The mission of the Alliance for Organizational Psychology (AOP) is to support and advance the science and practice of organizational psychology, and to expand its scope of application and contribution to society to improve the quality of working life.

To further this mission, psychological associations under the Alliance for Organizational Psychology (AOP) are actively involved with efforts tied to the United Nations. The international framework embodied by the AOP, combined with enhanced access and opportunities afforded by the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) consultative status of its member associations, will help drive our capacity to support the UN Global Compact, address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) challenges and promote the use of evidence-based decision-making in management and policy development on a global scale.

Information regarding these efforts can be found below. If you are interested in getting involved and contributing your expertise, contact Walter Reichman (IAAP) or John Scott (SIOP).

International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and the United Nations

The International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) credentialed at the Department of Public Information (DPI) and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN).

Being credentialed at DPI essentially means that representatives from IAAP to the United Nations can disseminate information about UN events to its members. Having special credentials at ECOSOC provides the opportunity for IAAP representatives to submit psychology-based papers that are relevant to the deliberations of the UN.

Additionally, IAAP has joined with other psychology associations credentialed to the UN to form the Psychology Coalition to the United Nations (PCUN). The coalition was established as an effort to increase the voice of psychology at the United Nations. PCUN has made important contributions to the determination of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will define the activities of the UN for 15 years, beginning in 2016.

For the first time, due to the efforts of psychologists at the UN, mental health and well being have been included among the Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, PCUN is currently involved in:

·         weighing in on the indicators and measurement of the SDGs

·         helping to reduce poverty in Africa through developing curricula that will prepare young people to work and become entrepreneurs

·         aiding the United Nations Development Program by providing psychological theory and practice to UN workers from around the world who are temporarily headquartered in New York

More information regarding PCUN and some of the submissions to UN deliberations can be accessed here:

The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and the United Nations

On July 25th, 2011, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) was officially granted NGO special consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The ECOSOC is one of 6 principal organs of the United Nations System established by the UN Charter in 1945. It serves as the central forum for formulating policy recommendations regarding international economic and social issues. NGO consultative status allows SIOP to make direct contributions to the programs and goals of the United Nations by accessing and participating in the work of the ECOSOC.

The mission of SIOP’s United Nations Team is to leverage work, worker, and employment-related theory, research and practice to help advance the goals of the United Nations and increase I-O psychologists’ potential for global impact. The UN team’s role is to educate, advocate, and make direct contributions to the programs and goals of the United Nations and to connect the work of the United Nations with that of the field of I-O Psychology.

Advancing the Goals of the Alliance for Organizational Psychology (AOP)

SIOP’s consultative status with ECOSOC aligns with the mission and advances the objectives of the AOP, which represents a critical alliance between SIOP, the European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology and Division 1 of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Additional information is contained in the links below.

SIOP/UN Sustainable Development Goal Tool:

United Nations Liaison Team:

Corporate Social Responsibility Has Gone Global: The UN Global Compact:

SIOP Granted NGO Consultative Status With the United Nations:

SIOP and the United Nations:

News From the SIOP–United Nations Team: SIOP Has Joined the UN Global Compact and So Can You!:

News From the SIOP United Nations Team (April, 2014):

News From the SIOP United Nations Team (July, 2014):