USCIB Welcomes New Co-Chairs of the Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs Committee

USCIB is pleased to announce our new Co-Chairs of the USCIB Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee, IBM Vice President of Global Workforce Policy David Barnes and Bechtel Corporation’s Global Head of Sustainability and General Manager for bechtel.org Tam Nguyen.

Barnes leads IBM’s global agenda in workforce public policy and is based in Washington DC. He oversees IBM’s advocacy on a range of issues including the future of work, labor and employment rules, skills and education, diversity and the use of AI in employment. He engages on these topics with government leaders and in multilateral fora such as the G7, the EU and at the OECD where he is Vice Chair of the Business at OECD Employment, Labor and Social Affairs Committee. Barnes has been in active participant in USCIB’s Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs committee, including serving as vice chair for the past 2 years.

Nguyen has twenty years of progressive, diversified experience in sustainability, corporate strategy and management, business development, and intrapreneurship. He’s the global head of sustainability for Bechtel Corporation, an international engineering and construction company, and general manager of bechtel.org, its social enterprise. He formulated Bechtel’s sustainability strategy, directed implementation and supports integration across the enterprise and its ESG process. He also prepared Bechtel’s net zero blueprint and led the implementation of its human rights program. Nguyen is a member of the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation Advisory Council, vice-chair of the corporate responsibility committee and former chair of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) working group of the USCIB, and a board member of Chevron’s Niger Delta Partnership Initiative – a social enterprise he helped create.

“David and Tam bring extensive knowledge and expertise in many fields, including labor relations, sustainability, corporate responsibility and responsible business conduct,” said USCIB Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Gabriella Rigg Herzog. “We thank David and Tam for accepting these Co-Chair leadership roles, and we thank our outgoing Chair – Laura Rubbo of The Walt Disney Company – for her years of valued service.”

USCIB Announces Leadership Change in Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs Work

Laura Rubbo attends USCIB’s 2019 International Leadership Award Dinner
L-R: Peter Robinson (USCIB), Laura Rubbo (The Walt Disney Company), Guy Ryder (ILO), Terry McGraw (USCIB and formerly S&P Global)

USCIB has announced that after nearly eight years of outstanding leadership, Executive Director for Global Public Policy at The Walt Disney Company Laura Chapman Rubbo is stepping down from the chairmanship of USCIB’s Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs Committee (CR/LA).

One of the leading global practitioners in the fields of Corporate Responsibility, Labor, and Responsible Business Conduct, Rubbo has held the Committee’s Chairperson role for over seven years and served as its Vice Chair for two years as well. As an ambassador for the profession, Rubbo has constantly driven improvements and innovations in the social compliance programs of some of the world’s largest companies and across high impact industries.

“Laura’s insights and experience have served the Committee and our Members,” said USCIB Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Gabriella Rigg Herzog. “She has strengthened our engagement with key multilateral bodies like the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as important U.S. Government Agencies like the Departments of State and Labor, the United States Trade Representative and the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Geneva. Understanding first-hand the importance of stakeholder engagement and collaboration, Laura has also meaningfully advanced USCIB’s alliance building with its employer peers around the world via our unique global affiliations – the International Organization of Employers (IOE), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and Business at OECD.”

“I remain so impressed by the sophistication and depth with which USCIB helps member companies engage in critical international policy discussions related to corporate responsibility and international labor affairs,” said Rubbo. “Their global network is unparalleled. I’ve also been so enriched by the collaboration with committee staff and members, who are some of the world’s leading experts on corporate responsibility. I will continue to be an ardent supporter and cheerleader of USCIB’s work in this arena.”

USCIB expresses its sincere appreciation to Laura Rubbo for her years of service. We also welcome David Barnes of IBM and Tam Nguyen of Bechtel as Co-Chairs of the USCIB Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs Committee.

USCIB Members General Motors and Uber Receive Accolades from the Coalition for Integrity

The Coalition for Integrity (“C4I”), a top Washington-based group promoting integrity and combatting bribery and corruption, handed out its two major awards for 2022 at its annual session late May 19. Both awards went to USCIB members. General Motors won the prestigious Corporate Leadership Award, the eighth time in ten years that a USCIB member company has been selected, according to USCIB Senior Advisor Shaun Donnelly, a former U.S. Ambassador. GM and its CEO Mary Barra were singled out by C4I for its broad corporate culture of integrity, exemplified by its strong Code of Conduct and a mantra “Winning with Integrity.” GM Assistant General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Michael Ortwein accepted the award on behalf of the company and gave brief remarks, thanking the coalition and reaffirming GM’s commitment to integrity in all aspects of its business and at all levels. GM joins other USCIB members, including Bechtel, Raytheon, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and General Electric in winning the coveted C4I award.

The Coalition’s other major annual award is its Integrity Award to a prominent individual for her/his leadership efforts in combatting corruption and illicit practices. Previous winners have included former President Jimmy Carter, the late Senators John McCain and Richard Lugar, former World Bank President Jim Wolfensohn, and Dr. Anthony Fauci.  For 2022, C4I is honoring, Tony West for his career achievements promoting integrity and combatting corruption.  West is currently Chief Legal Officer for USCIB member Uber. He has previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, Associate Attorney General, which is the third highest position in the Department of Justice, and in the private sector as General Counsel at PepsiCo and in his current role at Uber. The Coalition cited West’s “leadership and efforts to promote accountability in the public and private sectors” in selecting him for this year’s Integrity Award. In 2015, when PepsiCo was honored with the Corporate Leadership Award, Tony West accepted the award on behalf of the company at the Coalition’s annual dinner in Washington. He thus becomes the first person to receive both the Coalition for Integrity’s Corporate Leadership Award and the individual Integrity Award.

Donnelly is a longtime member of the Coalition for Integrity’s Policy Advisory Board. Donnelly, who attended the C4I virtual awards ceremony, commended the Coalition for Integrity and the award winners for their leadership in combatting bribery and corruption and in promoting accountability, strong corporate governance and ethical behavior.

“It was great, again this year, to see outstanding USCIB member companies recognized for their leadership in this important area,” said Donnelly. “We as USCIB are proud of the high ethical standards our member companies set, implement and enforce, year in and year out.”

Job Opening: Policy and Program Associate, Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs, New York City

Position: Policy and Program Associate, Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs

Organization: United States Council for International Business

Reports to: Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs

THE OPPORTUNITY – About USCIB

Founded in 1945, USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org

POSITION SUMMARY

Supports the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs on a variety of projects involving the development and dissemination of USCIB policy positions, research papers and meeting preparation and materials. Also supports participation and representation of USCIB at key United Nations meetings, including the UN SDGs High Level Political Forum and the UN General Assembly. Supports USCIB member engagement and development.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Maintain substantive knowledge of key labor, corporate responsibility, business & human rights, sustainability and/or corporate governance issue areas at intergovernmental and national levels globally; Identify, track, and summarize key issues and developments, and disseminate updates to members.
  • Build dialogue and mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders on the priority issue areas noted above, including with representatives of the U.S. Government, Civil Society Organizations, IOE, BIAC, ICC and their national employer organization members.
  • Participate in internal USCIB planning meetings. Coordinate development of agendas for and participate in Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Committee (CR/LA Committee), SDG Working Group and Corporate Governance Committee (CG Committee) in-person meetings, committee webinars and conference calls. Participate in the CR/LA, SDG & CG Committee annual planning and strategic review meetings. Maintain CR/LA, SDG & CG Committee activity, progress, and benchmarking tools.
  • Attend meetings and events relevant to CR/LA, SDG & CG policy committees and engagement strategy around NYC, Washington, DC and internationally, as needed; be able to represent USCIB positions; provide notes to staff and members.
  • Participate in USCIB UN Sustainable Development Goals Working Group activities, follow and report on UN SDGs developments, and support development of the Business for 2030 website.
  • Draft, proofread and edit various products including policy statements, press releases, blogs, letters, committee newsletters, presentations, final papers and formal comments/responses to U.S. government or multilateral institution invitations for comments on policy documents. Develop content updates for relevant portions of the USCIB website, including the CR/LA & CG Committee sections.
  • Develop and plan engagement opportunities for members on key issues areas including business and human rights, regulatory developments, future of work, etc.
  • Participate in and report on key external initiatives, as directed.
  • Make contacts with members and potential members as necessary; provide assistance to membership department in recruiting and provision of member information. and taking minutes and providing summaries of meetings

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree is required, as well as excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Master’s degree or equivalent experience a plus. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, WordPress, content management systems and other computer and web-based programs, including Squarespace and diverse forms of social media. Must be detail-oriented and have strong client-oriented interpersonal, administrative and organization skills. Interest in international business policy issues or international relations a plus.

BENEFITS

  • This position is an outstanding opportunity for a highly motivated individual.
  • The starting salary will be commensurate with candidate experience.
  • Health, dental, vision, Rx, long-term disability, short-term disability, and life insurance
  • Vacation, PTO, and holidays (and summer hours….2pm closings on Fridays)
  • Matching 401(k)

Submit resume to resume@uscib.org.

Job Opening: International Trade Policy Research Intern – Washington D.C. Office (remote work possible)

Position: International Trade Policy Research Intern

Organization: United States Council for International Business

Office: Washington D.C.

Reports to: Policy and Program Managers

Duration: 8 weeks, Summer 2022. Dates flexible. Open to Part-Time or Full-Time depending on candidate’s availability.

Compensation: $2,000

The Opportunity – About USCIB:

Founded in 1945, USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence.  Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Organization of Employers and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org

General Description

Main areas of responsibility:

  • In collaboration with the policy staff, the intern will update a variety of USCIB policy documents focused on global trade, international investment, intergovernmental forums [e.g., APEC] and multilateral institutions [e.g., WTO].
  • Additional responsibilities will include implementation of projects involving the development and dissemination of USCIB policy positions on international business policy issues, particularly related to trade, investment, and customs, which will include research, analysis and initial drafting of policy papers, blog posts and other website content and social media outreach.
  • Additional miscellaneous projects as needed and as time permits.

Qualifications

Graduate student with a background in international economics, international affairs, international trade, international law or other related areas. Candidates for master’s in international relations or business administration or law degrees welcome. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English as well as computer proficiency are essential. Must be detail oriented, have strong interpersonal, administrative and organization skills with interest in international relations, trade, and investment policy issues.

Responsibilities

  • Research and writing related to the update and production of USCIB documents on international policy matters and in response to requests for public comments.
  • Coordination of member comments on international affiliate papers and drafts, as well as drafting of other papers and documents.
  • Assist with management of documents and communications with USCIB members, international affiliates and international organizations related to this work and as needed.

How to Apply

Please email resume, cover letter and 2 writing samples to Ashley Harrington (resume@uscib.org), along with your dates of availability. Deadline: February 15, 2022.

USCIB Joins IOE in Mourning the Passing of IOE Honorary President François Perigot

François Perigot

USCIB is joining the International Organization of Employers (IOE) in mourning the passing of François Perigot, who served as IOE President from 2001-2006, after which he was given the role of Honorary President.

Perigot was widely known throughout the employer community as an individual with strong and deep human values, and a forceful believer and advocate for employer organizations. He made significant contributions, during his tenure at IOE, to promoting and protecting employer interests worldwide. He particularly stood out for his unwavering commitment to champion the international business community.

“He was a man of great stature, and IOE and its members were fortunate to have him as their President,” commented Ronnie Goldberg, USCIB senior counsel and former IOE vice president.

As a member of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation, he participated in the elaboration of the report “A fair globalisation: Creating opportunities for All,” presented to the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2004.

Perigot was also widely respected businessman and served as president of CNPF (the French employer organization, now known as MEDEF) from 1986 – 1994, and President of MEDEF International from 1997 – 2005.

USCIB Welcomes New Policy Staff Members

USCIB has welcomed several new policy support staff at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. In November, USCIB welcomed Katya Nicholas as USCIB’s new Executive Assistant, Office of the President replacing Crys Won who has left the position in March 2021. Agnes Vinblad joined later in November as USCIB Policy and Program Associate, Sustainability. Finally, USCIB welcomed Angela Goulovitch, starting most recently on January 3, 2022 as Policy and Program Associate, Corporate Responsibility & Labor Affairs.

Katya Nicholas

For the past several years, Katya Nicholas has served in a number of C-Suite EA positions in New York and San Francisco, including for a marketing technology company and a technical company supporting the automotive retail industry. Her experience includes calendar, travel, and project management; team coordination; event management and meeting logistics; communications and HR. Nicholas has expressed great interest in USCIB’s mission, and is an internationalist herself. She was born in St. Petersburg, and lived in Prague and Vienna before moving to California.

She has an MA in Communications/Translation and Interpreting (English/French/Russian) and also speaks Czech, Spanish and German. She has certificates in High-Tech Product Management/Marketing and Project Management from UC Berkeley. She is also a photographer and certified Clifton Strengths Assessment coach. Nicholas is based in USCIB’s New York office.

Agnes Vinblad

Agnes Vinblad is based in USCIB’s New York office, working closely with USCIB Senior Vice President, Policy and Global Strategy Norine Kennedy, supporting USCIB’s advocacy and representation at the UN and other inter-governmental forums relating to environment and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, including the SDGs. Vinblad brings professional experience with the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, where she spent the past two years working with questions related to youth, the SDGs and social innovation.

She has held other short-term appointments with multiple NGOs and international organizations. Additionally, Vinblad holds private sector experience from working in strategy consulting and other administrative roles. In 2018, Vinblad was appointed as a Delegate for the Y7 (Youth 7) – one of the official G7 Engagement Groups. This opportunity brought her to both Brussels, Belgium and Ottawa, Canada. She has lived and worked in Norway, China, Hong Kong, as well as her native Sweden, prior to settling in New York.

Angela Goulovitch

Angela Goulovitch is based in USCIB’s New York office, working closely with USCIB Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Labor Affairs Gabriella Rigg Herzog on USCIB advocacy work and Member engagement on cross-cutting issues of corporate responsibility and responsible business conduct, labor, corporate governance, human rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Goulovitch joins USCIB with over 10 years of professional experience in the public and private sectors, with a strong track record of excellence in communications, project management and partnership building, among other areas. Most recently, Goulovitch served as External Advisor on UN affairs for the International Organization of Employers (IOE), where she tracked policy developments, conducted external engagements, and fostered cooperation between employer organizations and UN Resident Coordinators.

Before that, Goulovitch served as a Knowledge Specialist with the International Labor Organization (ILO), where she researched and wrote publications on government and company policy best practices that promote women’s economic empowerment. Goulovitch also has private sector experience in the financial services sector where she worked in client service, as well as public sector experience from her time interning for the U.S. Department of State and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President. Originally from Ukraine, Goulovitch completed her Master of Arts degree in International Relations from New York University in 2018, and is also a true New Yorker – raised and still living in Brooklyn, NY.

 

USCIB Members Honored With Corporate Startup Stars Awards; Pfizer Earns 2021 Grand Winner

On occasion of the annual Corporate Startup Stars Awards, startups were asked to nominate corporates most active in open innovation. Launched by Mind the Bridge under the European Commission’s Startup Europe Partnership initiative in 2016, the Awards have been scaled globally by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

One company that has consistently pursued Open Innovation with Purpose and involving all nations, all genders, all generations is the 2021 Grand Winner, USCIB member Pfizer.

Pfizer’s partnership with startup BioNTech epitomizes this by crossing national, generational and gender borders to come together and help the world with its COVID-19 vaccine.

Along with Pfizer, other USCIB member companies named in the 2021 Top 25 Corporate Startup Stars are: AB InBev, BP, Mastercard and SAP. 

The 25 companies awarded in the “Open Innovation Challengers” category include USCIB members Bayer AG, Boeing and Hewlett Packard.

Regional Awards go to Mastercard (North America).

Special awards for seven categories single out approaches and best practices that merit recognition:

  • Startup Procurement Award
    AB Inbev
  • Corporate Startup Accelerator Award
    Mastercard and SAP
  • Startup Investment Award
    AEI HorizonX (Boeing)

During the Awards Ceremony, Mind the Bridge presented key evidence emerging from its Report “Evolve or Be Extinct. Future Models of Open Innovation from the 2021 Global Corporate Startup Stars” that analyses how Fortune 500/Forbes 2000 companies interact with startups and scaleups at global level.

Download the Mind the Bridge report Report “Evolve or Be Extinct, Future Models of Open Innovation from the 2021 Global Corporate Startup Stars.

See here for the full story on ICC’s website.

Mastercard Wins Coveted State Department “ACE” Corporate Excellence Award for 2021

In a virtual ceremony on December 8, Secretary of State Tony Blinken announced the U.S. company winners of the Department’s 2021 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). For the sixteenth time in the twenty-two years that the ACE award has been presented, a USCIB member company is among the winners.

This year, Mastercard received the ACE award in the multinational company category for “Economic Inclusion,” recognizing its path-breaking work in India to expand financial services to under-banked communities. Mastercard and the U.S. company winners in other categories were honored for their contribution to economic and social progress around the world and the advancement of American values. Secretary Blinken, the U.S. Charge d’Affaires in India, and senior State Department economic officials participated in the virtual ceremony.

Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach accepted the award on behalf for the entire Mastercard team and delivered brief remarks. The State Department website includes details on the award and video link to the ceremony. Mastercard’s public statement also includes interesting details.

In the twenty-two years the State Department has been presenting the ACE Award, sixteen times at least one USCIB member company has been honored. Last year The Coco-Cola Company was a winner for its impressive efforts for Women’s Economic Empowerment in Azerbaijan. In 2019, PepsiCo and Procter & Gamble were among the winners.

“We are delighted that again this year, the State Department’s coveted ACE award winners include a great USCIB member company,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robionson. “This is not a coincidence. USCIB members are widely recognized here at home and around the world not only as successful business and leaders in their respective sectors but also as representing the best of American business and our ability to spread American values of inclusion, respect, enlightened personnel policies, investing in employees and communities and responsible stewardship of the environment.  We congratulate and commend Mastercard on its imprssive effots in India and beyond and welcome them to a very impressive club of USCIB member winners of the ACE Award.”

Wanner Receives ‘2021 Community Recognition’ for Leadership Role in ICANN

Barbara Wanner at an ICANN meeting in 2017

USCIB Vice President for ICT Policy Barbara Wanner, who has served as a Business Constituency on ICANN since 2013, has received a 2021 Community Recognition for her dedication to ICANN’s mission and for their invaluable contributions. Wanner is among forty-nine other community leaders to have received a Community Recognition this year.

“The ICANN Board, community, and organization are grateful for the community’s tireless efforts and cooperative spirit shown over the last year,” said David Olive, ICANN Senior Vice President for Policy Development Support and Managing Director for Washington DC. “The collaborative contributions that community members have made through our Supporting Organizations, Advisory Committees, and other groups are central to supporting ICANN’s mission. ICANN org is proud to help facilitate this work toward ensuring the security, stability, and resilience of the Internet.”

“I am honored to have received this recognition from ICANN,” said Wanner. “USCIB’s role in ICANN ensures that policies governing management of the domain name system (DNS) continue to uphold safe, secure, sustainable and resilient operation of the DNS system and the functionality of the Internet. I look forward to continuing to work with my peers and colleagues at ICANN, along with USCIB members to furthering this crucial goal.”

The ICANN Board passed a formal resolution to recognize community leaders.