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.

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 



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 bodies.
• Support U.S. policymakers in 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
Vice President, Global Initiatives

Jasmine Schmidt
Associate Manager, Global Initiatives & International Operations

Recent Activity

ReportSep 20, 2019 - 1:15pm

G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting 2019 Ministerial Declaration

We, the Ministers of Labour and Employment of G20 members and invited countries, met in Matsuyama, Japan on 1-2 September 2019 to discuss global developments with respect to employment, and progress on our previous commitments, and agree on policy prioritiesto address demographic change, new forms of work, and global efforts to realize gender equality.

EventSep 19, 2019 - 12:00pm to Sep 20, 2019 - 3:00am
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Ministerial Roundtable featuring Brazilian Minister of Environment Ricardo Salles

Brazil's Minister of Environment Ricardo Salles visited the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to discuss the country’s environmental framework and opportunities for international collaboration.

ReportAug 26, 2019 - 11:30am

NSSG Key messages on nuclear safety and security to the G7 Leaders

The Nuclear Safety and Security Working Group (NSSG) wishes to raise to the Leaders of the G7 the attached nuclear safety and security issues in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

ReportAug 26, 2019 - 11:30am


The Nuclear Safety and Security Group (NSSG), established at the Kananaskis Summit in 2002 and responsible to Leaders, provides technically informed strategic policy advice on issues that could impact safety and security in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, in close cooperation with multilateral organizations and avoiding duplication of tasks or efforts that are being addressed adequately by existing organizations or entities.

Letters to CongressJun 04, 2019 - 2:30pm

Nomination of Stephen Dickson for Administrator of the FAA

Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act) comment request (docket number DHS–2019–0010)1

EventMar 14, 2019 - 8:00am to Mar 15, 2019 - 8:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce leads delegation to Tokyo for 2019 B20 Summit

March 14-15, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Resource Efficiency Task Force will lead the U.S. Business delegation to Tokyo for the B20 Summit to participate in a series of panels followed by dinner with Prime Minister Abe.

Sep 12, 2018 - 4:00pm
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Business Community Leadership is Critical for a Healthy Environment

Companies are increasingly aware of the need to compete based on the efficiency of their resource use.

Letters to CongressMar 15, 2018 - 4:15pm

GBC letter to G20 Argentina Health Working Group Chair

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMarch 15th, 2018 Dr. Adolfo L. RubinsteinArgentine Health MinisterHealth G20 Working Group Chair Dear Minister Rubenstein: