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Secretary of State Antony Blinken joined business and civil society representatives for a discussion on the Blue Dot Network and the imperative to raise standards in infrastructure investment on October 5, 2021. Secretary Blinken and co-panelists Yves Perrier, Chair of Amundi, Brendan Bechtel, CEO of Bechtel Group, and Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, emphasized the importance of quality infrastructure investment that respects human rights and good labor practices, protects the environment, aligns investment with climate goals, embeds openness and transparency to counter corruption, and encourages a level commercial playing field. These issues are critical for addressing many of the greatest challenges faced by global economies as they seek to “build back better” from the COVID 19 pandemic.
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