SHRM and CFGI Represent the Employer Community at the International Labour Conference

By Andrew Yewdell, Jul 15, 2016


For the second year in a row, SHRM and its affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), were invited to serve as U.S. employer representatives at the International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, Switzerland. Functioning as the legislative body of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the ILC convenes government officials and employers' and workers' representatives to address global workplace issues. All international labor standardsbinding conventions and nonbinding recommendations—are developed at the ILC, and its proceedings guide the work of the ILO.

SHRM and CFGI served as members of the committee responsible for developing a proposed recommendation on employment policy in post-conflict and post-disaster environments. As part of this process, SHRM and CFGI  worked with representatives from over 100 governments on the committee and were then appointed to the Drafting Committee, which ensured that the final report to the ILO accurately reflected decisions made by the full committee. CFGI staff member Andrew Yewdell culminated the trip with a floor speech to the entire ILC where he emphasized the need for pragmatic and flexible employment policies in the wake of a crisis.​

While the U.S. government has ratified few international labor standards, many SHRM and CFGI members have operations in countries that consistently adopt these standards. Moreover, ILO standards often influence employment policy in the United States. In this respect, participating in the ILC allows SHRM and CFGI to help shape employment policy before it's debated and implemented at a national level.


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