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ISS Governance QualityScore
Governance Through the Investor’s Lens
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.
Access to the search function is temporarily unavailable as ISS begins the QualityScore launch process. Updated scores will be available beginning November 21st.
What QualityScore Premium Tools Can Do For You
Be notified when scores or data for your company or peers have changed
Prioritize governance changes by identifying those that allow you to reach a specific score
Analyze & benchmark your practices against your peers
Generate reports to share with directors, executives & investors
Identify exemplar companies that embrace particular practices
Model how changes to your practices would affect your QualityScore
Governance QualityScore Advisory Support
Governance isn’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. Industry, company size, peers, ownership, shareholder base, and other factors can influence the governance decisions a company should make. ICS’ expert advisory team understands these nuances and how to construct the right recommendations for you and your shareholders.
The following QualityScore subcategories are identified as areas where your company’s practices exceed, align with, or trail the Proxy Peers.
The QualityScore coverage universe encompasses 5,600 companies in 30 global markets, including the largest 3,000 corporations in the U.S.
The ISS Governance QualityScore Technical Document details the questions analyzed and rationale for inclusion in the factor methodology.
Companies receive an overall QualityScore and are also assessed across four pillars: Board Structure, Compensation/Remuneration, Shareholder Rights and Takeover Defenses, and Audit & Risk Oversight.
QualityScore uses a numeric, decile-based score that indicates a company’s governance risk relative to its index or region. A score of “1” indicates governance risk in the lowest 10 percent of all companies, and, conversely, a score of “10” indicates governance risk among the highest 10 percent of all companies.
Due to the relative nature of QualityScore, both events involving a company and events at other companies in its region may affect a company’s QualityScore.
Visit the ISS website to learn more about ISS Governance QualityScore, the underlying methodology, and scoring pillarsby clicking here