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Industry Leading Data. Robust Analytics. Investor Perspectives.

ICS’ Governance Platinum is the most comprehensive solution available, with an extensive collection of data, analytical tools, and a dedicated advisor to help you optimize your corporate governance strategy, anticipate shareholder concerns, and craft cogent meeting agendas and proxy disclosures.

#Trending: Proxy Access is likely to be 2016’s top shareholder proposal.

61%

of the 102 proxy access proposals that went to the ballot in 2015 were supported by shareholders.

How do you prepare for the next big thing in corporate governance?

When decisions matter, data should make sense.

The Data Advantage

100%

Complete data on investor-driven ISS voting policy

270K

Data points on company-level governance practices, policies & outcomes

3.4M

Voting results for individual ballot proposals

498K

ISS Research vote recommendation reports

84M

Individual mutual fund voting results (N-PX)

ICS QualityScore Premium Tools

ICS QualityScore Premium Tools

Companies can use QualityScore to identify areas that investors may see as presenting governance-related risk and to inform their governance and compensation decisions.

The QualityScore offering for issuers provides premium tools to help companies stay abreast of emerging standards, peer practices, and shareholder priorities. Premium users can benchmark their practices against peers and model the impact of potential changes in their governance structure, thus gaining actionable insight on how to improve their governance practices and QualityScore rating.

Companies can use ICS’ premium QualityScore tools to:

  • Understand how investors perceive their governance program
  • Identify governance practices that stand out amongst peers, based on industry, country, region, and other specific factors
  • Determine how potential changes in their practices may impact an investor’s perception of their governance risk
  • Stay ahead of emerging shifts in governance norms among their peers
  • Showcase how their key governance strengths and risks have changed over time

QualityScore TechDoc

This document details the questions analyzed and rationale for inclusion in the factor methodology.

Data Verification

Review, verify, and provide feedback on the data used to determine the ISS Governance QualityScore.

Voting Insight

Voting Insight

Companies can use Voting Insight to create an in-depth analysis of investor voting behaviors and aid in the design of their proxy proposals and shareholder outreach campaigns.  Voting Insight is an analytical tool that leverages ISS’ unrivaled database and revolutionary model to:

DESIGN
stronger proxy proposals by analyzing similar proposal characteristics.

Identify the optimal proposal features that represent strong corporate governance to maximize your chance of receiving shareholder support

DEVELOP
your shareholder engagement strategy based on likely proposal support

Prioritize your outreach campaign by identifying the critical institutional investors to address and tailor the message accordingly

BENCHMARK
proposal frequency and success rates

Utilize the industry’s most comprehensive collection of institutional voting and vote results data to benchmark your management or shareholder proposals against your peers, industry or market

Voting Analytics

Voting Analytics

Balancing business demands and shareholder preferences can be complicated and the amount of data required to make good decisions is tremendous. Voting Analytics is the most comprehensive source of U.S. mutual fund vote disclosures and top non-U.S. pension funds and large asset managers. Its robust database contains almost 60 million institutional voting records and is based on nearly a decade of vote results for Russell 3000 companies on more than 50 discrete governance topics, including executive compensation, board practices, corporate actions, director elections, and shareholder proposals and proponents.

Voting Analytics helps issuers determine voting patterns and trends by monitoring and analyzing institutional voting policies and historical shareholder meeting results.

Use Voting Analytics to easily:

  • Design stronger ballot resolutions by identifying similar proposals, analyzing their features, and understanding the resulting shareholder support
  • Target investors for shareholder engagement by understanding past voting patterns
  • Benchmark proposal frequency and success rates before you issue your proxy, using sophisticated peer analysis tools
  • Prioritize shareholder proposals in order of importance by seeing which have historically garnered the most support
  • Gain strategic insight on institutional investors or proposal outcomes by assessing voting patterns and trends
  • Monitor shareholder activism: track vote results for contested director elections and proxy fights

Coverage

International and Expanded US Vote Coverage

Data from 2013 onward

Vote Results for Russell 3000 Companies

Data from 2003 onward

Mutual Fund Form
N-PX Vote Records

Data from 2003 onward

Vote Records from All Major Fund Families

500+ institutions and 18,000+ funds

Whether preparing for investor calls or benchmarking proxy proposals, with voting records from all of the major fund families as well as historical ISS vote recommendations, you can quickly understand the range of practices available and market sentiment toward each option.

  • More than 82 million individual proposal results globally
  • Advanced search capabilities by company, proposal and institutions
  • Detailed shareholder proposal records & historical ISS vote recommendations
  • Integrated with historical ISS Research to readily examine details of each proposal

Our clients rely on Voting Analytics, a part of our Governance Suite, to prioritize shareholder engagement and anticipate results.

Shareholder Proponent Data

Shareholder Proponent Data

Shareholder proposals are evolving rapidly.  From proxy access to climate and sustainability, more and more companies are being petitioned by investors including through shareholder proposals.  ICS’ shareholder proponent database tracks roughly 1,000 environmental, social, and governance shareholder proposals each year giving clients real-time insight into which filers are most active, which proposals are being withdrawn and/or settled most often, and which are making it to the ballot.

Get ahead on the next high-profile governance issue.

ISS Proxy Research Reports

ISS Proxy Research Reports

Stay up-to-date on the latest proxy voting issues and benefit from ISS’ corporate governance and proxy voting expertise with access to ISS historical proxy voting reports, research, and publications.

Track ISS vote recommendations and analysis through access to our
global meeting calendar and ISS proxy research

  • Obtain proxy research for specific companies or proposal types
  • Review agendas for pending and historical shareholder meetings
  • Leverage research developed by experienced specialists in governance, compensation, M&A, ESG, and industry-specific issues
  • Be alerted of the latest proxy research reports released for your company and your peers
  • Approximately 38,000 companies covered in 115 countries
  • Set alerts to receive notification of new research available on peer companies

Access critical information to create
and maintain a strong corporate governance program

  • Compare and contrast ISS benchmark proxy voting policies for U.S. and non-U.S. markets
  • Access in-depth, global coverage of today’s issues, including current trends in corporate governance, risk management, and regulatory developments
  • Stay on top of important developments with customized alerts
Governance Library

Governance Library

A comprehensive knowledge-base for all of your corporate governance needs.  Clients leverage the Governance Library to access:

  • Whitepapers on emerging trends and practices
  • Board-ready presentations on important topics
  • Pre-recorded webinars and accompanying reports
  • Articles from governance thought-leaders
governance library
Governance Exchange

Governance Exchange

An analytical overlay to ICS’ suite of data solutions, allowing you to stay informed about governance issues, trends, and best practices.

  • Broaden your understanding of stakeholder perspectives to reach constructive solutions on key issues
  • Compare your governance policies and practices with those of your peers
  • Access panel-driven webcasts and ISS white papers exclusively designed to address topics impacting today’s public companies
  • Reference ISS voting policies by proposal, topic, or keyword search
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Through year-round advisory support and integrated access to the industry’s most robust collection of governance data and analytics, ICS helps you design, manage, and measure your corporate governance program to improve shareholder value and uncover opportunities to maximize your company’s appeal to investors.

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