WORKING GROUPS & TASK FORCES
ASBC’s Working Groups and Task Forces provide members with an ongoing opportunity to shape and engage in our policy work.
Working Groups are organized around major, policy or issue areas, (e.g. energy/environment, tax reform, safer chemicals, responsible workplace, etc.) and they meet on an on-going basis. The working groups are designed to: act as a body of advisors to ASBC staff; help us think long-term; define principles that guide the on-going work within a policy area; identify new opportunities; provide spokespersons; and mobilize members to support specific campaigns. They meet every two or three months; are supported by ASBC staff and guided by ASBC members who serve as co-chairs.
ASBC is building the business case for public policies and private-sector coordination to create a more regenerative, just, and equitable agricultural system. This ASBC campaign has two main pillars: Regenerative Agriculture & Food Systems, and Justice & Equity in Agriculture.
The objective of ASBC’s Climate & Energy working group is to discuss and identify key problems, solutions and strategies to address the climate and energy crisis our planet is facing. Global temperature has been on the rise, with the first decade of the 21st century the warmest on record. Overwhelmingly, scientists agree that man-made climate change is occurring. Climate events are indisputably more frequent, more severe and more destructive.
The Sustainable Packaging Working group brings together a wide variety of key stakeholders as ASBC works to tackle the waste crisis, especially plastic waste, in the United States. Environmentally-focused organizations and business leaders from across the nation collaborate to help guide our Packaging Waste Reduction campaign, with a focus on both federal and state level policies.
There is no going back! The Covid-19 crisis has revealed what many of us have always known, our current system of capitalism does not work for most Americans. As Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Steven Pearlstein recently wrote, “our economic system has run off the moral rails, offending our sense of fairness, eroding our sense of community, poisoning our politics and rewarding values that easily degenerate into greed and indifference.”
This working group will focus on public policy initiatives at the state and federal level. The ASBC-BizNGO Safer Chemicals Public Policy Work Group features in-depth analyses by policy experts, monitors federal and state chemical policy initiatives, and engages in and comments on initiatives where we have expertise.
ASBC’s Race and Equity Working Group was created to address the inequities prevalent and pervasive in the economic and social construct of the United States and to hold our legislators accountable to social and economic justice. We ensure that the dignity and respect of diverse perspectives, voices and values of a multicultural America are heard and reflected in ASBC’s policy work toward creating an equitable and compassionate economy for all.
ASBC’s Working Group for Women is a ‘think-do tank’ for forward-thinking women business owners, managers and employees that helps to ensure that gender concerns are reflected in our policy and advocacy work.