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Let me start out by saying there's almost nothing known about this group. I stumbled across it at Bilderberg.org (1), where it was referred to as the Multinational Chairman's Committee. Didn't really pay attention to it at that time. Some months later, I found a group that was referred to as the Multinational Chairman's Group. Information about this group came from two articles, one from the Daily Mail (2), the other from the Guardian (3). The name has also appeared on at least two government websites (4/5), although no details have been provided in those cases. Very few other references are available and none of them provide any additional information (6) . Still, it is possible to get an idea of the importance of this group.

On the left, you can see the companies that have been mentioned in the two or three articles
Company Headquarters
BP UK
Shell UK-NL
British American Tobacco UK
Rio Tinto Zinc UK
GlaxoSmithKline UK
Diageo UK
Vodafone UK
Unilever UK-NL
HSBC UK
Imperial Chemical Industries Group UK
Guinness UK
Reuters UK
 
as being members of the Multinational Chairman's Group. After looking at their headquarters it turns out that all of them are located in the United Kingdom, although some companies have originated from Ireland. Two of them have joined headquarters with the Netherlands.

What else do we know about this group? Well, the members meet in private with the Prime Minister of England, in this case Tony Blair. According to the article in the Guardian, this group can also arrange meetings with other members of government they wish to speak to in private.

According to the Bilderberg.org article (if
you can call three sentences an "article"), the group sits on top of the Multilateral Agreement on Investments (MAI) (7), which is an even more far-reaching agreement than that of GATS (WTO). Not really surprising because we already knew the British Invisibles were running the show at the World Trade Organization through the high and low level LOTIS commissions (8).

The WWF and Oxfam are two of the organizations the Multinational Chairman's Group is planning to meet with at MAI. They appear to be under the influence, if not control, of the same business interests. The money supply of the WWF is directed by the 1001 Club, a group mainly consisting of friends and business associates of Prince Philip and the late Prince Bernhard. The Windsors also seem to be closely involved with Oxfam, judging by their Windsor Oxfam Campaigns Group (9).

Another organization the Multinational Chairman's Group is planning to debate with is the anti-corporate World Development Movement (WDM).

At the moment, this is all the information that's available.

Members

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Lord John Browne, Niall FitzGerald, Sir John Bond, Sir Christopher Hogg, and Martin Broughton.

Bond, Sir John
Joined HSBC in 1961. He has spent 25 years working in Asia, in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia, and 5 years working in the USA. Executive director of HSBC from 1988 to 1992. CEO of HSBC from 1992 to 1998. Chairman since 1998. Director of Ford Motor Company. Former chairman of the Institute of International Finance (Washington). Former director of the London Stock Exchange, Orange plc, British Steel plc and the Court of the Bank of England. Member of the Financial Services Forum. Director of Vodafone since 2005. Director of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, together with four former U.S. presidents, Maurice R. Greenberg, Henry R. Kravis (Bohemian Grove), David Rockefeller, Jerry I. Speyer (big Rockefeller guy), John C. Whitehead (photographed standing behind Lord Rothschild and Kissinger; likely Pilgrim), Anne M. Tatlock (gone from her WTC on the morning on 9/11), Richard D. Parsons (Sun Valley Meetings), Michael Eisner (Sun Valley Meetings), and Peter G. Peterson(chair Blackstone Group; chair NY Fed; chair CFR).
Broughton, Martin
Former chairman of British American Tobacco plc. Non-executive director of British Airways 2000-2004. Chairman of British Airways since 2004. Chairman of the British Horseracing Board. Member of The European Round Table of Industrialists. Member of the International Advisory Board of the British-American Business Council. When BAT was accused of large-scale cigarette smuggling, Broughton was able to privately meet with prime minister Tony Blair and trade secretary Stephen Byers. This made sure the report on this accusation was dropped.
Browne, Lord John
The Lord Browne of Madingley is Group Chief Executive of British Petroleum (BP) p.l.c. Joined BP in 1966 as a university apprentice. Holds a degree in Physics from Cambridge University and an MS in Business from Stanford University, California. He is a non-executive director of the Intel Corporation, Goldman Sachs, and a trustee of The British Museum. He is a member of the Chairman’s Council of DaimlerChrysler. Member of the Supervisory Board of DaimlerChrysler AG from 1998 to 2001 and a non-executive director of SmithKline Beecham from 1996 to 1999. Member of the International Advisory Boards of Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer and AIG. Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, and Emeritus Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Chairman of the Judge Institute Advisory board, a Trustee of the Cambridge University Foundation, and a member of the Guild of Cambridge Benefactors. Member of the board of Catalyst, a director of Conservation International, and Chairman of the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. He is an honorary Trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a trustee of the Conference Board, Inc., and a Vice President of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum. He is a member (and former Chairman) of the British American Business Inc. In 1999, the Royal Academy of Engineering awarded him the Prince Philip Medal for his outstanding contribution to the field of Engineering. He was knighted in the 1998 Queen’s Birthday Honours and made a life peer in 2001.
Hogg, Sir Christopher
Sir Christopher Hogg was born in 1936 and has an MBA from Harvard. Former Chairman of Courtaulds 1980-1996 (CEO 1979-1991). Director of the Bank of England 1992-1996. Director of GlaxoSmithKline since 1993 (SmithKline Beecham back then). Former chairman of Allied Domecq plc. (drinks giant). Chairman of Allied Domecq since April 1996. Member of the International Council of JP Morgan and a Ford Foundation Trustee. Chairman of the Reuters Group until 2004. Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline 2002-2004. Former chairman of the National Theatre board. Governor of the Ditchley Foundations. Member of the Supervisory Board of Air Liquide (the world leader in industrial and medical gases and related services).
FitzGerald, Sir Niall
Joined board of Unilever in 1987. Chairman and CEO of Unilever from 1996 to 2004. Director of Reuters since 2003 and the new chairman since 2004. He replaced co-MCG member Sir Christopher Hogg and Reuters almost doubled the salary of that position (went from £278,000 to £500,000). EU chairman of the TransAtlantic Business Dialogue. Knight of the British Empire. Spoke to Chatham House about the Anglo-American Relations.

Some of the organizations these five men represent:

Bank of England 2
Ditchley Foundations 1
European Round Table 1
Financial Services Forum 1
Institute of International Finance 1
Reuters (chairman) 2
Trans Atlantic Business Dialogue (EU chair) 1

References

[1] Bilderberg.org, Multinational Chairman's Committee:

A UK body made up of...guess what? Group plans to meet with Oxfam/WWF/WDM on MAI at some point. Members include ICI, BP, Shell, BAT, RTZ, Glaxo, Unilever, Guiness, Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank."

[2] September 3, 2003, Daily Mail, 'It's hard Labour, bosses tell Blair'
[3] Wednesday October 27, 2004, The Guardian, 'Tobacco firm gained secret access to Blair'
[4] 'Multinational Chairman's Group 521w', Volume Indexes to the House of Commons Parliamentary Debates, no further explanation.
[5] 'Multinational Chairman's Group meetings', All that is mentioned on the website of the Department for Productivity, Energy and Industry (It's a request for info)
[6]

Freedom of Information request from Professor Alasdair S. Roberts:

DCA Ref Received in C.O. Reply due at DCA Information Requested Date cleared
CabOff111 2/4/05 2/17/05 Minutes of meetings held since 1997 at No 10 with the Prime Minister and a group known as the Multinational Chairman's Group.  

[7] UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences, 'Multilateral Agreement on Investments'
[8] International Financial Services London (British Invisibles) about LOTIS ( Liberalisation Of Trade In Services)
[9] Windsor Oxfam Campaigns Group

Author: Joël vd Reijden
Original: May 27, 2005
Updated: November 15, 2006

   
         
 
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