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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.

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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

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.

BRT Letter Supporting Swaps Jurisdiction Certainty Act

Business Roundtable urges support for H.R. 1256, the "Swaps Jurisdiction Certainty Act," which the House of Representatives is scheduled to take up today.

Getting a Handle on Proxy Advisory Firms

A House subcommittee hearing this week raised warning flags about proxy access firms, the complexity of the proxy process, conflicts of interest, and the firms' voting policies.

Business Leaders Press SEC to Address Shareholder Communications, Proxy Advisory Firms

Washington – Testifying today on behalf of the Business Roundtable-led Shareholder Communications Coalition, Niels Holch, Executive Director of the Coalition, told members of the House Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) must reform the shareholder communications and proxy voting system to enable direct communications with shareholders, improve transparency and accountability and ensure that shareholder votes are verifiable and auditable.

Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to 'Inventive' Class Action Suits

The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down a lawsuit that used a cobbled together group of often-bogus claims to attack a washing-machine manufacturer.

Business Steps Up for Tornado Relief

A round-up of what Business Roundtable member companies are doing to help in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado.

Letter to Secretary Lew on US-China Audit Agreements

The undersigned organizations, which represent hundreds of thousands of businesses, small and large, from all sectors of the economy employing tens of millions of Americans, are deeply concerned by the failure of the relevant parties to reach an agreement granting regulators access to audit work papers.


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.