Global Resource Sustainability Task Force

The mission of the Global Resource & Sustainability Task Force is to drive efficient and sustainable use of finite resources by enabling technological and business innovation. 


John Hopkins

Business leaders have a responsibility to ensure that the resources they rely on—many of which are finite—are utilized in the most efficient and sustainable manner. Doing so is not only good for business, but it’s good for our communities and our economy. This task force serves as a platform for encouraging the implementation of proven and creative sustainability practices in business, as well as for greater engagement by policymakers who can help enable the innovation required to optimize resource efficiency.
— John Hopkins, Chamber Executive Committee Chairman and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NuScale

Task Force Engagement:

Pressure is rising on business to demonstrate sustainable and efficient use of natural resources, but it is often left out of the discussion. It’s imperative that business has a constant voice in addressing policy-makers on ways to incentivize and reward efficient management of all finite resources along global supply chains.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is building a group of international companies to establish business approaches to sustainable resource management in major markets. The U.S. Chamber has already established a dialogue with the G7, and we will use it to drive a pro-business understanding of resource challenges. We will advocate for preemptive systemic policies that enable investment and innovation in the better management of finite resources, and offer high-level dialogue with climate policymakers in key markets and multilateral organizations. 

Featured task force guest speakers have included: 

  • Jeffrey Haeni - Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3)
  • Dr. Osama Faqeeha - G20 Environmental Sherpa and Deputy Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Saudi Arabia 
  • Victoria Gunderson - Deputy Director, Office of Investment, Energy, and Infrastructure at U.S. Department of the Treasury
  • Nauman Bashir Bhatti - Co-Chair of the Board, Green Climate Fund
  • John Podesta, Founder & Chair, Center for American Progress
  • David Marchick, COO of the Development Finance Corporation 



illustrating the program's engagementPolicy Engagement:

• Advocate for results-oriented policies and performance standards to bolster efficient use of finite resources.
• Advocate for science-based methods of gauging the benefits of resource efficiency.
• Build business’ credibility with international governing bodies.
• Support U.S. policymakers in sensible climate policy and their international engagements.
• Urge changes in public spending and accounting rules to incentivize resource efficiency.
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Position Papers:

• Promote resource efficiency solutions in manufacturing, logistics, urban and agricultural use, and finance.
• Develop regional and country-specific recommendations on green growth (e.g. Comments on the European Commission's Consultation on the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy
• View the U.S. Chamber's recommendations on Sustainability and Trade.

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Public Outreach:

• Support thought leadership of task force members
• Build issue-based international coalitions


Regional Engagement: 


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched the International Policy Coalition for Sustainable Growth (CSG), as an open-network of national and international businesses and experts that advocate for public policy solutions to drive environmentally sustainable economic growth. 


The Global Resource & Sustainability Task Force serves as the steering committee for the CSG, which advances national, regional, and global sustainable development policies focused on driving innovation in resource efficiency across a range of sectors. The CSG promotes trade policies that support environmental sustainability and competitiveness, and advocates for market-based financing for sustainable infrastructure investments.


Four policy pillars are central to the work of the coalition: 

  1. Sustainable Growth
  2. Resource Efficiency
  3. Green Capital
  4. Sustainable Trade 


For more infomation about the CSG and our knowledge partners, please click here


For more information on joining the task force or the coalition, contact:


Gary V. Litman
Senior Vice President, Global Initiatives

Jasmine Schmidt
Associate Manager, Global Initiatives

Recent Activity

EventMay 06, 2021 - 2:00am to 3:00am

Leaders' Climate Summit Reflections - U.S. Sustainable Development Financing Abroad

Join the Global Sustainability Task Force for an event featuring David Marchick, Chief Operating Officer of the Development Finance Corporation following the April 22nd Leaders’ Climate Summit to discuss their new approach to funding environmental development projects.  DFC funding includes large-scale renewables, natural gas, climate disaster management, and green infrastructure.

EventMar 09, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
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U.S. International Sustainability and Climate Agenda Roundtable featuring John Podesta with the Center for American Progress

This week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Resource Sustainability Task Force hosted John Podesta, Founder & Chair of the Center for American Progress, for a conversation on international sustainability and the climate agenda.  

Mar 09, 2021 - 9:00am
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How One Company is Revolutionizing the Clothing Industry’s Waste Streams

Many may view the waste streams generated by the clothing industry as a purely environmental problem, but one business sees it differently.

ArticleOct 23, 2020 - 10:45am
2020 Brazil-U.S. Business Council Connect Summit

Brazil on a Path to Sustainable Recovery

The Brazil-U.S. Business Council (BUSBC) and International Policy Coalition for Sustainable Growth have an ongoing dialogue with the Brazilian government on ways to improve its regulatory framework to meet international standards on sustainability and environmental performance. The U.S.

Above the FoldJun 18, 2020 - 7:00pm
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Advancing Environmentally Sustainable International Trade Amid COVID-19

Mohammad Abunayyan, chair of the B20 ESC Taskforce, breaks down the importance of environmentally sustainable trade in the wake of COVID-19.

EventJun 16, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Environmentally Sustainable International Trade in the Wake of COVID-19

The U.S. Chamber’s International Policy Coalition for Sustainable Growth (CSG) is hosting an international event on June 16th with business leaders and government officials focused on advancing an environmentally-sustainable economic growth agenda in the wake of COVID-19.

EventJun 09, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:45am

From Great Lock Down to Great Transformation featuring Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Join us for a conversation on June 9 from 10:30 am-11:45 am EST with International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva for a business community forum on sustainable global recovery.

Issue BriefJun 05, 2020 - 4:30pm

Sustainability and Trade: Recommendations from the U.S. Chamber

Sustainability and TradeAccording to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and OECD  global trade in environmental goods exceeds $1 trillion annually.

EventMay 28, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Resilient Ecosystems Policies and the Business of Biodiversity

The International Policy Coalition for Sustainable Growth will host a virtual policy consultation featuring the OECD's Biodiversity Working Party, One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B), and Bayer to discuss what international policies are needed to support business investment in biodiversity and resilient ecosystems.  Speakers: