligible to participate in the USCIB Anti-Illicit Trade Committee. If you are a member and would like to be added to this committee or if you would like more information on how to become a member, please contact:

Alison Hoiem
Senior Director, Member Services
(202) 682-1291 – ahoiem@uscib.org

News Stories

USCIB Members Play Active Role on OECD’s Illicit Trade During COVID Panel (4/30/2020) - The OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade hosted a webinar on April 23—"Illicit Trade at the Time of Crisis.”
USCIB Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a US-Kenya Trade Agreement (4/30/2020) - Following the Administration’s recent notice to Congress that it is going to enter into negotiations with the Republic of Kenya

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Positions and Statements

USCIB Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a US-Kenya Trade Agreement (4/30/2020) - Following the Administration’s recent notice to Congress that it is going to enter into negotiations with the Republic of Kenya
USCIB Commends Phase 1 China Deal, Urges Further Negotiations (1/15/2020) - China continues to be an important market for U.S. business, and we recognize the progress on food and agricultural export

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Chair

David Luna
President and CEO
Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC

Vice-Chair

Fernando Peña
Director of Customs and Regulatory Affairs 
DHL Express USA

Staff

Megan Giblin
Director, Customs & Trade Facilitation
(202) 371-9235 – mgiblin@uscib.org

Staff

Ashley Harrington
Policy & Program Assistant, Washington
202-683-5861 or aharrington@uscib.org

 

Intellectual Property

Trends and Challenges Facing U.S. Business:

  • Intellectual property is one of the central public policy pillars for the rapidly changing knowledge-based 21st century economy
  • Intellectual property rights provide an increasingly critical legal and policy toolkit for spurring innovation, stimulating the investments needed to develop and market new innovations, creating jobs and disseminating technology and knowledge in socially beneficial ways
L-R: John Sandage (WIPO) and Paul Salmon (USPTO) at the October 18 launch of USCIB’s Intellectual Property and Innovation Committee

USCIB’s Response:

  • Promote strong global rules to protect U.S. intellectual property
  • Advocate for IP language in trade agreements that establishes a robust and effective intellectual property framework to promote innovation
  • Protect from disclosure commercially sensitive and propriety information and documents required by governments under law or regulation

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • USCIB is the only U.S. business association formally affiliated with the world’s three largest business organizations where we work with business leaders across the globe to extend our reach to influence policymakers in key international markets to American business
  • Build consensus with like-minded industry peers and participate in off-the-record briefings with policymakers both home and abroad.

News Stories

USCIB Opposes New IP Protocols at International Telecommunication Union - USCIB submitted recommendations on June 7 regarding industry priorities to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s
USCIB Urges Administration to Remove China Tariffs on Products Needed to Fight COVID-19 - USCIB submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on China tariffs on May 18. The comments focused on

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Press Releases

USCIB Statement on USMCA Entry Into Force (7/1/2020) - The U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents many of America’s leading global companies, welcomes today’s entry into force
USCIB Commends Phase 1 China Deal, Urges Further Negotiations (1/15/2020) - China continues to be an important market for U.S. business, and we recognize the progress on food and agricultural export

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Chair

Vacant

Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Staff

Ashley Harrington
Policy & Program Assistant
202-682-5861 or aharrington@uscib.org

 

Product Policy

Trends and Challenges Facing Upstream and Downstream Users of Chemicals:

  • Unbalanced requirements that can undermine market access and related industry initiatives
  • The UN Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will be focusing on the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020
  • New chemicals regulations that are inconsistent with existing guidelines and are therefore unnecessarily burdensome to companies
USCIB Vice President for Product Policy and Innovation Mike Michener and Sophia Danenberg (Boeing) at the 2nd Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process in Stockholm

USCIB’s Response:

  • Advocate for product and chemicals policies in forums such as the UN and the OECD that reflect good science, protect confidential business information, and avoid technical barriers to trade to ensure that U.S. products have timely access to markets around the world
  • Ensure industry views are well represented at SAICM to press for risk-based assessments of chemicals
  • Serve as the lead voice for U.S. business in forums such as APEC pushing for regulatory coherence between differing chemicals management regimes

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • USCIB is the only U.S. business association formally affiliated with the world’s three largest business organizations where we work with business leaders across the globe to extend our reach to influence policymakers in key international markets to American business
  • Build consensus with like-minded industry peers and participate in off-the-record briefings with policymakers both home and abroad.

News Stories

USCIB Congratulates Colombia on Formally Becoming OECD Member (4/30/2020) - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced today that Colombia has formally become an OECD Member as of
SAICM Advances Zero Draft for Post-2020 Chemicals Policy Framework (10/8/2019) - The third meeting of the Intersessional Process for Considering the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the Sound

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Press Releases

USCIB Welcomes Michael Michener as Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation (2/21/2017) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Michael Michener, a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural
U.S. Business Urges Revision of European Chemicals Guidelines (9/13/2006) - New York, N.Y., September 13, 2006 – The United States Council for International Business, which represents America’s top global companies,

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Chair

Sophia Danenberg
Manager, Environmental Health and Safety
Regulatory Program
The Boeing Company

Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Staff

Ashley Harrington
Policy and Program Assistant
202-682-5861 or aharrington@uscib.org

 

Health Care

Trends and Challenges Facing the Health Care Sector:

  • Global health issues have risen to the top of the agenda as policymakers struggle to ensure the best quality health care at an affordable price
  • The digital transformation of health care systems provides fresh opportunities for better care, newer treatments, and greater focus on the needs of the patient
  • Non-communicable diseases harm the growth and productivity of the economy and the well-being of societies
USCIB Vice President for Product Policy and Innovation Mike Michener at the Nutrition Roundtable

USCIB’s Response:

  • Advocate for multi-stakeholder initiatives and the central role of science- and evidence-based data in developing policy
  • Press for policies at the OECD that create the right incentives and collaborative environments to drive investment in innovation and technology
  • Advance voluntary consumer initiatives, responsible marketing, and healthy lifestyles

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • USCIB is the only U.S. business association formally affiliated with the world’s three largest business organizations where we work with business leaders across the globe to extend our reach to influence policymakers in key international markets to American business
  • Build consensus with like-minded industry peers and participate in off-the-record briefings with policymakers both home and abroad.

News Stories

USCIB Urges Administration to Remove China Tariffs on Products Needed to Fight COVID-19 (5/21/2020) - USCIB submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on China tariffs on May 18. The comments focused on

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Robinson Shares US Perspective During Virtual Briefing on Socio-Economic Impacts of COVID-19 With ILO Director General (5/14/2020) - USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson joined International Organization of Employers (IOE) members from around the world in a virtual

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Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Staff

Ashley Harrington
Policy and Program Assistant
202-682-5861 or aharrington@uscib.org

 

Food and Agriculture

Trends and Challenges Facing the Food & Agriculture sector:

  • Responding to rapidly evolving changes in global food systems due to dramatic shifts in climate and demand.
  • The shift away from evidence -based policy responses to meaningful food security and enhanced environmental sustainability.
  • The growing trend to view business as the “problem” and not part of the solution among public and private actors who fail to recognize mutual interests and limitations.

 

 

USCIB’s Response:

  • Advocating for business as a solutions partner in international forums including the OECD Health Committee and OECD Agriculture committee.
  • Showcasing business leadership, investments and innovation at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) as they seek effective policy approaches on food security and nutrition in the context of changing rural-urban dynamics.
  • Calling for public/private partnerships involving all stakeholders to improve transparency and broaden participation to meet the global challenges facing the sustainability of agriculture and food systems.

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • USCIB is the only U.S. business association formally affiliated with the world’s three largest business organizations where we work with business leaders across the globe to extend our reach to influence policymakers in key international markets to American business.
  • Build consensus with like-minded industry peers and participate in off-the-record briefings with policymakers both home and abroad.

News Stories

USCIB Comments on Negotiating Objectives for a US-Kenya Trade Agreement (4/30/2020) - Following the Administration’s recent notice to Congress that it is going to enter into negotiations with the Republic of Kenya

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IOE Hosts Digital Conference of COVID Impact on Global Trade, Supply Chains, Employment (4/9/2020) - The International Organization of Employers' (IOE) hosted a digital conference on the impact of COVID-19 on global trade, supply chains

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Chair

Diego T. Ruiz
Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Affairs
PepsiCo

Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Staff

Ashley Harrington
Policy and Program Assistant
202-682-5861 or aharrington@uscib.org

 

APEC Working Group

Trends and Challenges Companies Face in the Asia Pacific region:

  • By 2030, two-thirds of all middle-class consumers will be in Asia, making this region a priority for U.S. companies to gain open and fair access to markets in the Asia-Pacific.
  • See here for our 2020 APEC Priorities.
  • Comprising of 21 member economies, which account for approximately 40 percent of the world’s population and over 50 percent of world’s GDP and half of the world’s trade, APEC is the top economic forum in the region that actively encourages economic growth, regional cooperation and trade and investment.

USCIB’s Response:

  • Supports members’ interests within APEC and welcomes committed partnerships that APEC has established with the private sector to engage with participatory economies in addressing the complex economic issues that face the region.
  • Works through APEC to maintain connections with business and governments in the region to pursue initiatives that can improve market access and greater regulatory compatibility for our members.
  • Advocates for policies which encourage APEC economies to maintain an open trade and investment environment and eliminate non-tariff barriers across borders.
  • Collaborates with other USCIB committees on areas of USCIB priority and expertise within APEC, including chemicals, e-commerce, customs, marketing and advertising and global value chains.
  • Convenes issue-specific events and meetings with high-level government officials to discuss member priorities and APEC meetings and outcomes.
  • Facilitates business input into APEC through four main channels: U.S. APEC Business Coalition, APEC Business Advisory Council (through the National Center for APEC — NCAPEC), International Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Government.

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • USCIB is the only U.S. business association formally affiliated with the world’s three largest business organizations where we work with business leaders across the globe to extend our reach to influence policymakers in key international markets to American business.
  • Build consensus with like-minded industry peers and participate in off-the-record briefings with policymakers both home and abroad.

Positions and Statements

USCIB Congratulates Colombia on Formally Becoming OECD Member (4/30/2020) - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced today that Colombia has formally become an OECD Member as of
USCIB Commends Phase 1 China Deal, Urges Further Negotiations (1/15/2020) - China continues to be an important market for U.S. business, and we recognize the progress on food and agricultural export

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News Stories

USCIB Congratulates Colombia on Formally Becoming OECD Member (4/30/2020) - The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced today that Colombia has formally become an OECD Member as of
Michener Shares USCIB’s COVID-19 Response with ICC Americas Group (4/29/2020) - At a recent virtual meeting of the ICC Americas group, USCIB Vice President for Product Policy and Innovation Mike Michener

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Press Releases

USCIB Commends Phase 1 China Deal, Urges Further Negotiations (1/15/2020) - China continues to be an important market for U.S. business, and we recognize the progress on food and agricultural export

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USCIB Welcomes Michael Michener as Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation (2/21/2017) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Michael Michener, a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural

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Staff

Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or mmichener@uscib.org

Staff

Ashley Harrington
Policy and Program Assistant
202-682-5861 or aharrington@uscib.org

 

Arbitration

USCIB Value Add

  • When commercial disputes arise, the dispute resolution services of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) can be relied upon to resolve them efficiently and economically.
  • Working with ICC Conferences or SICANA, USCIB’s Arbitration Committee assists in organizing conferences, seminars and corporate roundtables nationwide to educate the public about ICC’s different dispute resolution services.
  • Meet with officials from countries around the world to discuss the ICC’s arbitration system and other dispute resolution services.
  • Identify opportunities for ICC arbitration and/or ADR to be designated as a means of dispute resolution for domain name and other e-commerce disputes and in multilateral and regional instruments, such as the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and BITs.
  • Work with the U.S. Department of Commerce to distribute information on the ICC Court to commercial offices in U.S. embassies and consulates.

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • Through its affiliation with ICC, USCIB’s Arbitration Committee serves as the primary contact point in the United States for information about the ICC International Court of Arbitration® (the ICC Court) and ICC’s wide range of dispute resolution services.
  • USCIB serves as a contact point for the ICC Court in the United States, nominates Americans to serve as members of the ICC Court and as ICC arbitrators, mediators and experts and acts as a referral source for parties seeking these neutrals or counsel in ICC proceedings.
  • USCIB participates in and nominates its members to serve on the ICC Arbitration Commission and its numerous Task Forces, such as the task forces on Drafting Arbitral Awards, Arbitrating Competition Law Issues, IT in Arbitration, Guidelines for ICC Expertise Proceedings, Criminal Law and Arbitration, Reducing Time and Costs in Complex Arbitration, European Contract Law, and “Amiable Composition and ex aequo et bono” to name a few.
  • Co-sponsor international dispute resolution seminars with international institutions, bar associations, corporate counsel organizations, and potential users of arbitration and other forms of ADR.

For more information, please visit our Dispute Resolution page

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Chair

Grant Hanessian
Partner
Baker McKenzie

Staff

Nancy Thevenin
General Counsel
212-703-5047 or nthevenin@uscib.org

Kendall Thibeadeau
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5095 or at kthibeadeau@uscib.org

Subcommittees

Florida
Midwest
Northeast
Northwest

Subcommittees

Rocky Mountain
Southeast
Southern
Southwest

Subcommittees

Washington D.C.
Academics
Corporate Counsel
Expatriate

Subcommittees

Transactional Lawyers
Young Arbitrators Forum

Click here for a full list of USCIB Arbitration Committee officers

 

Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs

Trends and Challenges Facing U.S. Business:

  • As company operations have diversified globally and views on the role of business in society evolves, there is a continuing need for evidence-based government policies that distinguish the complementary but distinct roles of governments and business.  The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights are the global framework that clarify the duty of governments under international law to protect the human rights of their citizens, the responsibility of businesses to respect human rights in their operations, and the need for greater access to remedy for alleged victims of corporate-related human rights harms.
  • Complex supply chains pose risks for multinational corporations operating globally, through possible exposure to weak or lax enforcement of policies and laws meant to address unfair and unacceptable working conditions like forced labor and child labor. To address these decent work deficits meaningfully, a range of policy tools can be applied to both support and encourage governments to enact the rule of law in their own countries, ranging from targeted development assistance to labor-conditionality in trade preference programs and free trade agreements.
  • The United Nations 2030 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will re-frame corporate sustainability and touch the lives of people everywhere. The scale and ambition of the Agenda creates a tremendous opportunity for the private sector to demonstrate the central role it plays in sustainable development and human prosperity and to serve as an essential partner.

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USCIB’s Response:

  • Advocate for policies that recognize the different roles of governments and business in ensuring respect for the rule of law and human rights. With the advent of the consensus around the three pillars of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which USCIB 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.
  • Help members promote American business leadership in global policy debates by tracking emerging trends in regulatory and civil society expectations, informing members of key developments, and channeling member feedback directly in our engagements with the U.S. Administration and international organizations, including as the U.S. business representative within the UN, International Labor Organization (ILO) and OECD. In doing so, we communicate our members’ consensus views on international labor standards, civil society initiatives and macroeconomic labor market policies.
  • Advocate for the inclusion of the business community in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global, national and local levels and promote USCIB members’ contributions to the fulfilment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through advocacy platforms, such as Business for 2030, and leveraging exposure through leading conferences and events around UN policy meetings.

 

Magnifying Your Voice with USCIB:

  • USCIB is the only U.S. business association formally affiliated with the world’s three largest business organizations where we work with business leaders across the globe to extend our reach to influence policymakers in key international markets to American business
  • Build consensus with like-minded industry peers and participate in off-the-record briefings with policymakers both home and abroad.

News Stories

USCIB Statement on Workplace Equality for All (6/30/2020) - June 30, 2020, New York, New York — As Pride Month 2020 draws to a close, USCIB joins in applauding the
USCIB Joins With Global Community to Oppose Revision to ISO 26000 (6/25/2020) - USCIB joined with several other U.S. business associations in opposing a recent proposal to revise ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility,

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Press Releases

USCIB Statement on USMCA Entry Into Force (7/1/2020) - The U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents many of America’s leading global companies, welcomes today’s entry into force
USCIB Statement on Workplace Equality for All (6/30/2020) - June 30, 2020, New York, New York — As Pride Month 2020 draws to a close, USCIB joins in applauding the

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Chair

Laura Chapman Rubbo
Director, Responsible Governance and Supply Chain
The Walt Disney Company

Vice Chair

David N. Barnes
Vice President, Global Workforce Policy
IBM Corporation

Vice Chair

Tam Robert Nguyen
Global Head of Sustainability
Bechtel Corporation

Staff

Gabriella Rigg Herzog
Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs
212-703-5056 or at gherzog@uscib.org

 

Daniella Goncalves
Assistant Policy and Program Manager
212-703-5083 or at  dgoncalves@uscib.org

 

Kendall Thibeadeau
Policy and Program Assistant
212-703-5095 or at kthibeadeau@uscib.org