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What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.

About BRT

Open markets for international trade and investment are essential for supporting U.S. economic growth and jobs. Business Roundtable supports policies that promote U.S. trade and investment, and create a level playing field for U.S. companies competing in global markets.

Engler: A New President Wanting Growth Will Turn to Trade Agreements

Business Roundtable President John Engler appeared on CNBC this morning to talk about the importance of expanded trade, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, arguing that economic realities will encourage candidates skeptical of trade to embrace it once elected.

In a second segment, he and CNBC's Larry Kudlow discussed China's trade violations and the need for strong enforcement measures.

CEO Survey: Pressing for Passage of Trans-Pacific Partnership

A majority of Business Roundtable CEOs responding to the Q1 CEO Economic Outlook Survey reported that passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership would have a positive effect on their ability to “grow my company and become more globally competitive” and to “expand U.S. operations.”  In a media briefing Tuesday, Business Roundtable Chairman Doug Oberhelman of Caterpillar said passage in Congress was definitely doable, even with all the campaign rhetoric critical of trade agreements.

CEO Survey Shows Economy Stuck on Slow, TPP Would Boost Growth

U.S. GDP will grow just 2.2 percent in 2016, according to results of Business Roundtable's Q1 CEO 2016 Economic Outlook Survey released today, dropping from last quarter's projection of 2.4 percent.

What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will cut foreign tariffs, reduce red tape and create enforceable rules that will put U.S. businesses, farmers and workers on a level playing field with foreign competitors. The TPP opens the door for increased U.S. exports, higher-paying U.S. jobs and a stronger U.S. economy. Congress should take action to implement this agreement so American businesses, farmers and workers can start realizing the benefits of the TPP as soon as possible.

Business Leaders Welcome Signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement

We welcome the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which presents a tremendous opportunity for American workers, farmers and businesses – and for the entire U.S. economy,

Business Roundtable: 15.6 Million American Jobs Depend on Trade with Trans-Pacific Partnership Countries

Business Roundtable released compelling new national and state-level data on the benefits of trade between the United States and the 11 other countries - Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, japan, Malaysia, Mexico New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam - that are party to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Here are some data highlights:

Trade with Trans-Pacific Partnership Countries Supported 15.6 Million American Jobs

BRT released the most up-to-date national and state-level data on the benefits of trade between the United States and the 11 countries that are party to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

Trade & American Jobs: 2016 Update

The Impact of Trade on U.S. & State Level Employment

Executive Summary

America’s Business Leaders Support Trans-Pacific Partnership

The TPP represents a huge opportunity for the U.S. economy and American companies, farmers and workers.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Overview

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is a regional trade agreement that the United States negotiated with 11 other Asia-Pacific countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam).


Committee Priorities

The United States and 11 other countries have completed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a modern trade agreement that creates new opportunities for American manufacturing and services businesses large and small to compete in a global economy. The TPP cuts over 18,000 foreign taxes on American-made products, leveling the playing field for U.S. exporters.

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As business leaders representing every sector of the economy, we know that trade — both exports and imports — and U.S. trade agreements help drive America’s economic growth, competitiveness and job creation. Currently, trade supports more than one in five American jobs. Exports account for nearly 14 percent of overall U.S. GDP, and since 2004, U.S. exports have grown faster than GDP.

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Competing in the Global Marketplace

Business Roundtable supports policies that help U.S. companies and workers increase their competitiveness in the global marketplace and ensure that U.S. and foreign markets remain open for trade and investment. 

With over 95 percent of the world’s population and 80 percent of the world’s purchasing power outside of the United States, Business Roundtable supports: (1) Actively pursuing strategic bilateral and regional negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP); (2) Actively pursuing plurilateral negotiations like the Trade in Services Agreement and an expanded WTO Information Technology Agreement; and (3) Vigorously enforcing U.S. rights under existing and future agreements.

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Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is a critical tool for advancing the U.S. trade agreements to support U.S. economic growth and jobs.

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Emerging Growth Markets

Tapping into the world’s emerging markets – like China and India – is one of the keys to U.S. economic growth and job creation. Business Roundtable encourages constructive engagement by: (1) targeting the elimination of market access barriers and discriminatory treatment of U.S. exporters and investments; and (2) enforcing U.S. rights under international trade and investment rules to ensure that U.S. companies and workers are not disadvantaged by discriminatory foreign government policies.

Promoting Trade

Business Roundtable supports: (1) reauthorizing the U.S. Export-Import Bank to help U.S. companies compete for sales abroad and support the U.S. jobs that depend on those sales; (2) continuing to implement reforms to outdated U.S. export controls; and (3) increasing international regulatory cooperation through initiatives such as the TPP and TTIP negotiations and the high-level U.S. regulatory working groups with Canada and Mexico.