Why Join CII?From its inception in 1985, CII has been the recognized leader of corporate governance and shareholder rights in the U.S., with far more influence on U.S. policy makers than other governance organizations. With 29 of the top 50 largest U.S. Asset Owners and over 297 total member organizations, CII's network is unmatched by any other governance association in the United States.
Our member funds include public pension funds 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 non-U.S. asset owners with about $4 trillion in assets, and a range of asset managers with more than $35 trillion in assets under management.
CII's member-approved governance policies are the backbone of the advocacy work we do here in Washington, D.C., and are representative 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. CII's asset owner-controlled board assures commitment to long-term company performance above other interests that exist within this organization and at other organizations, be they commercial or ideological. And our robust advisory councils ensure that asset owners' control of the organization is not wielded in a vacuum.
We have the best and deepest contacts with the Senate Banking Committee, the House Committee on Financial Services, and the SEC Commissioners and staff. We also have the best and deepest contacts of any of those groups at the Financial Accounting Standards Board and the Nasdaq stock market. CII's private 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.
"I've been involved with the CII in one form or another for most of my career. I have found it to be an incredibly important resource for understanding the thoughts and needs of investors and the broader governance landscape." - Keir Gumbs, Deputy Corporate Secretary & Associate General Counsel, Uber Technologies