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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

Harold McGraw III's Remarks at the National Press Club Newsmaker Event

Thank you, Mark, for those kind words.

And my special thanks to you and your distinguished colleagues for providing me the opportunity to speak at this prestigious venue.

As Mark mentioned, today I’m here in my capacity as Chairman of Business Roundtable. We’re an association of the nation’s CEOs, and we, like all Americans, have come together – Democrats and Republicans – to help find an urgent solution to this financial and economic crisis that is like no other before.

Effective Leadership on the World Stage: CEO Memos to Congress

The U.S. economy today drives world growth, innovation and prosperity. And as recent events reinforce, the health of the U.S. economy is inextricably linked to the economic health of the rest of the world. If America is not doing well, the rest of the world is affected.

Business Roundtable Recommends Plan for Targeted Economic Stimulus

As Congress considers an economic stimulus package, Business Roundtable today presented a series of legislative priorities that it said must be part of such legislation in order to create jobs, boost consumer demand and restore economic growth.

BRT Congratulates Janet Napolitano on Confirmation as Secretary of Homeland Security

Business Roundtable member CEOs congratulate Janet Napolitano on her official confirmation as Secretary of Homeland Security. President Barack Obama’s selection of Napolitano signals that the protection of U.S. citizens is a top priority for the new administration.

2008 Business Roundtable Corporate Governance Survey Trends - Fact Sheet

Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies, recently conducted its sixth annual survey of corporate governance practices. The findings of the survey, completed by member company CEOs, provide a snapshot of key corporate governance issues affecting publicly listed companies.

BRT Companies Contribute More Than $26 Million to Relief Efforts for Hurricanes Gustav and Ike

Immediately following recent hurricanes Gustav and Ike, Business Roundtable’s Partnership for Disaster Response, a cross-industry initiative comprised of CEOs from the nation’s leading companies, efficiently mobilized its members to help meet the urgent needs of affected communities in Texas and Louisiana. The Partnership aims to galvanize the business community to contribute its vast resources – beyond financial contributions – to accelerate on-the-ground relief activities following major disasters.

Statement on Financial Rescue Plan

TO: Members of the U.S. Congress
RE: Troubled Asset Recovery Program

Business Roundtable, which represents chief executive officers of our nation’s leading corporations with $4.5 trillion in annual revenues and nearly 10 million employees, is urging Congress and the administration to reach bipartisan agreement that will ensure swift passage of legislation to stabilize our financial markets. Failure to act now will have widespread negative ramifications across the domestic and international economies.

Michael Dan of The Brink's Company to Chair Business Roundtable's Partnership for Disaster Response

Business Roundtable has named Michael T. Dan, chairman, president and CEO of The Brink's Company, as chairman of its Partnership for Disaster Response. This consortium of CEOs is partnering with national and international relief organizations and leveraging the private sector’s many resources and capabilities to enhance and accelerate on-the-ground relief and recovery efforts following major disasters.

Corporations 101: The Role of Corporations and Corporate Governance

In an era of increasing global competition and economic uncertainty, understanding the role that corporations play is more important than ever. Therefore, Business Roundtable has prepared this paper to provide a brief introduction to corporations, the economic benefits they provide, their governance structure and their record of reforms.

BRT Hosts Panel Discussion on Evolving Role of the Media in Covering Disasters

To mark the official start of hurricane season, and in the wake of major natural disasters in Asia and the U.S., Business Roundtable convened journalists from the nation’s leading news organizations to discuss the radical shift in how the media reports on disasters today, and how the media’s role has evolved since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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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.