Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC)
The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) to the OECD was formed in 1962 to enable business and industry to have an official input into OECD policy making through an independent organization. BIAC refers to itself as the "Voice of Business at the OECD" and represents the ‘principal industrial and employer’s organizations in OECD countries’ including US Council for International Business (USCIB), the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).
According to its website its aims include:
- Positively influencing the direction of OECD policy initiatives;
- Ensuring business and industry needs are adequately addressed in OECD policy decision instruments (policy advocacy), which influence national legislation;
- Providing members with timely information on OECD policies and their implications for business and industry.
BIAC ‘offers business and industry an excellent opportunity to participate in inter-governmental discussions on policy issues, thus giving the business community a chance to shape the development of long-term policies in OECD countries.’
During 2009 "more than 2100 business representatives were actively involved in the work of the OECD through BIAC" and its 37 policy committees.
- 'BIAC', OECD Watch