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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

As business leaders representing every sector of the economy, Business Roundtable members uphold the highest standards of ethics, integrity and sound governance. Our CEO members represent the very best in responsible corporate citizenship, supporting jobs and long-term economic opportunity in communities across the United States.

Comments on Regulation

Business Roundtable Statement on Passage of Financial Choice Act

Washington – Business Roundtable today praised the inclusion of important corporate governance provisions in the Financial CHOICE Act, citing the legislation’s House passage as an example of regulatory reform designed to make the U.S. business climate more competitive.

John Hayes, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ball Corporation and Chair of the Business Roundtable Corporate Governance Committee, issued the following statement following the House vote:

Letter: Business Roundtable Organizations Express Views on the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

America’s business leaders have consistently called for a smarter, more effective approach to financial services regulation that targets systemic economic risks without limiting business creativity and innovation.

Business Roundtable Comment Letter to SEC on Implemention of Pay Ratio Rule

The requirement that a company disclose the ratio of its CEO’s compensation to that of its median employee is not only immaterial to investors, it also is both costly and harmful to companies, employees and investors.

BRT Letter to SEC on Conflict Minerals Disclosures

Business Roundtable responds to a request from Securities and Exchange Commission for further information on the conflict minerals rule.

Business Leaders Welcome SEC Reconsideration of CEO Pay Ratio Rule

Reconsidering the CEO pay ratio rule is consistent with the SEC's mission to focus on rules that protect investors, maintain fair and orderly capital markets and facilitate the creation of long-term shareholder value.

BRT Letter Raises Concerns over SEC's Proposed Rules for Universal Proxy Requirement

[The] proposed rules will disenfranchise shareholders, increase the costs of contested elections to the detriment of shareholder value, and further shift power and influence to shareholders driven by special interests and largely unregulated proxy advisory firms.

America’s Business Leaders Offer Solutions to Fix Shareholder Proposal Process

Business Roundtable today issued a new report that proposes specific solutions to improve the outdated shareholder proposal process.

Responsible Shareholder Engagement & Long-Term Value Creation

America’s top CEOs detail how the shareholder proposal process has fallen out of step with corporate decision-making and capital markets today.

Engler Testimony Before House Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises

Business Roundtable President John Engler recently testified during the hearing, "Corporate Governance: Fostering a System that Promotes Capital Formation and Maximizes Shareholder Value."

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Committee Priorities

Corporate Governance

Business Roundtable promotes best practices in corporate governance that focus on long-term value creation, advance the economic interests of workers, shareholders and consumers, and uphold the highest ethical standards. America’s business leaders set the standard for effective, ethical corporate governance in the Business Roundtable Principles of Corporate Governance.

In a forthcoming update to the Principles, the CEOs of Business Roundtable are increasing their emphasis on promoting diversity in the boardrooms of U.S. public companies. Read more about their commitment here.

Smart Financial Regulation

Overly complex and burdensome U.S. financial laws and regulations hamper the ability of U.S. companies to invest and hire, without sufficient compensating social benefit. In particular, several provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act impose needless requirements that do not result in real economic benefit for American workers and families.

Business Roundtable supports smart financial regulation – including improvements to Dodd-Frank – that encourage greater investment and advance America’s competitiveness in the global economy.

Read more about our work to improve Dodd-Frank.

Shareholder Engagement

Business Roundtable believes enhanced, direct engagement with shareholders who are interested in a company’s long-term value is beneficial to both the business and its investors. Business Roundtable supports reform of disclosure requirements that would better allow companies to provide investors with the material information needed to make effective long-term investment and voting decisions.