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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

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.

Making the case for arbitration

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday on a key arbitration case, American Express v. Italian Colors.

Consumers, business both served by arbitration

Anticipating oral arguments in American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, the Manhattan Institute's Ted Frank explains why arbitration aids consumers.

Government Transformation Conference - Opening Remarks

Danny Werfel, Federal Controller for the Office of Management and Budget, gives the opening remarks to the "Transfoming Government for the 21st Century" conference.

Lessons from Private Sector and State Governments

Panel 1: Transformation in the Public and Private Sectors -- Lessons for the Federal Government

This panel from the "Transforming Government for the 21st Century" conference features:

Matt Rose, BNSF Railway Company
David Melcher, Exelis Inc.
Governor Tim Pawlenty, Financial Services Roundtable
Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard Kennedy School
Moderator: Cathilea Robinett, GOVERNING Magazine

Opportunities and Challenges for Federal Government Transformation

Panel 2: Transformation in the Federal Government: Opportunities and Challenges

This panel from the "Transforming Government for the 21st Century" conference features:

Jorge Benitez, Accenture plc

Mark Bertolini, Aetna, Inc.

Steve Preston, former HUD Secretary

David Walker, Comeback America Initiative

Moderator: Cathilea Robinett, GOVERNING Magazine

Legislative Oversight of Executive Organization & Management

Panel 3: View from the Senate: Legislative Oversight of Executive Organization and Management

This panel from the "Transforming Government for the 21st Century" conference features:

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR)

The goal? Transforming government for efficiency, savings

Business Roundtable sponsored a substance-heavy conference on "government transformation" Wednesday, featuring CEOs, political leaders, and experts on government management.

BRT Petition Challenging Final Conflict Minerals Rule

The Business Roundtable filed a petition challenging the Security and Exchange Commission’s final Conflict Minerals rule included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

Resolving Business Conflicts without Litigation

Delaware's options for arbitration in business disputes should be preserved, BRT and the U.S. Chamber say.

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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.