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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.
American workers, shareholders and citizens benefit when companies operate under the highest standards of governance. Business Roundtable promotes governance practices that uphold the highest ethical standards, deliver value to customers and shareholders, and expand economic opportunity for employees and their families.
The Business Roundtable Principles of Corporate Governance details the best, most modern guidance for upholding the highest ethical standards and maximizing long-term value creation. Our Principles address the key issues that shape today’s business environment.
Ball Corporation's Chairman and CEO, John Hayes, outlines the benefits gained when diversity it prioritized at the Board level.
Effective communication with shareholders is a critical element of the operation of today’s public company. While the current shareholder proposal submission process under Rule 14a-8 remains a key component of the interaction between companies and investors, the process is outdated and needs modernization.
For companies to generate long-term economic value and maximize their performance, they need leadership teams with the broadest, deepest perspectives and backgrounds. To achieve this end, America’s business leaders are increasing their commitment to driving diversity in the boardrooms of U.S. public companies.
The current proxy advisory process lacks transparency and accountability – and proxy advisory firms should be subject to SEC oversight. The Proxy Advisory Firm Reform Act of 2016 would take a big step in that direction by requiring proxy advisory firms to register with the SEC and provide the agency with annual material disclosures.
Investors stand to benefit when they are given the relevant information they need to make investment and voting decisions. That’s why we are on the record to preserve the materiality standard for public company disclosure – the foundational principle of U.S. securities laws – in advancing any disclosure reform.
U.S. companies cannot fully invest and hire when burdened by complex, needless financial laws and regulations. We support smart financial regulation – including improvements to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – that would encourage investment, increase U.S. competitiveness and provide real economic benefits for American workers and their families.
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A recent study – titled "Terminating NAFTA: The National and State-by-State Impacts on Jobs, Exports and Output" – found that ending NAFTA would re-impose high tariff costs on U.S. exports and imports, which would reduce the competitiveness of U.S. businesses both domestically and abroad, lower U.S. economic output and cause jobs to be lost. Source
For more than two decades, NAFTA has supported jobs and the economy in the United States. Successful negotiations to update NAFTA should expand on, not diminish, the many benefits this U.S. trade agreement has already created. Source
International Trade and investment supports jobs and economic growth in every state, and now supports an estimated 41 million American jobs. U.S. trade-related employment grew three and a half times faster than total U.S. employment between 2004 and 2014.
Globally engaged U.S. companies create jobs, pay higher wages and increase economic growth in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia. For the United States as a whole, U.S. globally engaged companies directly employed 23.3 million American workers in 2013, the most recent year for which data are available, and paid average annual compensation of $78,000, which is 40 percent higher than the average $56,000 annual compensation paid to workers employed by other U.S. businesses.