Global Employer´s Forum in Mendoza

B20 held the Global Employer´s Forum in the City of Mendoza on September 6th

The Global Employer´s Forum was held at the Park Hyatt Hotel in the city of Mendoza and co-hosted by Deloitte and the International Organisation of Employers (OIE). The event was the last in-person meeting held by the B20 Employment & Education Task Force. The Forum was attended by business leaders and representatives of international organizations and held in the framework of the G20 Employment and Education Ministerial meetings celebrated in the first week of September in Mendoza.

The meeting was opened by B20 Chair Daniel Funes de Rioja and IOE President Erol Kiresepi.

“1300 million people around the world are currently informally employed. B20 has worked on recommendations with the goal of encouraging companies to formalize their situation. Working together with state agencies and tax incentives will lead to increasing formal employment and reducing unemployment. We presented recommendations to improve infrastructure and educational resources focused on broadening the access to education,” said Daniel Funes de Rioja.

The first panel focused on “Promoting Inclusion and Diversity” and included Martín Umaran (B20 Education and Employment Task Force Deputy Chair and Chief of Staff at Globant), Diego Bekerman (B20 Education and Employment Task Force Co-Chair and Director General at Microsoft), Veronica Melian (Americas Human Capital Leader at Deloitte), Annemarie Muntz (B20 Education and Employment Task Force Co-Chair and Managing Director Group Public Affairs at Randstad N.V.) and Mthunzi Mdwaba (Vice-President at International Organisation of Employers).

“We need to adapt our education and labor systems to the digital revolution. We need to develop new ways to address this reality and battle this revolution with new tools,” said Martín Umaran.

“Social innovation is essential, we need to address informality, allow for the diversity of the workforce and get people skilled and upskilled,” said Annemarie Muntz.

Ellen Yost of Fragomen focused on Migration and the importance of labour mobility for business: “The participation of the private sector is essential to the development of policies and practices on international labor migration”.

The next panel focused on “L20 and turning G20 into an engine for inclusive growth and employment creation” and featured Erol Kiresepi, Marta Pujadas (Director of Legal Affairs at UOCRA) in representation of Gerardo Martinez (L20 Chair), Sharan Burrow (Secretary General at ITUC), Carolina Castro (B20 Executive Sherpa) and moderator Matthias Thorns (Director of Stakeholder Engagement at International Organisation of Employers).

Guy Ryder (Director General at International Labour Organization) focused on multilateral cooperation as precondition for growth and development: “The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development is key because it positions the private sector as the essential actor for the development of its goals. The support of companies to the 2030 agenda requires aligning the business models to these goals.”

B20 Policy Sherpa Fernando Landa focused on the G20/B20 employment process under the Argentine G20 Presidency and stated: “New technologies not only need to be adopted, they need to be widely promoted and avoid further gaps. Starting now, we need industry 4.0 and AI national policies, and education supporting change.”

The following panel focused on Sustainable Development Goals and featured Kyra Kaszynski (Global Public Policy at Deloitte), Dante Pesce (UN Working Group Business and Human Rights) and Peter Robinson (B20 Education and Employment Task Force Co-Chair and President and CEO at USCIB).

The final panel on “Inclusion and Diversity” included Bettina Schaller (Director Group Public Affairs at Adecco), Gerhard F. Braun (Vice-President at BDA), Stefano Scarpetta (Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at OECD) and moderator Carolina Castro.

B20 Chair Daniel Funes de Rioja and IOE President Erol Kiresepi closed the event.

The Forum was followed by a dinner with G20 Employment Ministers during which Fernando Landa and Sharon Burrow presented the B20 & L20 Joint Document entitled “A common message on skills and social protection for inclusive growth”.

The B20 Summit will held on the October 4th and 5th in Buenos Aires.