Covid-19: What Employers Need to Prepare for Next



IOE is hosting a high-level digital conference with senior UN officials and business leaders on the next steps in a safe return to work on 25 February, 13:30-15:00 CEST.

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The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) is organising a high-level digital conference offering the latest insights from top UN officials and business leaders. This event will take place virtually on 25 February at 13:30-15:00 (CEST).

Issues such as how social distancing, protective devices, testing, vaccination and other preventative measures enable companies to bring staff back to workplaces and allow cross-border mobility, what are the practical experiences at company level with testing regimes, what international measures are necessary in terms of mutual recognition of test results and vaccinations, and what else is needed to open up economies will be covered extensively during this session.


13:30 – 13:35

Welcome: Mr.Erol Kiresepi, President, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

13:35 – 13:55

Opening remarks:

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO) - Pre-recorded video message

Mr. Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Office (ILO)

13:55 – 14:55



Keynote address moderated by IOE Secretary-General Roberto Suárez Santos

  • Dr. Katherine O’Brien, Director Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (WHO)
  • Mr. Steffen Kampeter, CEO, Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA)
  • Ms. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Prof. Mthunzi Mdwaba, Vice-President, IOE
  • Mr. Jérick Develle, VP Strategic Projects, Covid-19 Crisis and H&SE Ops Global Coordinator, The Adecco Group
  • Prof. Myriam Assa Sidibe, Founder, Author and Chief Mission Officer, Brands on a Mission and Research Fellow (Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
  • Prof. Scott C. Ratzan, co-founder of CONVINCE

14:55 – 15:00

Closing remarks: Mr. Roberto Suárez Santos, Secretary-General, IOE

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