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The mission of the ABI is to engage the U.S. business community on legislative policies that foster foreign direct investment in Africa, to facilitate trade between the United States and African countries, and to introduce U.S. companies to the continent's vast economic opportunities. The biggest obstacles to economic engagement across Africa are the unknown and perceived risks. The ABI's job is to help companies mitigate these risks through advocacy and access and by identifying investment opportunities. Under ABI's leadership, sector task forces, made up of U.S. corporate representatives, will engage key members of Congress, the Administration, and foreign governments in strategic dialogues to foster private sector engagement.
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 Council is the principal forum for the development of basic 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. Our system performs best if it rests on a sound understanding of business realities in a global economy and a strong commitment to eliminating unproductive, anticompetitive objectives that reduce competitiveness. The Council works to promote the fundamental principles of our free enterprise economy and recognizes that the free market system is essential to ensuring a vibrant and productive economy.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Asia Department gives voice to policies that help American companies compete and prosper in Asia's dynamic marketplace. The regional expertise of the Asia staff, coupled with the full weight of the U.S. Chamber, allows companies to actively shape policy debates in Asia and in Washington. The Chamber helps companies gain greater access to senior government officials and corporate representatives in a way few organizations can.
Reporting to the International Policy Committee, convening as needed, the task force focuses on matters such as China's compliance with its World Trade Organization obligations, FTAs in force (Australia, Singapore) or under consideration in the region (Korea), expansion of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) integration, and ongoing market access and commercial relations issues across the entire region. The task force also focuses on intellectual property issues of particular importance to U.S. companies operating in this region, including the compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals in Thailand.
For more than 50 years, leading association executives have gathered under the banner of the U.S. Chamber's Association Committee of 100 (C100) to network, build partnerships, and discuss current issues. The committee also helps determine the benefits and services offered to association members. C100 members gain access to all exclusive programming the Chamber offers including invitations to: Two meetings per year in major cities or at resorts that showcase the best of their accommodations, meeting facilities, and trade show capabilities. These events deliver leadership development through high-impact seminars with business experts and leading authors, discussions on pressing policy issues, and CEO-to-CEO breakout sessions. Association Lecture Series co-hosted by Leading Authorities Speakers Bureau. C100 Lunch Series hosted by committee members. Issue briefings with the Chamber's lobbyists and regulatory experts as well as access to Chamber policy committees. If you're interested in having a seat on C100 or would like more information, contact Raymond P. Towle, IOM, CAE, at rtowle@uschamber.com or call 202-463-5853. 
America faces big challenges. A sluggish recovery. Rising taxes. Falling incomes. Exploding deficits. An ever-expanding federal government. How do we get out of this mess? 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. Our economic system has allowed us to build the single greatest engine of growth and shared prosperity that the world has ever known. Free enterprise enables many not only to “dream big” but to fulfill their dreams. But we must allow it to work its wonders—to create opportunity and foster innovation, not rely on big government. 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. Through special programs, public engagement, and youth outreach, the campaign highlights free enterprise policies, people, and programs that create opportunity, foster innovation, and support the greatest economy on earth.
The U.S. Chamber is establishing a Center for Advanced Technology & Innovation, with offices in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., to better meet the needs of its tech members around the country, and to tell the story that America’s economic future can be even brighter than its past if we make the right policy choices.
Over the last 50 years, the U.S. capital markets have been the most attractive and best performing in the world, and this has provided the United States with tremendous economic advantages. Unfortunately, more than three years after the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, companies and markets face an environment with changing rules, shifting advice, new layers of cost, and duplicative compliance and bureaucracy. 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. As one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, CIPE promotes democratic and market-oriented economic reform by working directly with the private sector in developing countries.
The Center for Women in Business (CWB) promotes and empowers women business leaders to achieve their personal and professional goals by increasing opportunities for women to serve on corporate boards and in the C-suite; mentoring women in the early stages of their careers or re-entering the workforce; and building a network of women entrepreneurs to encourage peer-to-peer networking, education, and professional growth.
the perspectives and needs of chambers and their members to the U.S. Chamber.   CCC100 members attend two exclusive meetings each year on leadership, policy, and best practices. Identifying emerging issues that will impact chambers and their members, CCC100 advises the U.S. Chamber on programs and services for chambers and provides feedback on policy-related issues. View list of Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 members. 
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 China program addresses challenges in the emerging areas of Chinese standards, competition, government procurement, and patent policies. It conducts programs with Chinese and U.S. government, corporate, and association stakeholders on the important role of American business in China's efforts to build an innovative economy. The China program works to build a platform to facilitate sustained dialogue and information sharing between U.S. and Chinese stakeholders in the area of corporate citizenship. The China program manages a Greater China Initiative, consisting of an array of programs, including dialogues such as the Hong Kong-United States Business Council, and activities focused on increasing trade and investment between the United States, Taiwan, and Mongolia.
The Corporate Citizenship Center (CCC) addresses societal issues that affect business, including globalization, community development, disaster response, and more.
The council was established in 2007 by the U.S. Chamber to highlight and strengthen the importance of mid-market businesses to legislators, policymakers and regulators in Washington, D.C., and to amplify their collective voice on a wide range of policy issues. The council serves as the primary vehicle through which mid-market business leaders provide input to formulate and advance the U.S. Chamber's strong pro-business agenda. Visit the Corporate Leadership Advisory Council Website Homepage.
Visit the Small Business Council Website Homepage. The council is the U.S. Chamber's principal policy committee and action group representing the issues of concern to small business. In addition to formulating small business policy, the council assists small business members in creating effective grass roots actions and strategies on legislative, regulatory and international initiatives. The group is able to bring to the Board's attention small business issues they regard as important or comment on the small business impact of policy being formulated by other Chamber standing policy committees.   
The U.S. Chamber's Economic and Tax Policy Division focuses its work on advancing policies that create jobs and foster economic growth. Our division is committed to pro-growth tax policies that preserve America's global competitiveness and is opposed to tax increases that reduce businesses' ability to grow, invest, and create jobs. We believe a successful economy depends on a tax code that rewards achievement, encourages investment, and promotes growth. Below you will find links to our policy objectives and accomplishments, recent Hill communications, and other relevant materials.
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 (EETC) directs Chamber policy relating to all issues that affect education and workforce development policy, including workforce development preparation, Pre-K - 12 education reform, postsecondary education, career and technical education, incumbent worker training, and lifelong learning, among others. The committee's existing policy statements will guide the Chamber's work on issues related to workforce and education. However, EETC is committed to a flexible policy making process, allowing for policy directives that are congruent with Congressional action on education and workforce issues. The committee also will explore other policies as identified that relate to education and workforce development policy. The EETC, along with the Board of Directors for the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), will advise the work of the ICW.
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, which works on those issues in more technical detail than the full committee.
The Energy, Clean Air, & Natural Resources Committee develops and maintains Chamber policy on all aspects of energy, clean air and natural resources. Specifically, the committee is responsible for the development of policies concerning the regulation of domestic energy markets, air, natural resources and climate change to ensure that these laws and regulations are reasonable, based on sound science and the best data available, consider actual health risks, and avoid unnecessary burdens on energy supplies and the economy. The committee works to promote legal and regulatory reforms and other safeguards against regulatory abuses by administrative agencies.   Kathy Beckett, Member, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC chairs this committee.   Read more about the Chamber's 2013 accomplishments and 2014 priorities.
The Environment & Agriculture Committee develops Chamber policy related to the environment, agriculture, chemicals and water.  Specifically, the committee is responsible for the development of 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 actual health risks, and avoid unnecessary burdens.  The committee advocates for an effective environmental policy that does not harm the economy, and works to promote regulatory reforms and other safeguards against regulatory abuses by administrative agencies. Donald Sterhan, President & CEO, Mountain Plains Equity Group, Inc. chairs this committee. The committee’s Vice Chair is David Kepler, Executive Vice President, The Dow Chemical Company.    Read more about the Chamber's 2013 accomplishments and 2014 priorities.
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 Chamber's Europe team champions a pro-business agenda in foreign capitals, international organizations, and multilateral forums in Europe and Washington to expand commercial opportunities for members by advancing open and competitive markets, economic growth, and transatlantic cooperation.
Reporting to the International Policy Committee, the task force focuses on issues of relevance to U.S. business in Europe and Eurasia, including U.S.-European Union and U.S. bilateral commercial relations, EU legislative and regulatory developments affecting U.S. trade and investment in Europe, the European legal environment, regulatory cooperation in the transatlantic market and international organizations, access to Turkey, Russia and the former Soviet Union markets, development of regional trade regimes in the Caspian/Black Sea region, and unilateral U.S. economic sanctions. The task force also focuses on intellectual property challenges of particular importance to U.S. companies operating in this region.
To meet the serious criminal and policy threats facing innovators, IP-based industries, and consumers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce created the Global Intellectual Property 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.
The Government Operations, Oversight & Consumer Affairs Committee has broad responsibility for the federal government’s regulatory and information collection processes, as well as the procedural operation of government agencies and consumer affairs.  The committee is also responsible for developing and carrying out policy on regulatory process reform, regulatory review, and other proposals directed at taming the growth and reducing the burden of federal regulations (including regulatory flexibility, paperwork reduction, information quality regulatory accountability and cost/benefit legislation).  Another primary function is to complement other Chamber policy committees -- deferring to the substantive expertise of others, in providing another avenue for ensuring that the proper review processes are followed, and that federal regulatory activities are necessary and the least burdensome alternatives for implementing federal regulations are adopted.  The Committee also monitors the oversight activities of Congress.   Harry Alford, President & CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce chairs this committee.   Read more about the Chamber's 2013 accomplishments and 2014 priorities.
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 purpose of the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy 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 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.
This committee develops the Chamber's international policy positions and recommendations. This includes review of critical choices facing the U.S. business community as Congress and the Administration consider such matters as negotiation of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade agreements, the World Trade Organization's impact on U.S. commercial interests, new efforts to remove foreign trade barriers, changes in various U.S. trade laws and trade development programs, and various "domestic" issues that bear directly on U.S. international competitiveness.
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. The committee guides and assists the Chamber's efforts to craft sound labor and employment policies in the interest of our members and their employees. It also assists our efforts to counterbalance the efforts of other groups advocating the erosion of management rights. This committee has a number of active subcommittees. They are: Wage, Hour, and Leave; Immigration; Equal Employment Opportunity; Occupational Safety and Health; International Perspectives; and National Labor Relations Act.
The Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits Division facilitates the use of two policy committees (Labor Relations Committee and Employee Benefits Committee) composed of Chamber members that formulate and analyze the Chamber's policy in the areas of labor law, immigration, pension and health care. The 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.
The U.S. Chamber-led Let’s Rebuild America (LRA) initiative is the Chamber’s response to America’s infrastructure challenge—keep up with what the business community demands or U.S. economic productivity and global competitiveness will suffer. Chaired by Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue, LRA advocates for the need to maintain, modernize, and expand our nation’s infrastructure.
The National Chamber Litigation Center (NCLC), the public-policy law firm of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, plays a major role in shaping public policy on important legal questions of national concern to American business while achieving long-range improvements in the legal system.
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 National Security Task Force is responsible for the development and advancement of Chamber policy related to homeland security and national security.  Chaired by Governor Tom Ridge (the first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security) the Task Force is comprised of over 170 companies, associations, and state and local chambers, represents a broad spectrum of the American economy the Task Force engages Capitol Hill, the administration and international governments to advance priorities related to cyber security, supply chain, customs and trade facilitation, public private partnerships and emergency preparedness. The Task Force’s working groups on Cyber Security and Global Supply Chain Security identify current and emerging issues, craft policies and aggressively pursue reforms through advocacy.  Among the top priorities include: promoting effective supply chain, customs and trade facilitation policies that support the free movement of goods in the global supply chain to enhance U.S. global competitiveness and engaging policymakers to focus on collaboration, flexibility, and cost reduction as both industry and the administration work to develop a cybersecurity framework.  
The U.S. Chamber is one of Washington’s most influential advocacy organizations. It is an institution in its own right, having celebrated its 100th anniversary in April 2012. Today, more than ever, Washington needs to hear the voice of the American business community to ensure a balanced policy agenda that keeps our economy growing and puts millions of Americans back to work. As part of its efforts to reflect the rich and diverse nature of the American economy, the Chamber is launching the Native American Enterprise Initiative (NAEI) to promote the interests and agenda of tribes and tribal entrepreneurs.
The Political Affairs and Federation Relations division is responsible for the Chamber’s national political, grassroots, and election-related activities, including its advocacy and membership programs. Political Affairs and Federation Relations 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. The division’s political program is focused on electing or re-electing pro-business candidates to Congress. That goal is supported by the grassroots and lobbying program 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 providing the public sector with goods and services. Through the Council's activities, the Chamber continues to promote an efficient, streamlined procurement process that is beneficial to both the private and public sectors. Government Contracting Policies  
This committee is comprised of approximately 70 members from across the country who represent Fortune 500, mid-size and small businesses, chambers and associations. The primary goal of the committee is to oversee the Chamber's involvement in federal elections. This includes candidate recruitment, endorsements, press conferences, candidate Meet & Greets, PAC development, candidate fundraisers, and get-out-the-vote programs. Additionally, the committee oversees legislative and regulatory issues that involve federal elections such as Campaign Finance Reform, Term Limits, and Federal Election Commission Rules.
Small businesses account for three-quarters of all new jobs in this country and embody the spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and individual initiative. Because of the U.S. Chamber's key role in ensuring our country’s growth and prosperity, it has launched U.S. Chamber Small Business Nation. 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. Bringing together America’s small businesses – the engine of economic growth – will strengthen individual endeavors while amplifying the collective voice of business.
The South Asia team promotes trade and investment opportunities for U.S. companies in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Our team works closely with Chamber members and government officials from the U.S. and respective countries in this region to advocate market-oriented reforms and strengthen commercial ties and American engagement in South Asia. Our staff advances the policy priorities of Chamber members through joint programs with leading business organizations, including AmChams and leadings local chambers of commerce of countries of this region.
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. By engaging Chamber members both in Washington and in Southeast Asia, the recently expanded team encourages economic cooperation between countries in the region and strengthens coordination on issues of strategic importance to U.S. business, including intellectual property protection, free trade agreements, and regional economic integration.  mber'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. By engaging Chamber members both in Washington and in Southeast Asia, the recently expanded team encourages economic cooperation between countries in the region and strengthens coordination on issues of strategic importance to U.S. business, including intellectual property protection, free trade agreements, and regional economic integration.
The committee analyzes and recommends policy on federal tax legislative initiatives and changes to regulations, procedures, and rules issued by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service. This includes initiating and reviewing proposals to promote long-term economic growth and the international competitiveness of U.S. business.
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. Participation on the committee enables Chamber members to develop and implement these policies and interact with other members of the regulated community. Outdated laws and regulations impede U.S. technological innovation and deployment that are vital to the U.S. economy. The Chamber promotes market-based solutions, policies that foster investment in technology research and deployment, and balanced regulatory treatment of technical platforms.   Ernest Green Jr., President & CEO, E&E Enterprises Global, Inc. chairs this committee.   Read more about the Chamber's 2013 accomplishments and 2014 priorities.  
This committee is responsible for the development and implementation of the Chamber's transportation infrastructure policy. The committee will concentrate on what must be done collectively by both the "users" and "providers" of transportation infrastructure to improve economic productivity, international competitiveness, and quality of life. Issues of concern include the following: promoting the link between transportation and economic productivity, prohibiting/reducing revenue diversion from transportation trust funds, and gaining full funding for judicious infrastructure investments.
The U.S.-Turkey Business Council is a vehicle for dialogue and engagement between American and Turkish business and governmental decision-makers. Through the Council, American and Turkish companies collaborate to establish partnerships and advocate for economic, legal, and political policies that expand bilateral trade between the United States and Turkey, open new markets to foreign direct investment, and create employment opportunities in both countries.   The USTBC is a core program of the Turkey and Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  
The U.S. Chamber's Turkey and Middle East 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. Over the past year, our existing partnerships grew significantly and we increased our presence in the region - building efforts to provide input on substantive policy initiatives that drive U.S. trade and investment in the region. We launched the Middle East Commercial Center (MECC), formed the U.S.-Turkey Business Council, conducted business missions to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq, Bahrain, and the UAE, and hosted heads of state and senior government officials from Israel, Egypt, Bahrain, and Turkey, among others. In addition, we established 501(c)3 entities to further educate key decision makers in the public and private sectors on the MECC and the U.S.-Israel business partnership.  In 2014, we will continue to lead the business community's efforts to shape policies that advance U.S. trade and investment in these countries. Our programs and initiatives will both help expand U.S. companies' access to the growing markets in Turkey and the Middle East, and attract inward investment into the United States.
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.
Reporting to the International Policy Committee, convening as needed, the task force focuses on efforts to enhance competitiveness and economically integrate the Western Hemisphere (e.g., through free trade agreements such as NAFTA, DR-CAFTA, and bilateral agreements with Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Panama). It regularly contributes to policy advocacy on topics including counterfeiting and piracy, trade facilitation, and respect for contracts and private property.
The Workforce Freedom Initiative is a grassroots mobilization and advocacy campaign of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to preserve democracy in the American workplace, restrain abusive union pension fund activism, and block the anti-competitive agenda advocated by many labor unions.