In 2016, the U.S. Chamber has six overriding priorities -- 6 for ’16 -- areas with the greatest potential to spur economic growth, create jobs, reform government, and preserve and defend American businesses and enterprise. 6 for ’16 includes: fighting regulations, defending our financial system, advancing trade, growing American energy, electing the right candidates, and answering attacks on American business.
Created in 1964, the Accreditation Program was developed to promote the continuous advancement of the chamber industry in nine areas of work – governance, finance, human resources, government affairs, program development, communication, technology, facilities, and benchmarking.
The mission of the U.S.-Africa Business Center is to build lasting prosperity for Africans and Americans through job creation and entrepreneurial spirit.
As an advocate for U.S. business throughout the hemisphere, the U.S. Chamber's Americas works closely with members, governments, multilateral institutions, and American Chambers of Commerce to promote a wide range of hemispheric trade and investment initiatives and to resolve specific commercial and regulatory challenges in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada.
The Antitrust Council develops the Chamber’s domestic antitrust policy priorities. An effective and balanced system of antitrust laws and regulations is critical to ensuring the efficient operation of our free market system, which depends on a sound understanding of business realities in a global economy and a strong commitment to eliminating unproductive, anticompetitive policies.
The Chamber's Asia Department gives voice to policies that help American companies compete and prosper in Asia's dynamic marketplace. Our expertise allows companies to actively shape policy debates in Asian countries and in Washington. The Chamber helps companies gain greater access to senior government officials and corporate representatives in a way few organizations can.
This committee recommends Chamber policy on association-related issues. It also recommends programming related to associations, fosters networking and collaboration among associations, and ensures association participation and involvement in Chamber activities.
Founded in 2016, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business H2O Water Innovation Initiative is a flagship program that brings together business leaders, government stakeholders, and water management experts to discuss cutting edge innovations in corporate water stewardship, solutions in natural resource management, and public policies to address the changing and growing demand for water across the world.
There is only one path forward that will restore America’s economic vitality, create opportunity, and put Americans back to work—and that is free enterprise. That’s why the U.S. Chamber started the Campaign for Free Enterprise, a nationwide effort to support the ideals that advance economic growth and create jobs.
The Center's mission is simple: foster investment and growth in the U.S. economy and ensure the long-term viability and health of our capital markets.
The Center for International Private Enterprise is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
This committee represents and communicates the perspectives and needs of chambers to the U.S. Chamber and counsels the U.S. Chamber on programs to meet those needs. Key duties of the committee are: identify emerging issues that will impact chambers of commerce and their members; advise the U.S. Chamber of programs and services needed by chambers and their members; evaluate the usefulness of existing U.S. Chamber programs and services to chambers; and provide input and feedback to the U.S. Chamber on policy-related issues, and when appropriate, develop strategies to advocate those policies.
This committee is open only to chamber executives.
C_TEC (U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center) promotes the role of technology in our economy and advocates for rational policy solutions that drive economic growth, spur innovation, and create jobs.
The Chamber's China team helps bolster the U.S.-China economic and commercial relationship in a number of key areas and industries, including intellectual property rights, capital markets, and environmental reform.
The Congressional and Public Affairs Division is the Chamber’s lobbying team with a footprint in Washington and across the country. We work to keep the House and Senate focused on the Chamber’s top priorities.
The Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) addresses societal issues that affect business, including globalization, community development, disaster response, and more.
American business has a multifaceted stake in a strong national defense and a homeland security policy that safeguards Americans while also protecting their mobility, their freedom and their way of life. If terrorism or the threat of it chokes off our ability to move people and goods in a global economy, we will pay a tremendous price in growth and prosperity.
The Defense and Aerospace Export Council's mission is to increase the competitiveness of defense and aerospace exporters.
The U.S. Chamber's Economic and Tax Policy Division focuses its work on advancing policies that create jobs and foster economic growth.
The Education and Workforce program of the U.S. Chamber Foundation promotes rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems to preserve the strength of America’s greatest economic resource, its workforce.
This committee analyzes and recommends policy on education and workforce development issues. Specifically, the committee is responsible for the development of policies concerning early childhood education, Pre-K - 12 education, postsecondary education, career and technical education, the public workforce development system, incumbent worker training, and lifelong learning. The committee guides the Chamber’s efforts to create sound policies to ensure that our members have access to an educated and skilled workforce.
The Emerging Issues program of the U.S. Chamber Foundation provides research and insight into the issues impacting the free enterprise system and the business community.
This committee develops Chamber policy recommendations on all employee benefit issues: health care, pension and retirement plans, and other employer-provided benefits, as well as public programs such as Social Security and Medicare. The committee oversees the Chamber's response to employee benefit legislation pending before all congressional committees of jurisdiction as well as regulatory initiatives before administrative agencies. The committee has a Retirement Plans Subcommittee and a Healthcare Regulatory Task Force (see separate description for the task force under Special Programs, Councils and Task Forces), which works on those issues in more technical detail than the full committee.
The Employment Policy division regularly interacts with Congressional staff, numerous Federal agencies and many national coalitions (some of which are chaired by the Chamber) to help define and shape national labor, immigration and employee benefit policy.
This committee develops and maintains Chamber policy on all aspects of energy, clean air, climate change, and natural resources. Specifically, it is responsible for developing policies concerning the regulation of energy production, transmission, and utilization, as well as air, natural resources, and climate change to ensure that laws and regulations are reasonable, based on sound science and the best data available, consider health risks and environmental impact, and avoid unnecessary burdens while fostering economic growth and greater energy security. The committee works to promote legal and regulatory reforms and other safeguards against regulatory abuses by administrative agencies.
Engaging Global Institutions provides reliable and effective engagement with multi-lateral institutions, governments, and international business coalitions. We advocate for our members’ interests through direct high-level dialogues with global economic bodies.
This committee develops Chamber policy related to the environment, agriculture, chemicals, and water. Specifically, it is responsible for developing policies (other than the Clean Air Act and climate change) concerning the regulation of environmental quality, water quality, Superfund, solid waste, food safety, and nanotechnology to ensure that these regulations are efficiently undertaken and based on sound science and the best data available, consider health risks, and avoid unnecessary burdens. The committee advocates for an effective environmental policy that continues the long-standing trend of improved environmental quality, avoids economic harm, and works to promote regulatory reforms and other safeguards against regulatory abuses by administrative agencies.
The Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs Division develops, implements, and advocates U.S. Chamber policy on issue areas of vital importance to the business community: environment, energy, natural resources, food safety, biotechnology, agriculture, technology, and regulatory processes.
The Environmental Affairs and Sustainability team promotes an enabling environment to ensure that the business community has the flexibility and policy tools it needs to succeed – for their shareholders, employees, customers and communities where they operate.
The U.S. Chamber's Eurasia team provides the U.S. government, international finance institutions and other relevant bodies with a strategic U.S. business outlook vis-à-vis the emerging markets of the Caucasus, Central Asia, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and Moldova.
The Chamber's Europe team champions a pro-business agenda across Europe and in Washington to expand commercial opportunities for members by advancing open and competitive markets, economic growth, and transatlantic cooperation.
The Chamber will defend America’s financial institutions and our capital markets from destructive attacks. We should be praising and perfecting our capital markets as a crown jewel of our economic system—not trying to tear them down.
The purpose of the U.S. Chamber Global Energy Institute is to unify energy stakeholders and policymakers behind a common strategy to ensure that America's supply of fuel and power is adequate, stable, and affordable, while protecting national security, and improving the environment.
The Global Initiative on Health and the Economy works to champion good health and good health care policies as vital to advancing economic growth and prosperity.
Global Initiatives provide reliable and effective engagement with multi-lateral institutions, governments, and international business coalitions. We advocate for our members’ interests through direct high-level dialogues with global economic bodies.
To meet the serious criminal and policy threats facing innovators, IP-based industries, and consumers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), which is leading a worldwide effort against the assault on IP.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation (GRC) seeks to align trade, regulatory, and competition policy in support of open and competitive markets.
This committee has broad oversight responsibility for the federal government’s regulatory processes, the procedural operation of government agencies, and consumer affairs, with a specific focus on consumer products. It is responsible for developing and carrying out policy on regulatory process reform, proper delegation and use of statutory authority, regulatory review, and other proposals directed at taming the growth and reducing the burden of federal regulations, including regulatory flexibility, paperwork reduction, regulatory accountability, cost/benefit legislation, sound science, and data access and quality. In addition, it monitors the oversight activities of Congress. The committee complements other Chamber policy committees -- deferring to the substantive expertise of others, providing another avenue for making certain that the proper review processes are followed, and ensuring that federal regulatory activities are necessary and the least burdensome alternatives for implementing federal regulations are adopted.
Hiring Our Heroes (HOH), a program of the U.S. Chamber Foundation, is a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
The mission of the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) is to reduce excessive and frivolous litigation while restoring fairness and balance to the nation's civil justice system by promoting civil justice reform through legislative, political, judicial and educational activities at both the national and local levels.
Institute for Organization Management (IOM) is a professional development program designed for nonprofit management.
The U.S. Chamber’s International Affairs Division advocates for free enterprise, competitive markets, and rules-based trade and investment as the path to opportunity and prosperity for all. The Division’s staff of 70 regional and policy experts advances these principles before the U.S. and foreign governments as it works to shape trade and investment policies and help companies succeed in international markets.
The International Policy Committee (IPC) provides strategic guidance for the development of policy positions relating to international trade and investment.
The committee develops Chamber policy and programs on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including: employment nondiscrimination, minimum wage and wage-hour, occupational safety and health, immigration, labor-management relations, union corporate/strategic campaigns, workplace privacy, work-family issues and leave mandates, and emerging international labor policy issues.
Economic productivity and global competitiveness depend on thriving and reliable transportation infrastructure. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as the leading voice of America’s business community, believes that strong transportation infrastructure will lower operating costs, increase profitability, mitigate logistical challenges, and provide a catalyst for investment. It’s time to get America moving again.
The U.S. Chamber's Middle East and Turkey Affairs program is the premiere business advocacy platform for strengthening the commercial relationships between the United States and Turkey, as well as the United States and the Middle East region.
The council is the U.S. Chamber’s policy committee focused exclusively on understanding the distinct challenges of mid-market companies and advocating for a business environment that allows them to compete, grow, and create jobs. The council serves as the primary platform for mid-market business leaders to provide input to formulate and advance a strong pro-business agenda.
The National Security Task Force is responsible for developing and advancing U.S. Chamber of Commerce policy related to cybersecurity, supply chain, customs and trade facilitation, public-private partnerships, and emergency preparedness.
The Native American Enterprise Initiative seeks to build on the Chamber’s record of success and advocacy by focusing on the crucial economic issues confronting tribal business entities and Native American-owned enterprises.
A nationwide initiative to develop the next generation of diverse business leaders
The Political Affairs and Federation Relations division manages relationships with state and local chambers of commerce, trade associations and small businesses and has a membership presence in every state across the country.
We are focused on electing or re-electing pro-business candidates to Congress. That goal is supported by grassroots and lobbying programs to promote policy that positively affects businesses and the economy.
This Council provides a forum for Chamber members to identify, recommend, and develop policy priorities and proposals that simplify the government contracting process and facilitate greater private sector involvement in supporting the acquisition objectives of all federal agencies.
This committee is comprised of Chamber members from across the country who represent businesses of all sizes, chambers, and associations. The primary goal of the committee is to oversee the Chamber's involvement in federal elections.
The mission of the Resource Efficiency & Sustainability Task Force is to drive efficient and sustainable use of finite resources by enabling technological and business innovation.
The council is the U.S. Chamber’s principal policy committee and action group representing the issues of concern to small business.
U.S. Chamber Small Business Nation is a community that was founded on the open exchange of information and ideas, while creating the opportunity for small businesses to speak with a unified voice.
The Small Business Policy team formulates small business policy and assists small business members in creating effective grassroots actions and strategies on legislative, regulatory and international initiatives.
The South Asia team promotes trade and investment opportunities for U.S. companies in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.
The Chamber's Southeast Asia team advocates for open markets, trade and investment opportunities, and a level playing field for American businesses to compete and prosper in Southeast Asia.
The committee analyzes and provides input on recommended policy on federal tax legislative initiatives.
The Telecommunications & E-Commerce Committee develops Chamber policy relating to telecommunications, the Internet and e-commerce, broadcasting and mass media, and data security and privacy.Chairman: Scott Anderson, General Manager, Great Western LodgingStaff Executive: Jordan Crenshaw, Assistant Policy Counsel, C_TEC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber’s Trade Task Force is an interactive consultative mechanism for the advancement of Chamber policy on trade and investment.
This committee is the primary policy-originating body in the area of transportation infrastructure. The committee’s jurisdiction includes legislative and regulatory issues related to aviation, marine, and surface transportation, as well as clean water and drinking water infrastructure.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness by addressing developments that affect our nation, our economy, and the global business environment. USCCF presents a broad range of programs that promote a greater understanding of economic and public affairs issues.
The U.S. Chamber Litigation Center fights for business at every level of the U.S. judicial system, on virtually every issue affecting business.
The U.S.-Argentina Business Council, as a platform for dialogue between each country’s private sectors, is be dedicated to fostering bilateral trade and investment and will provide insight to both governments on policy that fosters business growth and economic competitiveness.
The U.S.-Cuba Business Council (USCBC) is the premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the United States and Cuba.
The U.S.-Egypt Business Council (USEBC) is the leading advocacy organization representing America’s top companies doing business in Egypt. The Council is made up of senior executives of U.S. companies from every business sector that are major investors in Egypt.
The U.S.-Japan Business Council (USJBC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a Washington, D.C.-based business association whose mission is to advance U.S. business interests in Japan and promote stronger economic ties between the United States and Japan.
The U.S.-Korea Business Council (USKBC) is the premier business advocacy organization representing America’s top companies engaged with Korea. It is made up of senior-level executives of U.S. companies from every business sector that are major investors in Korea and are actively committed to the Korean market.
The U.S.-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) is dedicated to the broad advancement of U.S. commercial engagement in Pakistan. Since its inception in 2002, the Council has provided a national forum for dialogue on key economic, political, and other issues of interest to American companies operating in or exploring business opportunities in Pakistan.
The U.S.-UK Business Council is the premier Washington-based business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the commercial relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.
The U.S.-Mexico Economic Council (USMXECO) is the premier business advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening the economic and commercial relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.
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