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The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) United Nations team seeks to bring work, worker & employment-related theory, research and practice to help advance the goals of the United Nations.

SIOP UN Committee’s Role

Educate, advocate and make direct contributions to the programs and goals of the United Nations Economic and Social Counsel (ECOSOC)

Our Capacity

Global coordination of world’s largest association of I-O psychologists who bring inter-disciplinary theory, research and practice covering all areas of work, worker & employment-related issues


  1. Generate high quality solutions to address humanitarian and development issues within the United Nations ECOSOC and UN agencies

    1. Deliver solutions that improve the well-being of individuals, teams, leaders and organizations
    2. Understand UN priorities that intersect with I-O expertise by attending relevant UN meetings/briefings and aligning, where appropriate, with other NGOs.
    3. Serve as educators/trainers in the proper application of I-O science
  2. Set up organized infrastructure for facilitating pro-bono work within SIOP

    1. Effectively manage and ensure alignment between key stakeholders and I-O researcher/practitioner teams
    2. Serve as advisors on key human resource initiatives
  3. Form multi-stakeholder partnerships with various UN agencies to identify potential projects for SIOP members aimed at applying IO knowledge to help UN agencies accomplish meet their strategic goals.
  4. Participate as SIOP UN representatives of the Psychology Coalition at the UN (PCUN), a coalition of psychology associations working together on UN efforts. PCUN meets monthly at the UN and is focused on gaining greater recognition for the value of psychological sciences for issues addressed by the UN
  5. Continue to partner with the UN Global Compact in identifying ways in which SIOP can promote the Global Compact principles surrounding human rights, labor, environmental sustainability, and anti-corruption in organizations.

SIOP-UN Committee

Committee Members

John Scott (Chair)
Deborah Rupp
Lori Foster
Lise Saari
Mathian Osicki
Kristin Charles

Honorary Committee Members

Mary O’Neill Berry
Walter Reichman

Partner Associations

Psychology Coalition at the United Nations (PCUN)

International Association of Applied Psychology

Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology


Drew Mallory
Dan Maday
Amanda Ledner


United Nations Global Compact

I-O Psychology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

See our video here.

Also see a recent article in TIP on how I-O psychology should respond to the SDGs.

An overview of accomplishments and remaining challenges from the last set of goals, the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), is included here.

UN Women

SIOP Statements to the UN

The Aging Workforce

Humanitarian Work Psychology: Concepts to Contributions (SIOP White Paper series, April 2013)]

Current Partnerships

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)

Currently Pursuing/Seeking Partnerships with:

International Labour Organization (ILO)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)


“The world sets new goals: How should I-O psychology respond?”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October, 2015, Volume 53, Number 2] See Table 1.

“News From the SIOP-United Nations Team: Exploring Work Experiences of Informal Workers and Promoting Decent Work for All”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, July 2015, Volume 53, Number 1]

“Attention All I-O Programs: It’s Time to Join the United Nations Global Compact!”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April 2015, Volume 52, Number 4]

The Development of Skills Internationally: A Question of Qualifications”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, January 2015, Volume 52, Number 3]

Setting Global Human Development Goals: The Role for Industrial-Organizational Psychology”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October 2014, Volume 52, Number 2]

“News From the SIOP-United Nations Team”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, July 2014, Volume 52, Number 1]

“News From the SIOP United Nations Team”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April 2014, Volume 51, Issue 4]

“News From the SIOP-United Nations Team”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, January 2014, Volume 51, Issue 3]

“News From the SIOP–United Nations Team: SIOP Has Joined the UN Global Compact and So Can You!”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April 2013, Volume 50, Number 4]

“News From the SIOP-United Nations Team”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October 2013, Volume 51, Issue 2]

“SIOP and the United Nations”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October 2012, Volume 50, Number 2]

“SIOP Granted NGO Consultative Status With the United Nations”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, October 2011, Volume 49, Number 2]

“The United Nations Global Compact Needs I-O Psychology Participation”
[The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, April 2008, Volume 45, Number 4]