OFII is the only organization focused exclusively on supporting the international business community in Washington. Representing the U.S. operations of many of the world's leading international companies, OFII ensures that policymakers at the federal, state and local level understand the critical role that foreign direct investment (FDI) plays in America’s economy. OFII advocates for fair, non-discriminatory treatment of foreign-based companies and promotes policies that will encourage them to establish U.S. operations, which in turn increases American employment and U.S. economic growth.
OFII was formed in 1990, at a time when international companies faced blatant discrimination in tax and trade policy at all levels of government. From its original 15 members, OFII has grown to represent more than 200 major international companies with significant U.S. operations. These international companies are part of a sector that provide over seven million high-quality jobs that pay an average of 26 percent higher compensation than the economy-wide average.
When you look at OFII’s membership list, you cannot help but be impressed by the well-respected companies they represent. Given the size of their U.S. operations, and the number of Americans they employ, you have to take their concerns seriously. Former Federal Government Official
OFII members are among the largest international companies with operations in the United States. Most OFII member companies are in the manufacturing sector, in line with overall FDI in the United States. While more than 60 percent of all international companies in the United States have fewer than 1,000 U.S. employees, OFII members each employ on average more than 12,000 Americans. OFII members have operations in all 435 congressional districts. In terms of global heritage, the parent-companies of OFII members (the U.S. subsidiaries are OFII members) are largely from European countries. However, our members’ global connections reach to six continents. Not only does this make the U.S. economy more resilient, it means nations all over the globe now have a stake in America’s economic success.