More than four dozen HR leaders leaders based across the Americas came together in Miami, FL last week to discuss the toughest challenges they face in the Latin America region – and shared solutions that have worked for their companies.
For the keynote address, the President of the International Organization of Employers, Dr. Daniel Funes de Rioja, shared his insights on role multi-national enterprises must play globally and in the region. He brought an informed perspective about the importance of looking for opportunities to negotiate for the right solution, which is one which both creates opportunities for profitable business and provides a pathway to improved living standards and workforce participation at all levels of society.
Additionally, attendees heard from Brad Grider of HanesBrands, Inc. and their commitment to a responsible global supply chain, specifically related to positive labor practices in the Americas. In addition to a commitment to local law and international standards, Grider described how the company engages with its employees and suppliers to ensure quality facilities and recognition programs. He gave concrete examples about how they have greatly improved the lives and communities of employees in the Dominican Republic while also ensuring a highly productive and engaged workforce.
Alan Wild of IBM Corporation shared the insights about the rapidly evolving world of employee engagement and the convergence of employee engagement and labor relations. One example was the termination of a single employee outside the US which resulted in post which was ultimately retweeted more than four million times and led to headlines in news outlets globally.
Participants also heard recent research regarding the importance of acceleration in developing leadership and talent within an organization from Rubén Hillar of Heidrick & Struggles.
Throughout the session, member company panelists and legal experts shared their experiences in:
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