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Season Snapshots: Japan TOPIX 500

MAY 2022

With the 2022 proxy season under way, ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) has examined a number of key governance factors for selected regional indices to review what happened in the 2021 proxy season.

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Corporates and Nature: Going Beyond Climate

MAY 2022

As nature’s relevance to business becomes more apparent, the need for a standardized disclosure framework becomes more pronounced, especially for investors who seek to make decisions about capital allocation based on a clear understanding of a company’s impacts on nature and its nature-dependent operations.

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U.S. CEOs Widen Pay Gap With CFOs

MAY 2022

Pay levels for CFOs are a matter of careful consideration for compensation committees, especially as large internal pay differentials may be indicative of potential succession-planning issues. In this report, we conduct a detailed comparison between U.S company CFO and CEO pay by index and by industry.

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New SEC Climate Change Risk Disclosure Regulations

APRIL 2022

On March 21, 2022, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed new disclosure regulations for U.S.-listed companies introducing climate-related disclosure requirements. These regulations come as investors increasingly seek out climate-related data when making investment decisions and as national governments globally race to reach the goals established in the 2016 Paris Agreement.

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Season Snapshots: FTSE 100 Index

MARCH 2022

With the 2022 proxy season underway, ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) has examined a number of key governance factors for selected regional indices to review what happened in the 2021 AGM season. The latest in the series covers 100 companies in the British index, the FTSE 100. Like the others, it focuses on shareholder proposals, director elections, Say on Pay results, and changes in CEO pay.

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Season Snapshots: Canada S&P/TSX

MARCH 2022

With the 2022 proxy season underway, ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) has examined a number of key governance factors for selected regional indices to review what happened in the 2021 proxy season. The third in the series covers the 235 companies in Canada’s S&P/TSX Composite Index, and looks at shareholder proposals, director elections, Say on Pay results, and changes in CEO pay. This follows the second in the series, which covered the S&P500.

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Season Snapshots: U.S. S&P 500

MARCH 2022

With the proxy season underway, ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) examined key governance factors that defined the 2021 season for selected regional indices. The second report in the series covers the S&P 500, with a look at director elections, shareholder proposals and executive compensation. This follows the first in the series which covered the Korean KOSPI.

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Data Snapshot: Board and Workforce Racial Diversity

FEBRUARY 2022

During Black History Month in February each year, the United States and Canada acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of the African diaspora. This observance also serves as an opportunity to reflect on additional work to be done to achieve further inclusion and social equity. This data snapshot report reviews developments in disclosure among U.S. corporations that signal levels of racial and ethnic diversity and inclusivity at boards, executive teams, and the general workforce. The review of relevant trends also includes a special section on supply chain diversity.

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Season Snapshots: Korea KOSPI

FEBRUARY 2022

As the 2022 proxy season approaches, ISS Corporate Solutions looks back at director elections and related controversies that defined 2021 and examines the increasing focus on ESG and sustainable investment issues among companies in the Korea Composite Stock Price Index.

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Incentivizing What Matters: Designing Meaningful ESG Metrics for Executive Compensation

FEBRUARY 2022

As companies begin incorporate sustainability into their strategies, designing executive compensation plans with meaningful Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance metrics requires a thorough approach involving materiality assessment, multi-stakeholder engagement, ESG strategy development, impact assessment and data analysis.

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Examining the Rise of Environmental & Social Shareholder Resolutions

JANUARY 2022

Environmental and social (E&S) shareholder proposals are on the rise at U.S. companies, with a growing number of mainstream investors recognizing their materiality and supporting such resolutions. A year-end analysis by ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) found that 31 E&S shareholder proposals received majority support over the last four years, with the highest yearly number (14) in 2021. In this whitepaper, ICS’ senior editors provide a detailed overview of the E&S shareholder resolution landscape, including what’s fueling their recent support.

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Where to on Environmental Risk Disclosures?

JANUARY 2022

Corporate decision-making on the selection and use of an ESG disclosure framework—whether TCFD, CDP, or some other standard—is proving to be a challenging but necessary endeavor for many public companies and their investors.

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Corporate Recycling is Not Rubbish. Here’s Why.

JANUARY 2022

Recycling programs offer a meaningful and valuable mechanism to mitigate the growing damage caused by excessive waste. Investors are increasingly interested in understanding what steps corporate issuers are taking to reduce their waste impact, including through their use of recycling programs and initiatives.

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Characterized to Fail? Examining the Role of Board Demographics in Say on Pay Outcomes

DECEMBER 2021

Proxy season 2021 was quite a year for failed management Say on Pay votes, so ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) decided to examine a number of measures for board demographics to see: Did boards which performed poorly on Say on Pay votes have any particular characteristics?

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ICS Client Bulletin | Accounting for Spring-loaded Compensation

DECEMBER 2021

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Staff Legal Bulletin (SLB) the week of November 29th that clarifies prior advice to companies about accounting for ‘spring-loaded,’ stock-based compensation, which is defined as share-based awards made while a company is in possession of material, non-public information.

This memo is part of ISS Corporate Solutions’ (ICS) Client Bulletin series designed to keep you abreast of the latest trends and developments affecting governance and sustainability at corporations.

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Within Range: How to Establish Your Short-Term Incentive Pay Goals

NOVEMBER 2021

Aligning executive compensation with shareholders’ interests is one of the most important mandates compensation committee members are tasked with annually. Developing an appropriate pay package that carries a significant portion of “at-risk” compensation is critical to motivate and incentivize executives to achieve meaningful growth targets under short- and long-term incentive programs.

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ICS Client Bulletin | Introducing the Universal Proxy Card

NOVEMBER 2021

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced on November 17, 2021 that it would be introducing the universal proxy card for all contested director elections after August 31, 2022. Principally, a universal proxy card would require all directors in a contested election, both a company’s own nominees and any shareholder or dissident nominated directors, to be listed on a single proxy voting card, whether physical or electronic.

This memo is part of ISS Corporate Solutions’ (ICS) Client Bulletin series designed to keep you abreast of the latest trends and developments affecting governance and sustainability at corporations.

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ICS Client Bulletin | Turning Back the Clock on Shareholder Proposal No-Actions

NOVEMBER 2021

In his statement announcing the latest Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Staff Legal Bulletin (SLB) on shareholder proposals, agency Chairman Gary Gensler made it clear that the Commission is returning to its former and less permissive position as it applies to granting “no-action” relief to companies seeking to exclude certain shareholder proposals.

This memo is part of ISS Corporate Solutions’ (ICS) Client Bulletin series designed to keep you abreast of the latest trends and developments affecting governance and sustainability at corporations.

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ICS Client Bulletin | Executive Compensation Clawbacks: Comment Period Reopened

NOVEMBER 2021

Properly constituted compensation clawback policies have the “opportunity to strengthen the transparency and quality of corporate financial statements as well as the accountability of corporate executives to their investors,” said Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Gary Gensler in his statement1 of support for the reopening2 of the comment period on this long-awaited rule.

This memo is part of ISS Corporate Solutions’ (ICS) Client Bulletin series designed to keep you abreast of the latest trends and developments affecting governance and sustainability at corporations.

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month 3-Part Series: Cybersecurity Disclosures, Industry Risk Analysis, and Corporate Board Oversight

NOVEMBER 2021

Released in honor of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) put together a 3-part infographic series exploring how companies and boards are managing and mitigating cybersecurity risk.

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Peer Groups and CEO Pay Positioning

NOVEMBER 2021

Last year, ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) published the paper Strategies in Peer Group Selection During COVID-19, which provided guidance around compensation peer groups during a period of significant uncertainty.

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ICS Client Bulletin | Gauging the Impact of Proposed Changes to the NYSE’s Vote Counting Standard

OCTOBER 2021

Last month, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) proposed a change to its approach to vote counting for management proposals related to issuing new shares and for shareholder approval of equity compensation plans. More recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) took up the proposed rule1 and submitted it for comments from financial market participants. Read the latest insights from ICS on this topic.

This is the first in a series of ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) client memorandums designed to keep you abreast of the latest trends and developments affecting governance and sustainability at corporations.

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Incentivizing What Matters: Designing Meaningful ESG Metrics for Executive Compensation

OCTOBER 2021

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations are impacting various facets of what investors and companies do, and this impact now includes executive compensation. Companies are beginning to incorporate sustainability into their corporate strategy and rethink the way executives are being incentivized.

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Corporate Climate Action Series: Climate Policies & Risk Mitigation, GHG Emissions Reduction Goals and Biodiversity

SEPTEMBER 2021

As part of our Corporate Climate Action series, released in honor of Climate Week, we examine how well companies are implementing ESG goals relating to Climate Policies, GHG Emissions Reduction and Biodiversity.

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TCFD Alignment: The Shift To Mandatory Reporting

SEPTEMBER 2021

The complex nature of climate change will have far-reaching implications across all corners of the economy. As more data and scientific information becomes available on the rapidly worsening effect climate change is having on the planet, companies need to realise the implications of their actions. A large number of companies are playing catch-up and need to quickly incorporate climate change into their business strategies.

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The Case for Companies Taking Climate Action

AUGUST 2021

As the planet reaches a tipping point in its climate history, investors, regulators, customers, and other key stakeholder groups are placing increasing importance on companies disclosing, measuring, and setting reduction goals for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. In ISS Corporate Solution’s latest Sustainability Bulletin, our advisors examine why climate action is at a critical turning point and outline what tools and resources are available to help companies navigate their climate action responses.

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2021 Proxy Season Digest: Shareholder Proposal Engagement

AUGUST 2021

The 2021 Proxy Season Digest is a series of reports reviewing data and insights from the 2021 Proxy Season. In the third and final installment, our advisors compiled key data and trends on shareholder proposal engagement.

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2021 Proxy Season Digest: Executive Compensation

AUGUST 2021

The 2021 Proxy Season Digest is a series of reports reviewing data and insights from the 2021 Proxy Season. In the second installment, our advisors compiled key Executive Compensation charts and takeaways.

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2021 Proxy Season Digest: Governance

JULY 2021

The 2021 Proxy Season Digest is a series of reports with statistics and insights looking back on the 2021 Proxy Season. In this first installment, our advisors compiled Governance-focused charts and key takeaways.

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Human Capital Management: Investing in Companies Who Invest in Employees

JUNE 2021

As the ESG landscape evolves, stakeholder attention has shifted to some of the more core topics within the broader ESG framework, including Human Capital Management (HCM). Investors in particular are taking notice of companies creating the most value from their human capital stock.

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Measuring Drivers of Capital Efficiency and Value Creation

MAY 2021

For many companies, the difference between strong and average performance can be traced to capital efficiency. This paper examines two key sectors that are known to be capital intensive and cyclical: chemicals and semiconductors.

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Materiality: Defining, Assessing, and Getting Started

APRIL 2021

Materiality serves as a core guide for strategic planning by enabling companies to understand and execute on relevant goals associated with environmental and social impact for its business and stakeholders. This paper identifies how Materiality Assessments allow companies to fully examine the environmental and social impacts to their unique business model and operations.

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2021 Equity Plan Outlook

MARCH 2021

The year 2020 presented uncertainties due to COVID-19. Many companies made their equity plans right on the cusp of stock prices plummeting in response to the pandemic. Analyzing equity plan data from 2020 and earlier, this paper identifies recent trends and considers what the 2021 proxy season may look like.

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When Options Are Under Water

OCTOBER 2020

With the increased volatility of the stock market, many companies are facing a similar question to what survivors of the 1990’s Dot Com Bubble had to face, “How do we keep our employees around now that their equity is down and their options are worthless?”

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Bang For Your Buck – Are Realizable Pay Disclosures Earning Their Return on Investment for S&P 500 Companies?

OCTOBER 2020

“Realizable” pay assessments are often included in the Compensation Discussion & Analysis (“CD&A”) section of the proxy filing to provide a more accurate view of the actual value of compensation delivered to an executive, as opposed to the pay data disclosed in the Summary Compensation Table which does not take into account the impact of recent share price movements on an executive’s compensation package.

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2020 US Equity Compensation Plans

OCTOBER 2020

This report discusses the current state of equity compensation plans as well as the trends and different practices in different industries.

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Incentivizing Diversity

SEPTEMBER 2020

One topic on comp committee agendas may be something that has not traditionally been an element of executive compensation: Diversity. With many companies asking us about how to measure diversity, given the heightened awareness around diversity and its impact on company and shareholders, our advisory team wrote a paper outlining how some companies are thinking about it.

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Increased ESG Sensitivity in Hong Kong: A Review of the Recent Trends and Market Landscape

JULY 2020

Interest in ESG is growing rapidly and has gained traction amongst corporations, individuals, investors, and institutions. This paper is intended to provide corporate issuers with some background regarding the imminent regulatory changes in Hong Kong (HK) and an overview of the recent trends in responsible investment and strategies focusing on ESG risks.

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Rightsizing the EVA Way in the COVID Economy

JUNE 2020

COVID-19 will markedly change business. It’s an unprecedented force of economic disruption that is slashing demand and imposing new workplace habits, sourcing strategies, and consumer behaviors. Companies are only beginning to size up and respond to the new world we are facing.

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Strong EVA Fundamentals Outperform in Market Corrections

JUNE 2020

Given the market volatility caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this paper examines the Economic Value Added (EVA) fundamentals of companies within the S&P 500, S&P 1500, and Russell 3000 indices to identify if there are certain fundamental characteristics or indicators that separate companies that are delivering stronger total shareholder returns compared to peers.

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The Top Three European Trends to Watch in 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

The governance playbook is undergoing a major revision. Download the report to know the three corporate governance trends to follow inside Europe’s publicly-listed companies in 2020.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Incentive Compensation – EMEA

APRIL 2020

Companies are facing unprecedented disruption and novel challenges because of COVID 19. This is evolving on a weekly if not daily basis, but here is how we see this global pandemic impacting incentive compensation in EMEA and what companies can do about it.

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Strategies in Peer Group Selection During A Pandemic

MAY 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has upended companies’ pay programs and forced many to re-evaluate decisions on executive and director compensation. A key tool used in executive pay decisions, the compensation peer group, takes on additional importance during this time. ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) has identified key peer group strategies to consider in these challenging times.

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Gauging the Impact of COVID-19 on Market Expectations Through the EVA Lens

MAY 2020

In the wake of a dramatic slump in equities which witnessed the S&P 500 fall from an all-time high into bear market territory (>20% decline) in a record 16 trading days, this white paper takes a look at profit expectations through the Economic Value Added (“EVA”) lens.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Relative TSR Plans

APRIL 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic wreaks havoc on incentive plans, ISS Corporate Solutions (ICS) took a closer look at existing relative total shareholder return (TSR) metrics at S&P 500 companies to review how companies’ relative performance has been impacted over the first quarter of 2020.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Australian Issuers

APRIL 2020

Companies are facing unprecedented disruption and novel challenges because of COVID 19. This is evolving on a weekly if not daily basis, but here is how we see this global pandemic impacting Australian issuers and how ICS can help through these uncertain times.

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Annual General Meetings & COVID-19

APRIL 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, securities regulators in several countries have published guidance that affords publicly listed companies greater flexibility regarding the type of annual general meeting (AGM) they can hold as well as when it can be held.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Incentive Plans

MARCH 2020

Companies are facing unprecedented disruption and novel challenges because of COVID 19 and we wanted to let you know what we’re hearing from many of our clients. This is evolving on a weekly if not daily basis, but here is how we see this global pandemic impacting incentive compensation as of today – March 27, 2020 – and what companies can do about it.

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2019 Canadian Post-Season Review

NOVEMBER 2019

This 2019 Canadian Post-Season Summary reviews:

  • Board gender diversity
  • Voluntary say-on-pay proposals
  • Shareholder activist targets
  • Corporate governance at cannabis companies
  • Relevance of climate change
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2019 US Equity Compensation Plans Overview and Trends

OCTOBER 2019

Companies use equity compensation plans to pay their employees, officers, non-employee directors, and other service providers by giving them equity ownership at the company. Equity compensation is common in both public and private companies. Companies view equity compensation as an effective way of incentivizing plan participants while attracting high-quality employees, encouraging retention, motivating sustained performance, and aligning employees’ interests with those of shareholders.

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Director Overboarding – Global Trends, Definitions, and Impact

AUGUST 9 2019

In the 2019 proxy season, “overboarding” became a center-stage issue for many companies and investors. Several large asset managers, including Vanguard, BlackRock, and LGIM, enhanced their voting guidelines to apply stricter criteria, while some directors serving on multiple public company boards faced significant opposition to their elections. The idea that directors should not serve on too many boards has been a key consideration for investors for many years.

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Early Review of 2019 US Proxy Season Vote Results

JUNE 5 2019

As the busiest part of the 2019 U.S. proxy season is behind us, we take an early look at the vote results of annual general meetings convened from January to May. As of this report, approximately 70 percent of Russell 3000 annual general meetings expected during the calendar year have already taken place, and the figure will rise to close to 90 percent of all calendar-year annual meetings by the end of June. In our review of the vote results for the 1,812 Russell 3000 2019 annual general meetings that took place from January to May and are available in the ISS database, this paper identifies major trends.

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The Seven Venial Sins of Executive Compensation

MAY 17 2019

Compensation disclosures have grown significantly over the last decade (mostly for the better), and they continue to evolve with the ongoing engagement between companies and shareholders. Certain compensation practices are known for raising investor concerns, leading to difficult conversations between investors and boards and higher levels of investor opposition of executive pay programs.

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2019 U.S. Executive Compensation Trends

APRIL 30 2019

As we enter the peak of proxy season, we review executive compensation trends in the U.S. based on executive pay disclosures so far this year.

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Excerpts from ISS U.S. E&S Proxy Season Preview Report

APRIL 4 2019

This document is an excerpted portion of ISS’ full report, “2019 U.S. Environmental and Social Issues Proxy Season Preview,” which provided the following early insights:

  • Proposals on political activities increase
  • Climate change remains a top concern
  • Human rights issues proposals continue to surge
  • Shareholders remain concerned about pharmaceutical risks
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Using EVA in Pay-for-Performance Analysis

APRIL 2019

ISS Analytics recently published a white paper outlining how EVA may be able to help support Pay-for-Performance analysis. This article covers:

  • Why EVA May Help with Pay-for-Performance Analysis
  • Introduction to EVA: Measuring Economic Performance
  • The Link Between EVA and TSR
  • Introduction to the EVA Measures: The Four Key Ratios
  • How EVA Can Support Pay-for-Performance Analysis
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Use EVA to Improve Your Board’s Financial IQ

APRIL 2019

A board literate in economic value can gain an enormous advantage in moving beyond compliance and the accounting numbers to fulfill the greater duty of working with management to deliver shareholder value.

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ESG Considerations for Taiwan-listed Corporates

MARCH 2019

In March this year ISS Corporate Solutions partnered with the Taiwan Depositary & Clearing Corporation (TDCC) in the launch of their Investor Relations platform event. The theme explored how ESG and digital solutions transform investor relations and corporate sustainability practices. In this document, we highlight the upcoming ESG demands on Taiwan’s listed corporates and the capabilities of managing ESG risk through ICS’ dynamic platform solutions. Please contact us for further information.

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Using EVA in Pay-for-Performance Analysis

MARCH 18, 2019

Looking at some of the key takeaways from the ISS 2018 Proxy Season Review, 2018 was a year of increasing shareholder dissent shown in votes against directors.  Shareholder votes against remuneration reports spiked to a historical high with 26 companies in the S&P ASX300 index recording a “strike.”

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An Interview with the ISS US Compensation Team

MARCH 8, 2019

ISS compensation experts, Liz Williams and Rachel Hedrick provide insights on key compensation topics to watch in 2019. They share their perspectives on pay in an uncertain market, the impact of the repeal of 162(m) on equity compensation plans proposals, performance-metric selections, CEO pay ratio disclosures, new shareholder proposal types, and the ISS policy on director compensation.

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An Early Look at 2019 US Shareholder Proposals

MARCH 1, 2019

In the U.S., shareholder proposal filings have historically played an important role in advancing corporate governance and in highlighting key risks related to environmental and social issues.

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Insights into Value Creation: Using EVA to Measure Performance

FEBRUARY 22, 2019

In this article, we explore the specific challenges market participants face when using traditional accounting metrics to assess performance, as well as the limitations those metrics place on corporate leadership in informing and guiding proper capital allocation and decision making. In addition, we present a potential solution and alternative framework called Economic Value Added (EVA.)

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Corporate Governance & Compensation in Europe 2019

JANUARY 30, 2019

As the AGM season approaches and concerns over drafting remuneration disclosures increase, how do you improve the chances that your proposals will be well-received by shareholders?

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Overcoming Common Objections to Making CD&A Changes

JANUARY 28, 2019

Companies often say that shareholders just did not understand their pay disclosure well enough to vote in favor of the pay program, but a key purpose of the Compensation Discussion and Analysis (CD&A) is to have shareholders fully understand how the pay program works.

This paper outlines four common traps companies fall into when thinking about their compensation disclosures.

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Top 10 Corporate Governance Topics to Watch in 2019

JANUARY 4, 2019

As the world greets the New Year, investors and companies may take a moment to reflect on key corporate governance priorities in light of a potentially more challenging business environment in the year ahead.

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The EVA Measurement Formula:​
A Primer on Economic Value Added (EVA)

NOVEMBER 7, 2018

This primer on EVA (Economic Value Added) was designed to give you a better understanding of how EVA is calculated and what makes it different from other metrics.

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Board Refreshment: Finding the Right Balance

AUGUST 10, 2018

In this article, data validates that good board renewal practices help companies better manage risk and performance.

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2018 Proxy Season Review

JULY 20, 2018

As a preamble to ISS’s post-season review reports, we took a look at some of the key takeaways from the 2018 proxy season. Use this report to understand the trends in board election vote results, compensation, shareholder proposals, and environmental and social issues.

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Peer Selection and the Wisdom of the Crowd

JUNE 7, 2018

Peer groups form the bedrock of many company pay-setting exercises. Benchmarking CEO pay to a target value, typically the median pay of a group of “peer” companies, is a standard practice used by compensation committees; more than 97 percent of S&P 500 companies disclose benchmarking peer groups.

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5 Trends from the E&S QualityScore

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) recently launched an Environmental & Social QualityScore, a data driven approach to measuring the quality of corporate disclosures on environmental and social issues. The trends outlined in this document highlight some interesting insights from the first six industries covered under the E&S QualityScore, as of February 27, 2018.

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An Early Look at the State of U.S. CEO Pay

ISS Analytics analyzed pay data for “same-store” CEOs within the Russell 3000 to better understand the sentiment of compensation committees and how their thinking evolves year-over-year.

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162(m): 6 Things to Understand about 2018 Changes

With the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act 2017, the provision of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) that allowed companies to deduct certain “performance-based” compensation in excess of $1 million, has been eliminated.

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Disclosure Checklist for Performance-Based Awards

As proxy season approaches and anxieties over drafting the proxy disclosures reach peak levels, how do you improve the chances that your performance-based compensation program will be well-received by shareholders and proxy advisors?

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Relative TSR: Does The Metric Have An Achilles’ Heel?

To many companies, these relative TSR metrics are a cure-all; they provide a relative performance measure with transparent measurement criteria, and it links back directly to shareholder value creation. After all, the more the shareholder benefits, the more the executives benefit, as well.

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Beyond the Basics: An In-Depth Review of the Secondary Features of Proxy Access Bylaws

Presently, 40 percent of S&P 500 companies provide a proxy access right; by summer 2017, the majority of the companies in the S&P 500 may provide proxy access, along with 15-20 percent of the S&P 400 index. As of June 30, 2016, 252 U.S. companies in the Russell 3000 have adopted some form of proxy access; only 16 of these companies had adopted proxy access before 2015.

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ExecComp Insights: The Truth About Concentration Ratios

Volatility and a declining stock market – particularly near the time of year when most executive grants are made – bring a whole new level of complexity to compensation committees and equity plan administrators. Often, the number of shares that an executive team receives will increase (and sometimes substantially increase) in order to keep the dollar value of grants constant (or nearly so) from the previous year.

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