he Institute, a 501(c)(6) non-profit corporation, is an independent, private-sector, self-sustaining coalition. The Institute includes in its membership major employers and employer organizations, including leading American companies in the petrochemical, manufacturing, high technology, construction, pharmaceutical, hospitality, retail, and transportation industries, and many trade associations and community coalitions representing businesses of all sizes.

The Institute is active on legislative, legal, and regulatory issues at the federal, state, and local levels; has an extensive publications agenda; and has an active membership services program of action.