ACIP and SHRM Join Forces to Tackle the Most Pressing Global Talent Management Issues

Jun 5, 2012

With Strategic Affiliation, Associations Create Advocacy Powerhouse for Employers on Global Mobility Issues

Washington, D.C. – The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) have formed a new strategic affiliation to create unparalleled thought and advocacy leadership on the most pressing global talent management issues of the future. The organizations made the announcement today at ACIP’s 2012 Symposium, part of the association’s 40th anniversary celebration.

“As ACIP celebrates 40 years of excellence, we are thrilled to prepare for the next 40 with this strategic affiliation with SHRM,” said Lynn Shotwell, ACIP Executive Director. “The fundamental issue at the heart of this affiliation is helping organizations find highly educated talent – wherever they are.The race for the best and brightest talent to fill critical skills shortages and meet business needs has never been more competitive, and employers need to be smarter and more strategic in talent management and immigration.The ACIP-SHRM affiliation will help them do that.”

“SHRM’s size and resources, and ACIP’s expertise and influence on global talent mobility issues, make us a force that must be heard on immigration issues,” said SHRM President and CEO Henry G. (Hank) Jackson. “As a result, we will be more effective in public policy debates, more responsive to our members’ needs and more capable of creating the workforce of tomorrow.”

The organizations cited recent data showing the difficulty employers are having and will have in their search for the skilled employees who will help them meet their strategic business needs:

  • More than half of employers (52%) surveyed in a recent SHRM poll said that they are having a difficult time recruiting for specific jobs.
  • According to the same survey, those difficulties are particularly acute in manufacturing, where 68% of respondents have a difficult time filling specific jobs, and in high tech, where the percentage is 71%.
  • A study by the MetLife Foundation and Civic Ventures concluded that by 2018, the United States will have as many as four million open jobs – ALL of which will require skilled workers.

“The world has changed dramatically since I founded ACIP 40 years ago, but what has not changed is my vision for an ahead-of-the-curve organization that would be a leading voice for U.S. employers on global mobility and immigration issues,” said Austin Fragomen, Chairman of ACIP. “This new affiliation with SHRM will take that vision to the next level for another 40 years and beyond.”

“Part of SHRM’s long-term strategic growth plan is to be a global resource for HR professionals.The new affiliation with ACIP allows SHRM to immediately have a greater reach into critical global talent mobility issues,” said SHRM Board Chair Jose A. Berrios.

The strategic affiliation officially commences on July 1, 2012. For more information, visit or

About the American Council on International Personnel:
The American Council on International Personnel (ACIP) represents employers working to speed U.S. economic recovery, create new jobs for all Americans and advance American innovation. Our members are companies, universities, research institutions and organizations that employ the critical talent that has and will continue to build the U.S. economy and raise the standard of living for all Americans. We build the workforces necessary to keep America on the cutting edge of worldwide innovation and leading the global economy. Learn more at

About the Society for Human Resource Management:
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing about 260,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online ​and follow us on Twitter @SHRMPress.


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