The Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) is the result of a merger between the Confederation of Irish Industry (CII) and the Federation of Irish Employers (FIE) in 1993. The CII was founded in 1932 and at one stage, had Erskine Childers in the post of secretary. The FIE, formerly the Federated Union of Employers (FUE) was founded in 1942 and had many distinquished business people involved over the years.
Today, IBEC is the national umbrella organisation for business and employers in Ireland. Its policies and procedures, set by the national council and the board, are implemented by an executive management group.
At a nuts and bolts level, IBEC provides its membership base of over 7500 organisations with knowledge, influence and connections. IBEC staff offer practical employer services as well as the opportunity to network and lobby at an industry level through a web of over 60 business sector associations.