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News Stories

Climate Workshop Emphasizes Business Engagement (10/16/2018) - The Major Economies Business Forum (BizMEF), of which USCIB is a leading member, joined forces with the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (Business at OECD) to convene a day long workshop at the OECD Conference Center on October 10 in Paris. The objective of the meeting was to present a draft USCIB report on Business Engagement in Implementation of National Pledges under the Paris Agreement, and to discuss what will be necessary to mobilize business action, investment and innovation to advance national and global actions toward the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement.
USCIB Hosts Arbitration Luncheon on B2B Data Breaches Disputes (10/16/2018) - USCIB's Arbitration Committee hosted a luncheon with Squire Patton Boggs on October 3 focusing on Arbitrating B2B data breach disputes. As data breaches are increasingly more common, business-to-business (“B2B”) disputes arising from security incidents between companies are also on the rise. The program focused on the coming wave of data privacy and security disputes between businesses, the legal claims and defenses asserted in these cases and the key role of ADR in resolving these disputes.
Business Unites in Opposition to Draft Human Rights Treaty Targeting Companies (10/16/2018) - This week in Geneva, at the fourth session of a UN working group charged with reviewing standards for companies with respect to human rights, the global business community has united in opposition to a proposed “zero draft” of a treaty on business and human rights.
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Press Releases

USCIB Welcomes Trilateral Update of NAFTA (10/1/2018) - USCIB Welcomes Trilateral Update of NAFTA
USCIB Decries Further Escalation of China Tariffs (9/18/2018) - “American business reiterates its call for the U.S. and China to take immediate steps to de-escalate their trade conflict."
USCIB Statement on Announcement of U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal (8/27/2018) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s most successful global companies, released the following statement on the U.S.-Mexico trade deal announced today: “USCIB is encouraged that the Trump Administration and Mexico have reached an agreement in principle to modernize NAFTA. Updating the 25-year-old agreement has been a priority for the U.S. business community. We look forward to seeing the details of the agreement and if they effectively address our members’ key issues and concerns. In this regard, we are troubled by indications that certain investor protections have been removed or reserved only for specific sectors.

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Upcoming Events

  • OECD/BIAC Trade and Investment Committees

    OECD and BIAC will host their Trade and Investment Committees meetings in Paris October 22-26

    October 22 - October 26 at
  • BSR Conference

    November 6-8 New York, NY The Leading Event for Collaboration and Action on Sustainable Business The BSR Conference is one of the most important annua...

    November 6 - November 8 at

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From the President

Education and Re-skilling in the Age of AI (5/29/2018) - Business and policy leaders are joining together to help the workforce adapt to AI and automation, write the OECD's Andreas Schleicher, USCIB's Peter Robinson and Shea Gopaul of the Global Apprenticeship Network.
The Hill: Trump Aiming to Make NAFTA Like a Football Game Without Referees (4/26/2018) - The Hill: Trump Aiming to Make NAFTA Like a Football Game Without Referees

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Op-Eds and Speeches

Op-Ed Dispels Myths of Business “Conflict of Interest” at UN (9/25/2018) - As the annual United Nations General Assembly is underway in New York this week and next, USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson contributed a timely op-ed in The Hill, titled "UN's private-sector phobia prevents if from hitting its lofty goals."
USCIB Statement on Announcement of U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal (8/27/2018) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), which represents America’s most successful global companies, released the following statement on the U.S.-Mexico trade deal announced today: “USCIB is encouraged that the Trump Administration and Mexico have reached an agreement in principle to modernize NAFTA. Updating the 25-year-old agreement has been a priority for the U.S. business community. We look forward to seeing the details of the agreement and if they effectively address our members’ key issues and concerns. In this regard, we are troubled by indications that certain investor protections have been removed or reserved only for specific sectors.

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Member and Staff News

International Business Handshake USCIB Welcomes New CFO: Declan Daly (8/27/2018) - 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.
Ellen Blackler of Disney Named to Chair USCIB’s ICT Policy Committee (8/20/2018) - 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 Wal Disney Company, as chair of its Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Committee.
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Media Coverage

Donnelly Talks Trade and Diplomacy (and Soybeans) in Podcast Interview (8/16/2018) - USCIB's Shaun Donnelly takes listeners of the "American Diplomat" podcast on a deep dive into American commercial diplomacy.
In BBC Interview, Mulligan Shares Thoughts on G20 Meeting (7/24/2018) - G20 Finance Ministers gathered in Argentina over the weekend to raise concerns over growing tensions between the United States and its major trading partners. Following the meetings, BBC’s Aaron Heslehurst spoke with USCIB Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs Rob Mulligan as part of BBC’s Talking Business segment regarding international trade tensions that may undermine the global economy and stunt growth.

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Positions and Statements

USCIB Welcomes Trilateral Update of NAFTA (10/1/2018) - USCIB Welcomes Trilateral Update of NAFTA
Op-Ed Dispels Myths of Business “Conflict of Interest” at UN (9/25/2018) - As the annual United Nations General Assembly is underway in New York this week and next, USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson contributed a timely op-ed in The Hill, titled "UN's private-sector phobia prevents if from hitting its lofty goals."

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Big Ideas

Post-Brexit Trade: An Opportunity to Set New Standards (3/12/2018) - As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, the country is at a crossroads. To deliver success means delivering trade deals fast, and the only way to do that is to be more innovative, explains Chris Southworth, the secretary general of ICC United Kingdom.
The Big Idea: UN Climate Talks: Why the Private Sector Needs to Be Involved Now (5/1/2015) - UN engagement with the private sector is imperative from both an economic and environmental standpoint. We need to manage and address the risks of climate change, and doing so requires engaging all countries and societal partners. USCIB wants to make sure negotiators do not miss the opportunity to anchor business in climate deliberations.

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