The US-ASEAN Business Council Inc. (Council) was established in 2001 as a non-profit organization. On behalf of its members, the Council conducts research and analysis of economic, environmental, financial, political, and social, conditions in the ten countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam comprise the ten nations of ASEAN.
The Council utilizes the results of its research and analysis to assist its member companies by providing educational programs, technical information for product innovation, and trade and investment related activities. Through its 501c3 arm, the Council provides support for humanitarian efforts, community engagement, and educational scholarships. The Council has become the leading voice of the U.S. private sector in promoting mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships between the U.S. and the ten countries of Southeast Asia.
The Council supports the interests of 175 member companies by providing advocacy, thought leadership, research, education, intelligence, and building key business relationships. Worldwide, the Council's members generate over $7 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people. The Council is the only American organization formally recognized in the ASEAN Charter and meets annually with the Finance, Trade, and Energy Ministers at their annual meetings. The Council produces research papers on cybersecurity, energy, environment, financial services, health, information communications technology, life sciences, sustainability, and other leading-edge topics and activities in ASEAN.
The Council currently has 19 employees in the United States and 35 employees in ASEAN. Members companies include 3M, Abbott, Chubb, Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar, Coca-Cola, ExxonMobil, Google, Harley-Davidson, Intel, Microsoft, Procter and Gamble, and UPS. The Council has offices in Washington, DC, New York, NY, Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Council management encouraged innovation, made strategic investments, communicated, and regularly engaged with internal and external stakeholders, streamlined processes, and made strategic budget cuts designed to avoid layoffs and remain solvent. US-ABC's people-centered philosophy and flexible business model aligned with the still prevailing longer-term trends of remote work and enhanced technology.
US-ABC pivoted successfully, offered virtual programs, safeguarded the staff, and achieved budget goals. The Council continued to grow, thanks to the support of its current members and an influx of new members. The technology investments promoted greater regional teamwork amongst the seven ASEAN offices and spark greater creativity.
Building on the growing interest in the region and a proven, dedicated team effort, the Council continues to step up its efforts by moving advocacy efforts aggressively forward with tangible benefits to our member companies. Fueling the momentum is the transfer of APEC leadership to the United States in 2023, with APEC ministerial meetings in Detroit, Seattle, and Palm Springs, culminating with the APEC Leaders' Summit in San Francisco. Spring 2023 also marks the return of the US-ABC Ambassadors' Tours which will visit these APEC ministerial cities. In summary, the US-ABC is charged with advancing and protecting $7 trillion in commercial interests in Southeast Asia.
The US-ASEAN Business Council believes that a diverse and inclusive workforce drives innovation and creates a culture of respect and understanding. We are committed to fostering an environment where all employees feel valued, respected and supported, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or background. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply and to bring their unique perspectives to our organization.