The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) joined forces with its member the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) to organize the first Global Employers’ Summit in Bahrain from October 6 to 7 under the auspices of Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. At the summit, IOE leaders signed the Bahrain Deceleration, underscoring the business’s commitment to the United Nations 2030 Development Agenda.
Organized around seven panel sessions, high-level speakers led the interactive debates on several topics including the free movement of workers, trade and jobs, global youth unemployment, and business and human rights. Also high on the agenda was an exploration of how business can contribute to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recently adopted by the UN General Assembly.
USCIB Senior Counsel Ronnie Goldberg attended the summit and unveiled USCIB’s Business for 2030 website, designed to showcase the private sector’s contributions to the UN SDGs. Part informative resource, part catalogue of business engagement, Business for 2030 features over 120 examples from 30 companies in over 100 countries of how businesses are helping to achieve 70 of the 169 SDG targets.
The Summit concluded with the signing of the Bahrain Declaration by BCCI Chairman Khalid Abdulrahman Almoaymed, and IOE President Daniel Funes de Rioja, reflecting the concrete commitment of the global employer community towards:
- Fostering job creation
- Creating labor market opportunities for young people and women
- Ensuring employment is safe and occurs in the formal economy
- Making labor migration a win-win situation
- Strengthening implementation of international commitments
The declaration acknowledges the role business plays in contributing to the concerted global effort towards achieving shared progress and prosperity. It further reinforces business support for the SDGs, and represents a clear expression of readiness to cooperate at national and international levels to reach the global development targets. It goes on to mark a renewed commitment to engage with trade unions and all other stakeholders to contribute to more and better jobs, growth and prosperity, and provides reaffirmation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as a means to guide businesses as they seek to respect human rights throughout their operations.
In addition to contributions as speakers and moderators at the Summit, delegates from the International Organisation of Employers, including Goldberg, met in private session with Prince Salman to discuss the key role of business in the economic and social development of Bahrain.