On October 6-7th in Bahrain, the first Global Employers’ Summit was held. It was organized by the International Organization of Employers and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry under the patronage of Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.
The objective of the Summit was to discuss key areas of entrepreneurs’ interests, including employee mobility, human rights, promoting integration and diversity and the role of the financial sector.
The event was attended by representatives of IOE, (a.o. President Daniel Funes de Rioja and Secretary General Linda Kromjong), ILO (Chairman Guy Ryder), OECD (Deputy Director General Stephan Kapferer), Chairman of BIAC Phil O’Reilly, as well as representatives of chambers of commerce and industry from Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and global business and employers.
Employers of Poland were represented by Vicepresident Andrzej Jacaszek, who moderated a panel entitled „Trade, employment and economic growth – their mutual relations”. Mirosław Gronicki PhD was a special guest with a lecture on the impact of financial markets on global economy.
The Summit concluded with the signing of the Bahrain Declaration by BCCI Chairman Khalid Abdulrahman Almoaymed, and IOE President Daniel Funes de Rioja, reflecting the concrete commitment of the global employer community towards:
The Declaration acknowledges in particular the role of business in contributing to the concerted global effort towards achieving shared progress and prosperity. It further reinforces business support for the SDGs, and represents a clear expression of readiness to cooperate at national and international level to reach the global development targets. It goes on to mark a renewed commitment to engage with trade unions and all other stakeholders to contribute to more and better jobs, growth and prosperity, and provides reaffirmation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as the ILO MNE Declaration, as a means to guide businesses as they seek to respect human rights throughout their operations.