Resource Efficiency & Sustainability Task Force

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. 


Global economic growth requires the ever more efficient use of natural resources for the private sector to develop sustainable solutions. This task force advocates for a vigorous dialogue between policymakers, stakeholders, and the private sector to bring effective solutions to the market.

Main Directions for Advocacy:

• Manufacturing
• Global Logistics
• Construction & Urban Development
• Land Use & Agribusiness
• Consumer Goods
• Data Management
• Resource Efficiency Financing

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



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.

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Public Outreach:

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




Pressure is rising on business to demonstrate sustainable and efficient use of natural resources but 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 the 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 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 better management of finite resources.


Get Involved:

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

Gary V. Litman
Vice President, Global Initiatives

Katie Holzman
Associate Manager, International Development

Recent Activity

EventNov 11, 2019 - 8:15am to Nov 12, 2019 - 1:15pm

International Dialogue on Sustainable Resources in Brasilia, Brazil

On 11 November 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Sustainability Task Force successfully launched a series of International Dialogues on Sustainable Resources in Brasilia with the Brazilian Ministry of Environment.

ReportOct 17, 2019 - 8:45am

Roadmap for the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue

The G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue (hereinafter “the G20 RE Dialogue”) developed this Roadmap to promote its activities more effectively.

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


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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.

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.