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In testimony today at a House Financial Services Subcommittee hearing on corporate governance, Business Roundtable President John Engler urged a renewed commitment to the bedrock materiality standard for public company disclosure requirements. This will help ensure the investing public benefits from useful, clear disclosures.

Engler also outlined the Business Roundtable proposals for modernizing the misuse of the shareholder proposal process to encourage long-term value creation, stating:

“Responsible shareholder engagement is essential for a company to perform at a high level. …

“The current shareholder proposal process has been hijacked by corporate gadflies and political activist investors. These individuals often have insignificant economic stakes in target companies, owning only the minimal amount of shares that it takes to file shareholder proposals. …

“It has become enormously expensive for corporations to manage and respond to these types of shareholder proposals, and these costs may be passed along to ordinary investors.”

Read about the Business Roundtable proposed reforms in Engler’s written testimony here.

Last month, Business Roundtable released the updated edition of Principles of Corporate Governance, providing America’s public companies with leading guidance for upholding the highest ethical standards. The new report, which spotlights top governance issues driving business decision-making today, is available here.

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