The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) is the voice of the businesses community in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It acts as an independent international business association devoted to advising government policymakers at the OECD and related fora.
ACCA is also very committed in engaging and advising policymakers at national, EU and international level on a broad range of global issues. The global accountancy body believes that coordinated action is the best way forward towards balanced reforms, consistent and coherent policies and regulation, and for a global level playing field.
Helen Brand, Chief Executive of ACCA says: 'ACCA is very proud to be officially part of the Associated Experts Group (AEG) of BIAC. We strongly support its aims to engineer private sector-led growth and job creation.
'We look forward to supporting BIAC in its mission of sharing the insights of the business community and providing critical input to OECD thinking, in order to positively influence the direction of OECD's policy initiatives and ensure that companies' needs are adequately addressed in OECD policy decision instruments.'
BIAC’s members are major business organisations in 33 OECD Member countries. Through its 38 policy groups covering the most business-relevant work streams of the OECD; BIAC, with the support of its members, observers and associate experts, participates in meetings, global forums and consultations with OECD leadership, government delegates, committees and working groups. It also provides responses to OECD working papers and develops positions on issues that businesses feel should be further addressed at OECD-level.
Helen Brand stresses 'One of the issues that ACCA would like to address with the help of BIAC is an explicit recognition by policymakers of the ability of the SME sector to generate job growth. We call on commensurate attention to be given in the development of public policy to maximising the potential of this sector in this crucial respect. We are also particularly interested to share our views with fellow BIAC experts on issues such as tax reform, financial crime, ethics, corporate as well as public sector governance, sustainability and education.
'The announced aims of the OECD and of BIAC include the re-building of trust in the public and private sectors and striving towards a more resilient, inclusive form of growth. This could not be closer to ACCA’s heart. We are therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to bring our expertise and experience to the service of these influential forums' Helen Brand concludes.