Economic Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy

Analyzing and Communicating America’s Economic Foreign Policy

Our division leads the Bureau’s strategic planning, analysis, press engagement, and public outreach on U.S. economic and business foreign policy. We inform domestic and international audiences how smart economic foreign policy expands opportunities for American workers and businesses in our increasingly global world. Looking forward and at the world around us, we strategize for a more prosperous and secure future for America and our allies. A large part of this is accomplished through responsible business conduct advocacy and our leading relationship with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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Telling our story at home and abroad: We engage domestic and international media to explain how our Bureau supports the policy that economic security is national security. We inform the American people and global audiences about how the Bureau advances U.S. economic and businesses’ interests. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Medium, and Dipnote for the latest updates on how we work to empower growth and secure our future. For press inquiries and speaker requests for your organization, school, or company please contact us at EPPDMedia@state.gov.

Promoting Responsible Business Conduct: The Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) team engages companies, labor groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and other governments to promote and support responsible business practices globally. The team coordinates the Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence, which has recognized U.S. companies that uphold high standards as responsible members of their communities for nearly 20 years. The RBC team offers a dispute resolution and mediation process that can assist companies, labor groups, and NGOs when issues arise related to implementing responsible business conduct in a company’s operations. This service is called the U.S. National Contact Point for the OECD Guidelines and helps promote awareness on issues such as labor rights, human rights, anti-corruption, supply chain due diligence, and more. The team also manages the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy (ACIEP), a group of private and public sector stakeholders that meet to advise the U.S. government on international economic issues and their impact on the United States.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): After World War II, the United States and European nations founded a forum for economic cooperation to build an economic foundation for lasting peace. Since 1961, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has grown to 35 member states that work with more than 70 non-member states to promote economic growth and prosperity. Delegates from over 30 U.S. government agencies participate in OECD committees and working groups covering everything from taxation and macroeconomic policy to small business and agriculture. The Economic and Business Affairs Bureau leads the U.S. relationship with the OECD, coordinating U.S. government policy, supporting U.S. delegations to OECD committees, and supporting the U.S. Mission to the OECD.

The OECD promotes sound economic and social policies, freer markets, and the adoption of best practices. U.S. businesses benefit from OECD work that supports a fair and reciprocal market economic system, as well as regulatory consistency and predictability to create a level playing field for U.S. businesses worldwide. For example, the United States worked with the OECD to internationalize the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, helping to level the playing field for U.S. businesses by combating bribery and its negative effects on the marketplace.