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The Voice of Corporate Governance
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The Council of Institutional Investors (CII) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association of pension funds and other employee benefit funds, foundations and endowments with combined assets that exceed $3 trillion, and a leading voice for good corporate governance and strong shareowner rights.

The Council's mission is to educate its members, policymakers and the public about corporate governance, shareowner rights and related investment issues, and to advocate on members' behalf.

Corporate governance is the patchwork of rules and processes that define the relationship of shareowners, management and directors. Good corporate governance is a system of checks and balances that fosters transparency, responsibility, accountability and market integrity. While it does not guarantee a higher stock price, it is a bulwark against the risk of fraud, reckless behavior or other abuses. For information about academic studies on corporate governance, please contact Council staffer Glenn Davis at glenn@cii.org.

Over the years, the Council has developed an extensive body of corporate governance best practices that many U.S. companies embrace. Our members have also endorsed policies on many other investment-related issues.

Council members have a significant, long-term stake in the U.S. financial markets. On average, they invest about 55 percent of their portfolios in stocks and bonds of U.S. public companies. They represent the “patient capital” of the markets because of their long investment horizons and heavy use of indexing strategies. They can’t do the “Wall Street walk” - sell their shares when they are dissatisfied with a portfolio company. That is what drives member funds’ deep commitment to good corporate governance.

Council initiatives, events and policies are covered frequently in the media--in print, on the Web and over the air waves. To read what others are saying about the Council, please visit the Council in the News page.

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