OECD Forum 2012: Philip J. Jennings


Philip J. Jennings

General Secretary, UNI - Global Union



Philip J. Jennings has been General Secretary of UNI Global Union since its creation on 1 January 2000. Today membership and influence continue to grow and the organisation counts 20 million members in 150 nations and 900 unions. UNI is a real force in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. To date UNI has negotiated more than 40 global agreements with leading multinationals. In a globalisation process gone wrong, he sees unions as part of the solution to build a sustainable and fairer global economy. He firmly believes that it is time for big business to work together with global unions to ‘change the rules of the game’ and create a more responsible world. He has taken this message to the G20, IMF, World Bank, OECD and the World Economic Forum – tireless in his pursuit of a ‘seat at the table’ for working people. Philip was instrumental in ensuring that the labour movement finally achieved a seat at the G20 table with the establishment of the Labour 20 (L20) which is now an integral part of the G20. Philip also chaired the Commission on the Future of the Irish Trade Union Movement. In 2011, Philip accepted the nomination of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to serve a three-year term on the board of the UN Global Compact. He also received the Nagasaki International Peace and Friendship prize from Nagasaki City Major Tomihisa Taue, and was appointed Ambassador for the Prefecture of Nagasaki by Governor Hodo Nakamura. Philip is alumnus of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Leadership Development Conferences. In 2010 and 2011, Philip was included in the Bilan Magazine list of the most influential people in Switzerland. He was also voted as one of the top 100 personalities by the Swiss L’Hebdo publication.







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