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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.

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

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.

Read our comments on regulation.

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.

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.

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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, as well as 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.

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 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 that constructive engagement with shareholders benefits both businesses and their investors. The importance of this relationship underscores the need to modernize the shareholder proposal process so that it is robust, productive and oriented toward long-term economic value creation. Business Roundtable has offered recommendations for modernizing the process in Responsible Shareholder Engagement and Long-Term Value Creation.