The Council of Institutional Investors has two kinds of members, based on type of organization. All members can participate in CII conferences and other events and receive CII publications.
U.S. Asset Owner Members
CII’s voting members are U.S.-based asset owners or issuers and include more than 135 public pension funds, corporate and labor funds, and foundations and endowments with more than $4 trillion in combined assets under management. These organizations are members by virtue of the assets that they own in their employee retirement plans, which may be in a defined benefit plan or a defined contribution plan- or both. Membership in CII includes a plethora of opportunities for fund staff and trustees to get unbiased information about the best practices in corporate governance, which is an important risk factor for investment portfolios.
- We keep members up-to-date on governance trends and critical financial regulation via our member e-newsletter, guides and reports, frequent webinars and training courses.
- We provide expertise that members would otherwise have to buy from consultants, lawyers and others. When members call for information, we have it or we get it.
- CII also provides opportunities, at our spring and fall conferences, for members to network and learn from each other. Many CII corporate members regard our conferences as the place to nurture relationships with their long-term institutional investors.
- CII does the heavy lifting when it comes to advocating for best practices on behalf of investors. In comment letters and meetings with regulators and other policymakers, CII promotes high-quality standards and market rules based on our member-approved policies.
CII's nonvoting members include more 12 non- U.S. asset owners, and more than 60 of the largest U.S. and non-U.S. asset managers with combined assets in excess of $25 trillion. Other non-voting members include top law firms and other service providers.
- Membership in CII offers unparalleled opportunities for governance professionals to learn from and network with other governance pros and stay up-to-date on developments and trends in corporate governance and financial regulation.
- CII membership also provides critical business development opportunities, sponsorship opportunties and opportunities for Associate Members to demonstrate their expertise to clients and potential clients at our conferences and events. CII’s spring and fall conferences are the place to nurture relationships with long-term institutional investors.
- Associate members are also eligible to serve on CII’s Corporate Governance and Markets Advisory Councils. Both Advisory Councils provide input to CII’s Board of Directors and staff on how to enhance the value of membership in a variety of ways.