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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.

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

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.

Business Roundtable Names Michael J. Ryan Jr. as Vice President

Washington – Business Roundtable today named Michael J. Ryan Jr. as Vice President overseeing corporate governance and other financial services-related issues. In this role he will oversee all Business Roundtable policy initiatives in these areas, helping to shape and advance Business Roundtable member companies’ priorities. Ryan brings more than 20 years of public- and private-sector experience to the position and a strong understanding of accounting, financial and operational discipline, risk management and compliance procedures.

98 Percent of CEOs Rely on Large U.S. Banks to Operate and Compete Globally

A Business Roundtable report released today reveals how critical globally engaged U.S. banks are to the success of large American companies. According to the findings included in “Business on Banking: How Large Financial Institutions Help Companies Create Growth & Opportunity for America,” 98 percent of Business Roundtable CEOs, representing every sector of the economy, report that they rely on the unique and valuable services that large financial institutions provide in order to run their businesses.

Letter to Reps. Conaway & Scott Supporting H.R. 1003

The undersigned organizations—representing hundreds of end-user companies that employ derivatives to manage risk—write in support of H.R. 1003, a bill to improve consideration by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of the costs and benefits of its regulations and orders.

Letter to SEC Chairman White on Proxy Advisory Firms

On behalf of Business Roundtable, thank you again for meeting with us on June 13 to discuss your views on the future of key regulatory matters. As you will recall, the subject of proxy advisory services was very much on the mind of attendees. Accordingly, following our meeting, I asked the Business Roundtable Corporate Governance Committee to provide me with information about their experience with the proxy advisory services. In the interest of furthering the discussion on the role and regulation of proxy advisory services, we would like to take this opportunity to share the key results with you.

Coalition Comment Letter on SEC Cross-Border Proposal

The Coalition for Derivatives End-Users is pleased to respond to the request for comments by the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding its proposed rules and proposed interpretations under the Dodd-Frank Act.

What CEOs are Saying These Days on the Economy

Catching up with CNBC interviews with BRT-member CEOs. Want to know how the economy's doing? Check these out.

Letter to Gary Retelny Regarding 2013 Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) Proxy Voting Policy Change

We are writing in regard to the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) 2013 proxy voting policy change relating to board responsiveness to majority-supported shareholder proposals.

Supreme Court Upholds Validity of Arbitration Clauses

In a blow to the class-action lawsuit speculators, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the validity of arbitration provisions in business contracts.

Business Roundtable Praises House Approval of Important Dodd-Frank Clarification

Washington – Business Roundtable today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for approving the Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act of 2013, H.R. 634, which exempts non-financial end-users from margin requirements.

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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.