The 103rd International Labor Conference wrapped up last week in Geneva, concluding the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) high-level deliberations that brought together government delegates from the organization’s 185 member states, representatives from workers’ organizations and employers’ organizations to discuss a wide range of employment and workforce development issues.
During the International Organization of Employers (IOE) Leaders’ Summit, the Employers’ Group paid tribute to Ed Potter, the employers’ spokesperson, thanking him for his many years of expertise and service to the employer cause at the International Labor Conference.
Potter serves chairs USCIB’s Labor and Employment Committee and is the director of global workplace rights at The Coca-Cola Company. After three decades of championing business at the ILO Conference, Potter will retire next year. His work in this year’s discussion on forced labor was described as “masterful.”
At the proposal of Peter Woolford of the Canadian Employers’ Council, Potter received a standing ovation from the Employers’ Group at the IOE Leaders’ Summit for his many years of dedication, expertise and service. Looking back at 1980, when Potter’s ILO Conference career kicked off, Woolford reminisced that the Berlin Wall still stood, Lech Walesa was making waves in Poland, two guys were working in a garage in California on something that would become a fruit-branded personal computer, and Swedish pop band Abba was at the top of the charts; appropriately with “Super Trouper.”
USCIB held a dinner on June 11 in Geneva at the Cercle de la Terasse, hosted by USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson, in honor of both Potter and USCIB Senior Counsel Ronnie Goldberg, who had been reelected as U.S. member of the ILO Governing Body. Robinson and USCIB Vice President for Labor Affairs Ariel Meyerstein toasted Potter and Goldberg “for their decades of service representing business and employers, working in tripartite partnership to promote economic growth, job creation and social development.”
Guests included ILO Director General Guy Ryder, IOE Secretary General Brent Wilton, IOE Chairman Daniel Funes de Rioja, and other colleagues from the government, business, and trade union communities.