The Council for Multilateral Business Diplomacy provides a program to help respond to global challenges and opportunities facing the international business community. The program is designed to bring business together with the many institutions and international organizations based in Europe that directly affect the commercial and regulatory environment for international business.
Geneva and other capitals of Europe are the meeting places of many of the organizations and people that deliberate over global issues concerning trade, finance, investment, intellectual property, health, labor, human rights, and international standards. Increasingly, these deliberations are impacting the way business is able to operate – both globally, where they set the policies for global operations, and nationally, where national governments increasingly apply internationally developed standards for the regulation of their own economies and societies. These are organizations that are having significant immediate and long-term impact on corporate profitability and on risk management and strategic planning.
Membership in the Council for Multilateral Business Diplomacy is by invitation to corporations doing business in the global market place. Member corporations may be headquartered in the Americas, Europe, Asia, or Africa; have a presence in or near Geneva or have an interest in the activities of the international organizations there and elsewhere in Europe.
The value of the Council for Multilateral Business Diplomacy program is broad. The Council provides an informal, non-adversarial space for business discussion, networking and, most of all, engagement, with the international organizations and other international actors that are having an impact on global business operations. The Council also provides opportunities for businesses to engage directly with key officials in the international organizations, with a three-fold purpose:
- The Council serves as an information clearinghouse on decisions taken, decisions pending and decisions contemplated as the international organizations establish their priorities, conduct their meetings and issue their declarations.
- The Council serves as a channel for information on the business perspectives to be shared with international organizations and other international actors.
- The Council also serves as a forum for businesses to interact with each other, to share experiences and insights in their manner of engagement with the international organizations and other international actors.
Click HERE to see the CMBD Membership Statement
Services provided inlcude the following:
- The Council secretariat provides support to members with briefing reports in advance of Council meetings, reports on the Council meetings themselves, and email alerts on significant events affecting the international business community
- The Council maintains this website providing members with exclusive access to reports of all Council meetings, directories with contact information for key personnel in the international organizations, a planning calendar that provides information on upcoming events at international organizations, and a newsroom with consolidated news feeds from all of the major international governmental organizations and selected NGOs and diplomatic missions.
- The Council publishes the weekly CMBD News providing a commentary by the Council’s Directors, giving insights on key current events, providing links to current releases of major news items from international organizations, and links to key current and upcoming events.