Vereniging Surinaams Bedrijfsleven (VSB)

05 Aug

By: CEC Newsroom

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The Vereniging Surinaams Bedrijfsleven (VSB), in English Suriname Trade and Industry Association (STIA) was established on 28 March 1950 on the basis of the principle of freedom of association. The VSB is the most representative employers’ organization in Suriname, accepted as such by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE).

The main objectives of the VSB are the representation of employers and the private sector and the social-economic advancement of Suriname. The VSB therefore operates on a broad spectrum, since our focus is much broader than Decent Work, human resources management and industrial relations matters and includes areas of focus, such as, but not limited to, national development, sustainable development, regional integration, international affairs, international trade, HIV/AIDS and NCDs, LGBTI, persons with disabilities and cooperation with other non-state actors.

The VSB represents the private sector in various Constitutional organs, namely the Staatsraad (State Council) and the Onafhankelijk Kiesbureau (Independent Elections Observation Bureau), but also in other bodies, mandated by law, such as, but not limited to the Sociaal Economische Raad (Social Economic Council), Arbeidsadvies College (Labour Advisory Board), Ontslagcommissie (Dismissal Committee) and Bemiddelingsraad (Mediation Council).

The VSB actively promotes Decent Work, sustainable development, integrated national planning, Corporate Social Responsibility, entrepreneurship, the enabling environment for sustainable enterprises and social inclusion among other things. In 2018, for example, the VSB spearheaded the establishment of an Alliance for Decent Work for Persons with Disabilities, which brings together non-state actors and public organizations in order to promote decent employment for persons with disabilities, but also micro-entrepreneurship.

The current Chairman is Mr. Bryan Renten and the Executive Director is Mr. Steven Mac Andrew.

The general contact information of the VSB is :

Vereniging Surinaams Bedrijfsleven / Suriname Trade and Industry Association

Prins Hendrikstraat #18

POBox 111



Tel: (+597) 475286 / (+597) 475287

Fax: (+597) 472287

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