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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.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.

About BRT

U.S. corporations employ millions of American workers, create opportunity for employees and shareholders, drive innovation, improve the lives of consumers, and provide health care and other benefits to American families. The way corporations are governed directly affects the well-being of employees, shareholders and consumers.

Business Roundtable advocates for corporate governance policies that help create long-term value, advance the economic interests of workers, shareholders and consumers, and uphold the highest ethical standards.

Recent Activities in Corporate Governance

January 4, 2018

Business Roundtable appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (the “Commission” or “SEC”) proposed rule—FAST Act Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K (the “Proposed Rule”).

November 14, 2017
The Honorable Jeb Hensarling
Committee on Financial Services
U.S. House of Representatives 
Washington, DC  20515
The Honorable Maxine Waters
Ranking Member
Committee on Financial Services
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC  20515
Dear Chairman Hensarling and Ranking Member Waters:
September 1, 2017

On behalf of the CEO members of Business Roundtable, we appreciate the opportunity to provide our comments on the Core Principles for Regulating the U.S. Financial System outlined in Executive Order 13772.

August 4, 2017

We believe constructive shareholder engagement is vital to the successful operation of public companies. The importance of this relationship drives the need for a shareholder proposal process that is robust, productive and oriented toward long-term value creation for all shareholders. That is not the case today.

August 2, 2017

Business Roundtable believes the CEO pay ratio rule should be changed to exclude employees located outside of the United States in determining the median employee. Doing so would create a more consistent common denominator in the many variables that exist in formulating the ratio. In addition, BRT suggests that non-full time employees be exempt from the rule to provide some protection against distorted results.


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As business leaders representing every sector of the American economy, Business Roundtable members uphold the highest standards of ethics, integrity and sound governance. Our CEO members represent the best in responsible corporate citizenship, supporting jobs and long-term economic opportunity in communities across the United States.

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