The first meeting of the new Latin America Employee Relations Group. Open to LAMERG members and members of HR Policy's Global Alliance (BEERG, AMERG and APERG).
Dr. Daniel Funes de Rioja, our keynote speaker, is President of the International Organization of Employers in the tripartite structure of the International Labor Organization, and a member in the G20 process and co-chair of the B20 Task Force on Employment. We expect that he will address a variety of topics related to both Latin America and the broader role of corporations as organizations impacting global development. Dr. Funes is also active in the OECD-based Business and Industry Advisory Committee and is the President of COPAL, Argentina’s leading food and beverage industry association. Dr. Funes is the founder of Funes de Rioja & Asociados, a law firm based in Buenos Aires with offices in more than 40 countries.
We have other noteworthy speakers whose details are being confirmed, including a representative from the labor movement to provide their view about Latin America workforce issues.
Alan Wild, Vice President of Human Resources, Employee Relations and Engagement at IBM, will share their use of social media as part of their employee and labor relations strategy in Latin America and other markets. These approaches have been critical to resolving difficult workplace issues in ways which resonate with a “connected” workforce. He will also review their use of transparent, real-time sentiment tracking to understand the broader engagement profile of the workforce. Their approach applies new analytics to existing systems and operates at all levels and job groups in the organization. IBM is quickly gaining insight about how corporate messages and events are resonating globally. The presentation has recently been shared with a handful of IBM’s key customers. These presentations are powerful and interesting, and may well cause you to rethink how you prepare for bargaining and communicate with employees.
Brad Grider from Hanesbrands has a terrific presentation on their Latin America supply chain. Hanesbrands has chosen to emphasize company-operated production sites for their garment brands as part of an overall business and workforce strategy. A key element of that strategy is the protection of their corporate reputation. His discussion covers their approach on engaging with country leaders to create a positive environment and high standards for the workforce. The approach has been validated through external audits, and reaffirms the importance of local commitment and execution as part of any strategy. Brad has been a highly regarded presenter at several HR Policy programs, and his remarks are always extremely practical and inspiring.
As a counter-point to Brad’s presentation, Auret Van Heerdon, formerly the leader of the Fair Labor Association and, more recently, the founder of Equiception, has been invited to share his insights about regional workforce and labor issues. These include the results of audits he has performed in several sectors, including agriculture, electronics, and garments. He will also discuss new trends and efforts to connect consumers, students, academics, NGO’s, and local unions in ways which can impact company reputations.
As always, there will country and issue-focused discussions. We will be looking for panelists to discuss some of the countries which have not been covered previously. This could include Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama in Central America, and Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in South America. Contributions about Caribbean experience are also welcome. Panels on the more traditional major markets are expected.