One of the ways that corporations work hand in glove with US policymakers on trade issues is through the Industry Sector Advisory Committees (ISAC). The idea is to guarantee that the private sector and government work closely together during trade negotiations.
For example, the International Trade Administration website boasts that top officials "work side-by-side with business leaders who serve as advisors to the U.S. Government. The Department of Commerce and USTR have joint responsibility for operating the advisory committees of the ICP." By contrast, non-governmental organizations and activist groups have no such access to the corridors of power.
The influential Advisory Committee on lumber and wood products claims it is comprised of both environmental and industry groups. However, a look at the list below shows that it is comprised entirely of corporate executives and members of industry lobby groups.
International Paper Company
Chairman Ms. Lyn Withey, VP, Public Affairs
Hardwood Plywood Manufactuers Association
Vice Chairman Mr. Ernest Altman, President
APA-The Engineered Wood Association
Mr. Edward Elias, Director, Int'l Market Division
Indiana Hardwood Lumberman's Association
Mr. John Grunwald President, David R. Webb Company, Inc.
The Penrod Company
Mr. Edward Heidt, Jr., President
National Hardwood Lumber Association
Mr. Paul Houghland, Executive Manager
Southern Forest Products Association
Mr. Karl Lindberg, President
Willamette Industries, Inc.
Mr. Richard Margosian, Technical Manager
North Pacific Group, Inc.
Mr. Paul E. McKay, Vice President, National Accounts
Mr. Burton Nelson, Managing Director, International
States Industries, Inc.
Mr. R. Gail Overgard, Vice President, Operations
American Lumber Standards Committee
Mr. Thomas Searles, Executive Vice President
National Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association
Mr. Charles Titus, Executive Vice President
Wood Products Int'l American Forest and Paper Association
Ms. Elizabeth Ward, Executive Director
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
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