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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

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.

Business Group Praises Bipartisan Introduction of Senate Margin Bill

The Coalition for Derivatives End-Users today issued the following statement on the introduction of Senate legislation to exempt non-financial end-user companies from margin requirements applied to their derivatives trades.

Activists Want to Silence Business

Your editorial "The Corporate Lobbying Proxy War" (April 28) correctly points out that the activists pushing for political disclosures from publicly held corporations are more interested in chilling speech than improving corporate governance and responsiveness to shareholders.

BRT Letter to President Obama on Improving Regulations

When you spoke to Business Roundtable’s meeting on December 5, 2012, you offered to work to improve the effectiveness of federal regulations if we identified specific regulations of concern for review by your Administration. One serious example I want to bring to your attention concerns the implementation of the derivatives title of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Reining in class-action excesses

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently been siding with arguments supported in amicus briefs from business groups that object to overbroad certification in class-action lawsuits against their member companies.


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.