Council of Institutional Investors


Why Join CII?

From its inception in 1985, CII has been recognized by U.S. policy makers as the leading voice for good corporate governance and shareholder rights in the United States. With 31 of the top 50 largest U.S. Asset Owners and over 320 total member organizations, CII's extensive network of members, representing the key players in the financial markets, is one of the largest in the United States.

Our members include public pension systems with more than 15 million participants – true “Main Street” investors through their pension funds, as well as corporate employee benefit plans, foundations, endowments and labor union funds. Our associate members include more than 10 non-U.S. asset owners with about $4.8 trillion in assets, and more than 75 asset managers with more than $55 trillion in assets under management. 

CII's member-approved governance policies are the backbone of the advocacy work we do and they represent the melding of a diverse range of interests. There is one place where CalPERS, Chevron and the Teamsters sit on the same board, and it illustrates the unique cross-pollination of ideas and consensus-building that goes on at CII. Our asset owner-controlled board assures CII's commitment to long-term company performance above commercial or ideological interests. And our robust advisory councils ensure that asset owners' control of the organization is not wielded in a vacuum.
We have long-standing relationships with contacts on the Senate Banking Committee, the House Committee on Financial Services, and the SEC Commissioners and staff, as well as excellent working relationships with key contacts at the Financial Accounting Standards Board and U.S. stock exchanges.  And, CII's own research, resources and events offer members unparallel opportunities to meet, network and engage with clients, colleagues and peers in an exclusive, professional setting.
The bottom line is that membership in CII is an opportunity to strengthen relationships with shareholders, asset owners and asset managers and stay in tune with US asset owner sentiment on investment-related issues in governance and markets.