What is the Business Mechanism?

A network of companies that are ready to play a prominent role in advocating for fair and open immigration policies and for the economic case for migration. Its expertise feeds mainly into the GFMD.

It is coordinated by the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) and the WEF Global Future Council on migration.

The Business Mechanism, coordinated by the IOE, is the ideal platform to enhance public-private dialogue and deepen the engagement of international companies in the development of migration policy. Endorsed as a permanent feature of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, the Business Mechanism articulates the priorities of the private sector and brings its expertise in promoting more transparent, effective and humane migration policies, taking into account labour market needs and economic perspectives.

The meeting aims at compiling business input on labour migration and regional integration in Asia. The outcome will be presented at the GFMD Summit on 5-7 December in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Since the 2017 GFMD Summit in Berlin, the Business Mechanism has focused its work on the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), which reached agreement at the United Nations on 13 July 2018. The adoption of the GCM is planned for 10-11 December 2018 at a global conference, also to be held in Marrakesh.

Stéphanie Winet
Phone: +41 22 929 00 00
Email: info@gfmdbusinessmechanism.org

5 reasons to participate

Decrease the Difficulty and Cost of Recruitment

Shape policy that would ease recruitment efforts, decrease costs, and help scale your business. Improvement in migration policies and frameworks will allow your company to attract and retain top talent. The dissemination of evidence-based regional and global data indicating benefits from talent flow is necessary. Your expertise and experience are invaluable as we refine migration policy recommendations.

Make your Company Shape the Rules of the Game

The UN member states are negotiating a historic compact that aims to establish a global framework for managing migration. We are giving business a voice in the negotiations. We offer an avenue to contribute to the solutions of one of the largest current global challenges: the vast number of migrants moving around the globe.

Share Strategies for Integrating Immigrants into Your Workforce

The demographic challenges will make it harder to fill positions in your company. The economic case for migration is well proven. The private sector is a key actor in integrating immigrants into the workforce and thereby contributing to closing the skills gap.

Network with Peers and Engage Policymakers

We bring together business representatives from around the world and from a variety of industries. Our events convene representatives from national governments and international institutions, giving you a chance to hear from policymakers and share your perspectives.

Acquire Tools to Navigate the Complex World of Migration Policy and Regulation

Business and migration intersect in many ways. The Business covers a wide range of migration issues, giving you a fuller understanding as to the complexities of migration policy.


Stéphanie Winet

Phone : +41 22 929 00 00

Email : info@gfmdbusinessmechanism.org