Who We Are
- CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders working to ensure U.S. prosperity.
- A non-partisan and non-governmental organization.
What We Do
- Convene top private and public sector leaders to address America’s long-term competitiveness challenges.
- Generate innovative public policy solutions, galvanizing our unique coalition to translate ideas into action.
- Measure U.S. performance in the global marketplace to identify key obstacles and opportunities.
The Council on Competitiveness was founded in 1986 during a time when the United States was facing its most dire economic challenges since the end of World War II. The country had slid from being the world’s largest creditor to its largest debtor, its position as a global leader in technology and innovation was declining and American industries were losing market share to international competitors. To meet these mounting challenges, two-dozen industrial, university, and labor leaders joined together to found the Council, a forum for elevating national competitiveness to the forefront of national consciousness.
The 21st century poses new challenges to American competitiveness - globalization, high-speed communications, enterprise resilience, and energy sustainability issues are forcing organizations at all levels to rethink and redefine how U.S. companies will remain competitive. After two decades, the Council on Competitiveness continues to set an action agenda to drive U.S. productivity and leadership in world markets and to raise the standard of living for all Americans.