Governance Solutions

Manage your governance program year-round by drawing on our deep expertise and market-leading governance data.

Industry Leading Data.
Robust Analytics.
Investor Perspectives.

ICS’ Governance Premium 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.

FEATURING

The ISS ESG Gateway

Access a range of high-level ISS ESG corporate ratings, scores, and fund ratings.

EXPLORE ICS ESG SOLUTIONS

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BUILD & MAINTAIN THE RIGHT GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

QualityScore premium tools can help you benchmark governance risk and uncover opportunities to optimize your investor potential. Many leading institutional investors use ISS Governance QualityScore to measure governance risk in their portfolios, while companies use QualityScore to identify areas that investors may see as presenting governance-related risk and inform their governance decisions.

Our advanced QualityScore tools, along with support from an expert advisor, allow you to:

  • Understand how investors perceive your governance program by analyzing the four categories of your QualityScore Profile factor-by-factor
  • Benchmark governance practices to identify:
    • Drivers of recent score movements
    • Areas where you stand out among peers
    • Opportunities to improve your score
    • Key trends in your coverage universe
  • Determine how changes in your practices impact the way investors may perceive your governance risk using Goal Seek and Sensitivity Analysis

PINPOINT RISKS & DEVELOP ROADMAPS

A first step in developing a governance roadmap is understanding a company’s current risks and vulnerabilities.  Next, potential changes need to be assessed and prioritized.

ICS advisors along with our online platform will help companies identify governance risks and develop a near- and mid-term roadmap to improve shareholder value and uncover opportunities to maximize a company’s appeal to investors.

  • 650,000 data points on governance practices
  • 1.25M ISS research proxy analysis & vote recommendation reports
  • 33,500 companies covered by ISS Research
  • Details on 170,000 directors
  • Robust SEC filing search tool
  • Proxy proposal reviews related to governance issues
  • Pre-shareholder engagement support
  • Governance roadmap building
  • Board education and benchmarking
  • Pre-IPO advisory services
  • White papers and webinars on trending topics
  • Premium content libraries
  • Access to all historical ICS newsletters and articles
  • Custom-tailored alerts on proxy research, ISS recommendation conflicts, and specific agenda items

ANALYZE INSTITUTIONAL VOTING BEHAVIOR

Using our robust database, analyze and anticipate institutional voting patterns and vote results across management and shareholder proposals, including Say-on-Pay, ESG Proposals, contested elections, Proxy Access, and Director elections.

Retrieve vote results for specific proposals by geography or industry, filter by institution, and compare voting behavior of multiple voting institutions side-by-side.

Aggregate your investor vote results from past meetings and filter by Proposal Category. Download a Shareholder Analysis report to identify risks and outliers in support of your shareholder engagement efforts.

Our comprehensive voting database and model provide an innovative vantage point on engagement and proposal design and are used to:

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DESIGN

stronger proposals by analyzing vote outcomes for similar proposals

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DEVELOP

your shareholder engagement strategy by analyzing past shareholder support

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BENCHMARK

proposal frequency and success rates before you issue your proxy

ARCHITECT SHAREHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

According to an ISS/IRRCi Shareholder Engagement Study, while 83 percent of companies report that their shareholder engagement efforts are having some success, only about half of companies say their engagement activities are becoming more successful and constructive.

Utilize ICS’ data, analytics, and advisory services to prepare you to:

  • Engage with your shareholders (via pre-and post-engagement services)
  • Inform your board and executives (via customized reports and presentations)
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ICS will help you prioritize outreach, maximize effectiveness, and have a more thorough understanding of the significant players and manage the key governance issues facing companies today.

UNDERSTAND ESG ACTIVISM

  • Use our Shareholder Proponent database to analyze more than 10,000 shareholder proposals since 2010
  • Evaluate the pattern of proposals that receive a strong support
  • Strategize engagement efforts with the proponent and investors
  • Build robust governance programs to reduce activist risks
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COMPENSATION PROPOSALS

In 2021, there were 903 total Shareholder Proposals submitted.
265 proposals were withdrawn, and 460 went to final vote.
Of those, 95 received majority support.

Governance Solutions

ADVISORY SERVICES

ICS advisors are here to help you navigate your most complex governance decisions.

Stay ahead of investor demands with year-round advisory services from ICS. Expert advisors can help you throughout the year to evaluate and audit your governance policies and proposals, analyze your shareholders’ preferences, and relay industry best practices

Discover different Governance packages with features based on your needs.

Everything you need from the global leader in corporate governance.

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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