Banking

Trends and Challenges Facing the Banking Sector:

  • The banking sector requires standardization of international banking and commercial practice procedures to obtain increased efficiency and to ensure that parties to transactions are operating under the same assumptions to increase the likelihood of payment.
  • The banking sector needs decreased costs to international trade transactions.
  • Business needs a global set of forfeiting rules for both primary and secondary markets.

USCIB’s Response:

  • Promote standardization of international banking and commercial practices, which helps policymakers and standard-setters put programs and regulations in place that enhance business practices around the world.
  • USCIB, through the ICC Banking Commission, aims to overhaul the rules in different fields, such as international standard banking practice and forfeiting, as well as in traditional trade services, open account and supply chain financing, global regulation, legal and compliance issues and risk and asset management.
  • Ensure members have greater clarity and understanding of current practices by promoting the adoption and integration of the ICC’s Uniform Rules for Demand Guarantees (URDG), as well as the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP 600).
  • Facilitates the rapid settlement of disputes arising in banking by working through ICC to administer the ICC Rules for Documentary Instruments Dispute Resolution Expertise.
  • Responds to member inquiries regarding suspected cases of attempted financial fraud using falsified or illegitimate financial instruments or banking practices.

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 Gives Feedback on OECD New Approach to Economic Challenges Project (1/22/2015) - Authors of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “New Approach to Economic Challenges” report met with USCIB and member…
Global Trade Set to Benefit From ICC Trade Register Report (6/19/2014) - It has long been anecdotally known that trade finance is a low risk for lenders. That claim now has a…

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News Stories

USCIB Leads in Preparations for Upcoming China Meetings at OECD (4/27/2021) - USCIB members and staff played major roles in the April 23 China Expert Group’s preliminary meeting to preview and discuss…
USCIB Banking Committee Welcomes New Chair: Bank of America’s Geoff Brady (11/11/2020) - USCIB is pleased to announce the appointment of USCIB member Geoff Brady of Bank of America as new chair of…

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Press Releases

Now Available in USCIB International Bookstore: Uniform Rules for Bank Payment Obligations (6/13/2013) - New York, N.Y., June 13, 2013 – Uniform Rules for Bank Payment Obligations (BPOs), a 21st-century standard in supply-chain finance…
New Report Proves Trade Finance Is Low-Risk, Asks Regulators and G20 to Unlock Trade (10/26/2011) - Beijing and New York, N.Y., October 26, 2011 –The rules set by bank regulators impose unwarranted capital requirements that choke…

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Op-Eds and Speeches

SMEs Face Significant Financing Gap (7/22/2013) - Speaking at the World Trade Organization’s annual “aid-for-trade” review earlier this month, a representative of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)…
The Future of Trade Finance: Outlook 2011 (5/23/2011) - As 2009 ended, we viewed the global economy – and its lifeblood, trade – through the prism of cautious optimism.…

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Chair

Geoff Brady
Head of Global Trade and Supply Chain Finance
Bank of America

Staff

Christopher Olsen
Policy Manager, Regulation and Trade
202-617-3156 or colsen@uscib.org

 

 

China

Trends and Challenges Facing Companies in China:

  • China is the United States’ second largest trading partner, has the world’s second largest GDP and is a critical player in the world economy.
  • Despite being an important trading partner, trade-restrictive requirements persist for USCIB members doing business in China, including on government procurement, burdensome restrictions on the cross-border flow of data and continued intellectual property violations in audiovisual, software, agriculture biotechnology and chemicals.

USCIB’s Response:

  • Advocate U.S. business views on China’s progress toward implementing its WTO accession obligations, specifically with USTR and the U.S. government interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee, while supporting the current work on the U.S.-China Bilateral Investment Treaty.
  • Provide a forum for business representatives, U.S. government officials and China experts from multilateral institutions to advance projects in high priority areas to the U.S. business community.
  • Engage U.S. business in government-to-government processes, including the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade and the Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
  • Monitor legislative and regulatory developments in the National People’s Congress and the central government in China.
  • With our sister business organizations in China—the China Chamber of International Commerce (ICC China) and the China Enterprise Confederation (IOE China)—we address top issues facing U.S. companies engaged in trade and investment with China.

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 Welcomes Senate’s Unanimous Confirmation Vote on USTR Tai - USCIB salutes the Senate for its unanimous vote on March 17 to confirm Katherine Tai as the next U.S. Trade…
USCIB Submits Comments to USTR on China’s Compliance With WTO - USCIB submitted comments on China’s compliance with WTO commitments on September 17. The comments were in response to the U.S.…

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News Stories

USCIB Comments on China’s Compliance With Its WTO Commitments (9/22/2021) - USCIB submitted comments September 15 in response to the U.S. Trade Representatives request for input into China’s compliance with its World Trade…
Donnelly, Hampl Help Lead Business Input on OECD China Work (5/5/2021) - USCIB Senior Advisor Shaun Donnelly and member company Dell staffer Eva Hampl led a significant “kick-off” session for Business at…

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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 Urges Ongoing US-China Negotiations (8/14/2019) - Washington, D.C., August 13, 2019 – In response to President Trump’s announcement earlier today to delay implementation of a ten…

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Chair

Vacant

Staff

Alice Slayton Clark
Director, Investment, Trade and China
asclark@uscib.org

Staff

Christopher Olsen
Policy Manager, Regulation and Trade
202-617-3156 or colsen@uscib.org

 

 

Climate Change & Energy

Trends and Challenges Facing U.S. Business:

  • The Paris Climate Agreement builds on UN member countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions, or pledges, in which nearly all countries have committed to lowering greenhouse gas emissions along with other steps in coming years, looking ahead to 2030. However, current national pledges will not deliver necessary reductions to limit anticipated climate change, and pressure is mounting on all countries to take more ambitious action and mobilize public and private resources. In this connection, the right frameworks for transparency to ensure countries are taking the actions pledged will be critical.
  • While business action and technical knowledge is more important than ever, some governments have called for limiting or banning business involvement in the UN climate deliberations. In the absence of a recognized channel for business expertise and engagement in this complex UN structure, neither countries nor the global community will be able to catalyze the needed actions, investments and innovations in the absence of enhanced substantive and technical involvement of business.
  • The Paris Agreement impacts global markets and, subsequently U.S. business, including emissions trading and carbon pricing, trade measures and barriers as result of the “unlevel” playing field resulting from diverse national pledges.
  • US companies continue to face uncertainty and challenges in terms of costs and security of energy access and mix; the OECD and IEA continue to provide analysis and scenarios relating to expected and needed energy infrastructure investment.

USCIB’s Response:

  • Encourage the US to stay actively involved in the UN climate treaty, and to remain in the Paris Agreement, to defend and advance US economic interests, and to fight against proposals that would undermine US competitiveness, or block business involvement in the UNFCCC.
  • Seek opportunities to design international climate cooperation that works with markets and business to deploy investment and innovation and to encourage companies in all sectors to integrate climate mitigation into their activities, supply and value chains.
  • Work with members to dialogue with foreign governments and UN officials on the private sector’s expertise in measuring, reporting and verification—essential to assess countries’ comparative efforts on climate change policy.
  • Advocates for appropriate regulatory frameworks to protect investments in green technology and deploy technology through trade and commercial transactions.
  • Advocate that UN negotiations must not give rise to barriers to trade and investment or overlook the role financial institutions play in the UN’s efforts to mobilize funds for climate action. In fact, trade encourages climate-friendly investments and broad dissemination of cleaner technologies and energy sources.
  • Highlight and communicate U.S. business expertise and views on more accessible, affordable and cleaner energy systems in the context of environmental risks, climate change considerations, economic growth and free and open markets in international policy deliberations.
  • Promote global energy systems that allow U.S. companies to compete and flourish, to develop and disseminate more sustainable and efficient energy systems and technologies and to manage and improve energy use, conservation and environmental/social impacts, in line with SDG7.
  • Encourage integration of international energy policy issues across other policy areas: promoting enabling frameworks to encourage investment and innovation while promoting more sustainable and environmentally friendly development and commercial activity.
  • Carbon pricing is an important, but not the only, market-based climate policy tool. Countries have unique economic and energy circumstances and goals, so any such pricing at the international level needs to reflect those realities.

 

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

As COP26 Concludes, USCIB Calls for a New Inclusive and More Ambitious Approach (11/16/2021) - While COP26 came dangerously close to a “Copenhagen” breakdown over a lack of trust in the process due to last…
COP26: US Business States Support for Inclusive Action on Outcomes (11/16/2021) - The United States Council for International Business commends the strong efforts of the U.S. delegation, the UK Presidency and other…

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Op-Ed: Business Must Come Together to Respond to COVID-19 Now (3/30/2020) - Earlier this month, nearly 500 experts in public health, law and human rights wrote an open letter to U.S Vice…
USCIB Calls for a Moonshot Mindset in the Business and Government Response to COVID-19 Virus (3/12/2020) - USCIB and Business Partners for Sustainable Development (BPSD) today called for a cooperative, unified, business and government response to the…

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Vice Chairs

Paul Hagen
Director
Beveridge & Diamond, PC

Catherine McKalip-Thompson
Manager of Sustainability
Bechtel Corporation

Justin Perrettson
Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures
Novozymes

Staff

Norine Kennedy
Vice President, Strategic International Engagement, Energy and Environmental Affairs
212-703-5052 or nkennedy@uscib.org

Claudia Herbert Colfer
Policy & Program Associate
212-703-5082 or ccolfer@uscib.org

 

Competition

Trends and Challenges Facing U.S. Business:

  • The U.S. government continues to look to the International Competition Network (ICN) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to foster international convergence and cooperation on competition law, including the coordination of cartel enforcement
  • S. companies need a unified voice to serve in both the ICN and OECD on competition law, international engagement, trade-related competition issues and mergers.

 

 

 

USCIB’s Response:

  • Through Business at OECD, USCIB serves as a strong voice for business at both the OECD and the ICN on international convergence and cooperation discussions.
  • Promote international legal policies that favor an open and competitive environment for U.S. business.
  • Monitor global competition developments and contribute industry’s perspective through USCIB’s network.
  • Advise U.S. government officials, including the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, on business positions concerning international antitrust issues and secure support for those positions in international forums.

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 Competition Group Meets With FTC Commissioner, Discusses US Antitrust Developments (12/1/2021) - The USCIB Competition Committee convened virtually November 12 for its semiannual meeting to discuss updates on antitrust at the national…

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Accepting USCIB Amicus Position, Appeals Court Rejects FTC Approach to Antitrust Liability for Trademark Settlements (6/16/2021) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has vacated the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) decision that 1-800 Contacts…

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Chair

Dina Kallay
Head of Antitrust (IPR, Americas & Asia-Pacific)
Ericsson

Vice Chair

Jennifer Patterson
Partner
Kaye Scholer

Staff

Alice Slayton Clark
Director, Investment, Trade and China
asclark@uscib.org

Christopher Olsen
Policy & Program Associate, Washington
202-617-3156 or colsen@uscib.org

 

Customs and Trade Facilitation

Trends and Challenges in Customs:

  • Unnecessary and burdensome barriers to trade can cost companies and national economies billions of dollars.
  • Global convergence and modernization of customs practices are necessary for efficient supply chains.
  • Trade facilitation and robust implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) are critical to members of the trade. The TFA promises to streamline customs processes and procedures, provide increased transparency, predictability, and speed the movement of goods across borders around the world.

 

USCIB Meets With WCO Secretary-General Dr. Kunio Mikuriya

Current Priorities

  • Customs and Trade Facilitation in the COVID-19 crisis environment including, but not limited to border closures, overall trade facilitation, and movement of vital goods (e.g., critical medical supplies and equipment, and other essential goods like chemicals, foods, fuel, and more) and essential workers.
    • Click here to visit our dedicated page on COVID-19 for messages from our CEO, press releases, member-driven initiatives, and more.
  • E-Commerce in the Customs space (e.g., WCO Cross-Border E-Commerce Framework of Standards)
  • Forced labor Guidance and direction
  • Classification, valuation, origin, focus on WCO and WTO, where applicable
  • CTPAT, Trusted Trader, Minimum Security Criteria (MSC), Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs)  WCO Safe Framework

USCIB’s Response:

  • Provide thoughtful and focused U.S. domestic and international recommendations on Customs and Trade Facilitation matters in the COVID-19 crisis environment.
  • Represent USCIB members at the World Customs Organization (WCO) Harmonized System (HSC) and related meetings.
  • Advocate for robust and meaningful implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) signed into law in 2019 (e.g., forced labor, duty drawback).
  • Advance thoughtful consensus, member-supported, comments which often take into consideration potential implementation issues and/or unintended consequences on such key issues as Customs matters in the crisis environment, Customs and Trade Facilitation provisions in FTAs, forced labor, domestic and international e-commerce efforts in the customs space related to physical goods movement (e.g., WCO Frameworkof Standards).
  • Represent our members in efforts to secure the global classification of products at WCO.
  • Advocate for business on issues such as forced labor, E-Commerce, and more.
  • Meet with U.S. government officials at the key agencies of  Department of Commerce, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Department of Treasury, and Department of State to ensure that U.S. business interests are well reflected in U.S. government positions.
  • Promote the reduction of trade barriers and transaction costs at the border, as well as in customs control practices and advocates for the harmonization of global customs procedures by leveraging various fora and government agencies.

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 Welcomes Senate’s Unanimous Confirmation Vote on USTR Tai (3/18/2021) - USCIB salutes the Senate for its unanimous vote on March 17 to confirm Katherine Tai as the next U.S. Trade…
USCIB Announces 2021 Priority Issues for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) (1/6/2021) - Washington D.C., January 5, 2020 — The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents many of America’s leading…

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News Stories

USCIB Meets With Ngozi to Enhance Synergies Between WTO and US Industry - U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO and USCIB Trustee Suzanne Clark hosted a meeting of top U.S. trade association leaders on…
USCIB Member HP Presents at WTO Symposium on Information Technology Agreement - The World Trade Organization (WTO) hosted a two-day workshop in mid-September celebrating trade liberalization under the Information Technology Agreement titled…

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Press Releases

USCIB Supports New Public Education Initiative to Combat Black Market Trade (6/9/2021) - USCIB joined United to Safeguard America from Illegal Trade (USA-IT) in launching a new public education initiative designed to provide…
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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Op-Eds and Speeches

Donnelly Co-Authors Op-Ed in The Hill on Commercial Diplomacy (2/3/2021) - USCIB Senior Advisor Shaun Donnelly and his longtime State Department colleague Ambassador (ret.) Tony Wayne recently co-wrote an op-ed in…
Op-Ed: Business Must Come Together to Respond to COVID-19 Now (3/30/2020) - Earlier this month, nearly 500 experts in public health, law and human rights wrote an open letter to U.S Vice…

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Chair

James J. (Jerry) Cook
Vice President
Government & Trade Relations
HanesBrands, Inc.

Staff

Megan Giblin
Director
Customs & Trade Facilitation
202-371-9235 or mgiblin@uscib.org

Staff

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

 

Environment

Trends and Challenges in Environmental Policy Debates:

  • The Paris Agreement, the United Nations 2030 Development Agenda, and the UN Environment Program’s (UNEP) Environment Assembly are reshaping the rules for international commerce and will have a lasting regulatory and reputational impact for US business, affecting market access and investment. Emerging issues, including linkages between international health and environmental policy, have the potential to re-open established policies and practices and could lead to higher costs and other burdens.
  • Rights-based approaches to environmental matters will be part of a proposed Global Pact for Environment, to be launched by the UN and with a potentially broad scope of environmental issues within its mandate for negotiations ahead.
  • Business requires enabling frameworks for investment, action, collaboration and innovation when it comes to promoting environmental stewardship and good practice.

 

 

USCIB’s Response:

  • Advocate across multiple channels to establish a recognized business channel into the UNFCCC process, as well as to other UN forums tasked with environment and sustainable development policy. Intergovernmental environmental initiatives will not work if they don’t work with, and for, the private sector, especially since business is expected to support, finance and report on progress.
  • Argue for open markets for trade and investment and IPR protection as essential prerequisites to enable the private sector to provide the innovation, technology and finances needed for international cooperation on climate change and other transboundary environmental issues agreement.
  • Lead a campaign in DC and across multiple UN forums to make the case for inclusion of U.S. business positions and technical input relating to climate change and sustainable development discussions at the following forums:
    • At the UN, where we have official observer status at the UNFCCC, ECOSOC and UNEP
    • At the Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF), where we are forging stronger links between the business communities of the major emitting countries
    • In Washington, where we are advocating directly to the U.S. government
    • OECD
    • Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)

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.

 

2020 Calendar

Please find USCIB’s 2020 Environmental and Sustainability Calendar here (provisional)

News Stories

COP26: US Business States Support for Inclusive Action on Outcomes (11/16/2021) - The United States Council for International Business commends the strong efforts of the U.S. delegation, the UK Presidency and other…
UN Climate Agreement in the Balance: Role of Business in Innovation and Investment (11/10/2021) - As the second week of the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP26) was underway in Glasgow, USCIB and its…

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Press Releases

USCIB Announces New Policy Leadership (2/3/2021) - Brian Lowry New York, N.Y., February 01, 2021: The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Brian Lowry,…
USCIB Encourages Biden Environmental Nominees to Engage on Multilateral Issues (12/21/2020) - New York, N.Y., December 18, 2020: The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) issued a statement today by its…

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Op-Ed: Business Must Come Together to Respond to COVID-19 Now (3/30/2020) - Earlier this month, nearly 500 experts in public health, law and human rights wrote an open letter to U.S Vice…

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USCIB Calls for a Moonshot Mindset in the Business and Government Response to COVID-19 Virus (3/12/2020) - USCIB and Business Partners for Sustainable Development (BPSD) today called for a cooperative, unified, business and government response to the…

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Vice Chairs

Paul Hagen
Director
Beveridge & Diamond, PC

Catherine McKalip-Thompson
Manager of Sustainability, Infrastructure
Bechtel Corporation

Justin Perrettson
Head of Sustainability Partnerships, Scouting & Ventures
Novozymes

Staff

Norine Kennedy
Senior Vice President, Policy and Global Strategy
212-703-5052 or nkennedy@uscib.org

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

 

European Union

Trends and Challenges for U.S. Companies in the EU:

  • The U.S. and EU share the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world. While their approaches to common economic issues often diverge, their longstanding and integrated commercial ties help foster a harmonized and mutually beneficial partnership.
  • U.S. companies hold an important stake in trade issues that arise on both sides of the Atlantic that affect jobs, standards and the regulatory environment.

 

USCIB’s Response:

  • Monitors European political developments that have an impact on U.S. business interests.
  • Fosters multilateral work on the transatlantic dialogue.
  • Strongly supports the elimination of trade barriers between the U.S. and EU.
  • Facilitates the engagement of U.S. business in bilateral dialogues, including the Transatlantic Economic Council, and actively contributes to industry coalitions that follow EU affairs.
  • Holds meetings with officials of the European Commission and the U.S. government on issues vetted with members in multilateral forums, including investment, environment and trade liberalization.

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 Competition Group Meets With FTC Commissioner, Discusses US Antitrust Developments (12/1/2021) - The USCIB Competition Committee convened virtually November 12 for its semiannual meeting to discuss updates on antitrust at the national…
USCIB Letter Urges Agreement on EU-US Personal Data Flows (7/28/2021) - USCIB submitted a letter to both the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo and the European Commissioner for Justice…

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Press Releases

Digital Economy Architects to Keynote at Joint OECD, Business at OECD and USCIB Conference (3/16/2021) - USCIB joined with the OECD and Business at OECD (BIAC) to organize a Digital Economy Conference focusing on "A Decade…
USCIB Welcomes Treasury White Paper Criticizing EU State Aid Investigations (8/24/2016) - USCIB welcomed the U.S. Treasury’s statement criticizing the European Commission’s ongoing state aid investigations, aimed at recouping prior-year tax benefits.

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Staff Contact

Alice Slayton Clark
Director, Investment, Trade and China
asclark@uscib.org

Staff Contact

Christopher Olsen
Policy Manager, Regulation and Trade
202-617-3156 or colsen@uscib.org

 

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Working Group

USCIB supports the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. As the only U.S. business group with UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) NGO observer status, USCIB brings the voice of American business to key UN deliberations pertaining to sustainability, working closely with its global sister business organizations, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE).

The SDG Working Group informs UN policy deliberations, and facilitates ongoing dialogue with UN officials, U.S. representatives to the UN, as well as other governmental representatives, business organizations and key stakeholders. In addition, it provides a platform for USCIB members to showcase their actions and initiatives to deliver the SDGs, through side events, webinars and the Business for 2030 webpage.

Objectives:

USCIB’s SDG Working Group invites member participation from all sustainability related USCIB Committees, including Environment and CR/LA groups. The SDG Working Group:

  • Advocates balanced economic, environmental and social policy frameworks to deliver the SDGs, mobilizing public private partnerships, and enhancing meaningful and substantive engagement of the private sector.
  • Calls for inclusive multilateralism that provides transparent and meaningful opportunities for all sectors of business to contribute to scientific assessment, inform policy deliberations, and track, measure and improve implementation.
  • Monitors and weighs in on business relevant UN deliberations under the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a focus on where business helps advance the SDGs.
  • Provides U.S. business views and involvement in relevant UN meetings, such as UN ECOSOC Partnership Forum, Science, Technology and Innovation Forum and Financing for Development meetings, leading up to the annual UN High Level Political Forum and the opening weeks of the UN General Assembly.
  • Highlights U.S. business initiatives to integrate and deliver the SDGs, especially through the USCIB Business for 2030 website.

Priorities for 2021 – 2022

The primary focus of UN discussions will continue to be on pandemic response and recovery, as the entire organization turns its attention to tackling thus multi-dimensional crisis, and develops proposals for integrated actions to “build back better.” Increasingly, UN institutions.
Other major developments in 2021 – 2022 include UN wide efforts to accelerate implementation of the SDGs and get back on track to meet 2030 targets, and follow-up from the UN General Assembly UN75 Global Dialogue, setting into motion consideration of options to make the UN more meaningful and responsive to current and future challenges.
USCIB’s SDG Group will continue to:

  • Express business views in favor of good governance and rule of law, enabling frameworks for private sector infrastructure investment and innovation, and the importance of rigorous metrics and indicators to track progress in SDG implementation.
  • Draw attention to the role of the private sector in converging pandemic recovery and sustainability action, and shine a spotlight on public private partnerships with and through the UN system.
  • Inform the review of both the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the HLPF, with a view to strengthening their effectiveness in advancing the 2030 Global Goals.
  • Work with USCIB All In UN75 initiative and other business partners to make the case for inclusive multilateralism and public private sector partnerships with and through the United Nations.
  • Maintain close cooperation with U.S. Missions to the UN in New York and Geneva to advance enabling frameworks for private sector solutions and engagement across the 17 SDGs.
  • Continue to support of the Business and Industry Major Group as a recognized constituency in the United Nations in New York, for which USCIB serves as a co-chair.

Background

Launched in 2015, the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals represented a global consensus blueprint, setting out 17 goals and 169 targets for sustainability by 2030. The SDGs were developed in an inclusive series of meetings that sought and included input from non-governmental interests, and USCIB was able to observe and feed in its members’ views in the process – especially in including economic, job creation, partnership and good governance as integral elements of the SDGs and UN 2030 Agenda. USCIB has also represented its members in every meeting of the UN High Level Political Forum, the specific UN body that reviews national actions and seeks to strengthen implementation of the SDGs.

Chair

Tam Nguyen
Global Head of Sustainability, Bechtel and General Manager, Bechtel.Org

Staff

Norine Kennedy
Senior Vice President, Policy and Global Strategy
212-703-5052 or nkennedy@uscib.org

Staff

Ashley Harrington
Policy & Program Associate, Washington
202-682-5861 or aharrington@uscib.org

Financial Services

Trends and Challenges for the Financial Services Sector:

  • Actions by governments and central banks following the financial crisis to reduce interest rates, help recapitalize major banks, and get credit flowing more normally were necessary steps toward restoring confidence in the banking system, although they have not yet produced their full effect.
  • Financial markets need stability and an effective regulatory and supervisory framework.

USCIB’s Response:

  • Develop recommendations for governments and international organizations on international economic and financial policy, investment, and debt, U.S. monetary and exchange rate policies, and structural issues
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of information and ideas on U.S. and international economic policy issues.
  • Support WTO negotiations that include all aspects of financial services, emphasizing transparency of existing rules, regulatory reform and liberalization of barriers.
  • Avoid financial and investment protectionism.
  • Maximize ICC contributions promoting WTO financial services liberalization, including implementation of an active program informing governments of ICC positions on liberalization of financial services and insurance.

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

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…
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…

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News Stories

USCIB Leads in Preparations for Upcoming China Meetings at OECD (4/27/2021) - USCIB members and staff played major roles in the April 23 China Expert Group’s preliminary meeting to preview and discuss…
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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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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Donnelly Joins USCIB as Vice President of Investment and Financial Services (9/7/2011) - New York, N.Y., September 7, 2011 – Shaun Donnelly, a career diplomat who has held several senior executive branch posts,…

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Staff

Alice Slayton Clark
Director, Investment, Trade and China
asclark@uscib.org

Shaun Donnelly
Senior Advisor
sdonnelly@uscib.org

Staff

Christopher Olsen
Policy Manager, Regulation and Trade
202-617-3156 or colsen@uscib.org

 

Marketing and Advertising

Trends and Challenges Facing Advertisers:

  • New regulations and policies at the national and global levels that threaten to restrict some types of advertising such as food and beverage marketing, social media, and marketing to children
  • New opportunities to extend self-regulation of marketing and advertising in key countries and regions

 

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.

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…
ICC Statement on Code Interpretation/Reference Guide on Advertising to Children (12/15/2016) - The Reference Guide on Advertising to Children can be found here.  ICC Statement on Code Interpretation The International Chamber of Commerce Consolidated…

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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 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…

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Press Releases

New Marketing Code Raises Consumer Protection Standards Around the World (9/15/2011) - New York, N.Y., September 15, 2011 –New protection for Internet users – along with detailed standards for marketers selling to…

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Getting the Green Message Right: A New Framework for Environmental Marketing (1/26/2010) - New York, N.Y., January 26, 2010 –  As more consumers consider environmental features important in their purchasing decisions, businesses have…

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Chair

Brent Sanders
Associate General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation

Vice Chair

Carla Michelotti
Marketing Consultant & International Advertising Association Vice President

Staff

Kira Yevtukhova 
Acting Director of Communications
202-617-3160 or kyevtukhova@uscib.org

Claudia Herbert Colfer
Policy and Program Associate
212-703-5082 or ccolfer@uscib.org