Rethinking Business Contribution to the UN and the Multilateral System
BUSINESSAfrica - Employers Confederation congratulates the International Organization of Employers (IOE) on its centenary year.
During the IOE summit held on 2nd September 2020, speakers voiced strong support for social dialogue as a means of addressing industrial relations matters worldwide. There were also calls for governments to adopt an institutional framework for social partners and the business community to participate in multilateral decision- making organs.
“This is the time for the UN, Governments and Employers to work together to ensure that the pandemic does not become a Humanitarian Catastrophe,” said Mr. Erol Kiresepi, President of the International Organization of Employers (IOE).
In determining the path for the future of business action at the United Nations and the entire multilateral system, these were the emerging issues:
- The commitment by employers to continue engaging in Social dialogue and tripartism with governments and workers which is gradually becoming an accepted way of conducting business in the World of Work.
- The rationale and business case for the employer’s commitment to the International Labour Organization has to be renewed.
- The role and influence of employers within the United Nations system is important in influencing policy and improving relations between the business community and the UN.
- Policy makers must not assume the informal sector and must make the environment attractive for the informal sector to get into the mainstream formal business operations
Leaders from different employer and business organisations joined the UN Secretary General António Guterres to examine why the multilateral system is important for business, discuss the challenges from business’ view that the UN needs to improve its action on, and how Employers can support the UN – in New York and Geneva and at the country level. “The SDGs cannot succeed without the full engagement of the private sector. To build a better future, we need a global multilateral system that answers the real anxieties of people with practical responses,” said Mr. Guterres
The Secretary General BUSINESSAfrica, Mrs. Jacqueline Mugo led African employers in participating in the forum. This unique summit was very important in furthering the calls to bring the Global Voice of the Employers to the United Nations and the entire multilateral system.