In recent weeks, four new members have joined Engaging America’s Global Leadership (EAGL), a coalition of industry associations focused on smart U.S. engagement with global institutions such as the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to tackle a growing wave of troubling activities at these institutions that impact manufacturing competitiveness and jobs.
These new members continue to expand the coalition’s broad range of industry groups that are concerned with these growing issues, with EAGL members representing diverse industries such as dairy, chemicals, plastics, footwear and apparel, biotechnology, and consumer products. EAGL is pleased to welcome four new association members:
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is the national trade association representing the leading producers and marketers of distilled spirits in the United States. The distilled spirits industry is a major contributor to the nation’s economy generating over $160 billion in U.S. economic activity annually. Over 1.5 million people are employed in the United States in the production, distribution and sale of distilled spirits. The Council guards the sector against higher taxes and works diligently to reduce trade barriers across the globe, while supporting policies that increase adult market access for spirits products, provide greater convenience and choices for adult consumers, and encourage responsible and moderate consumption. The Council is a go-to resource for sector data, changes in public policy, cultural acceptance programs, U.S. spirits exports to foreign markets, and alcohol and science.
The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) is the leading business organization focused on advocating for a rules-based world economy. Founded in 1914 by a group of American companies that supported an open world trading system, the NFTC and its affiliates now serve more than 300 member companies through offices in Washington and New York, advocating the international and public policy priorities of its members on issues ranging from international trade, investment, tax, and export finance to human resource management.
The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) develops and carries out policies that advance the well-being of dairy producers and the cooperatives they own. The members of NMPF’s cooperatives produce the majority of the U.S. milk supply, making NMPF the voice of dairy producers on Capitol Hill and with government agencies. NMPF provides a forum through which dairy farmers and their cooperatives formulate policy on national issues that affect milk production and marketing. NMPF’s contribution to this policy is aimed at improving the economic interests of dairy farmers, thus assuring the nation’s consumers an adequate supply of pure, wholesome, and nutritious milk and dairy products.
The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) is a non-profit, independent membership organization that represents the global trade interests of U.S. dairy producers, proprietary processors and cooperatives, ingredient suppliers and export traders. Dairy Management Inc. founded USDEC in 1995 and, through the dairy checkoff program, is the organization’s primary funder. USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service provides export activity support, and membership dues fund the Council’s trade policy and lobbying activities.
These efforts reflect – and strengthen – EAGL efforts in recent weeks to engage with the administration and Congress, including a letter to the White House and Congress and an op-ed urging U.S. leadership and efforts to halt global institution initiatives and policies that threaten U.S. manufacturing jobs and exports.
Many of these troubling initiatives – which range widely from misguided policy proposals based on bad science and resolutions supporting discriminatory price controls to recommendations that undermine manufacturing jobs and innovation – remain out of step with the core missions of these institutions, have not been developed in a manner transparent or accountable to all stakeholders, and are not based on good regulatory practice or sound science.
In the weeks ahead, EAGL will continue to be a leading voice urging Congress and the Trump Administration to stand up for manufacturing in the United States through smart engagement and robust leadership within these international organizations to hold them accountable and promote progress and reform.