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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.

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Search for a company’s QualityScore and identify possible investment concerns based on governance risk signals.

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What QualityScore Premium Tools Can Do For You

Alerts

Be notified when scores or data for your company or peers have changed

Goal Seek

Prioritize governance changes by identifying those that allow you to reach a specific score

Peer Comparisons

Analyze & benchmark your practices against your peers

Profiles

Generate reports to share with directors, executives & investors

Searches

Identify exemplar companies that embrace particular practices

Sensitivity Analysis

Model how changes to your practices would affect 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.

Source of relative governance risk compared to peers

Coverage

The QualityScore coverage universe encompasses 5,600 companies in 30 global markets, including the largest 3,000 corporations in the U.S.

Methodology

The ISS Governance QuickScore Technical Document details the questions analyzed and rationale for inclusion in the factor methodology.

Companies receive an overall QuickScore and are also assessed across four pillars: Board Structure, Compensation/Remuneration, Shareholder Rights and Takeover Defenses, and Audit & Risk Oversight.

QuickScore 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 QuickScore, both events involving a company and events at other companies in its region may affect a company’s QuickScore.

Visit the ISS website to learn more about ISS Governance QuickScore, the underlying methodology, and scoring pillars

by clicking here

Data Verification

All companies within the ISS Governance QualityScore coverage universe can review, verify, and provide feedback on the data used to determine their scores via a complimentary Data Verification tool accessed through ICS’ Governance Analytics platform. Submissions of corrected or updated data can be made online quickly and easily through the platform.

Data verification is not available during the period between the filing of a company’s proxy statement and the publication of ISS’ proxy analysis for the company’s annual meeting.

How to participate in corporate issuer data verification:

To verify your data, you will need to login to Governance Analytics.

Company-wide verification accounts with numerical login IDs are no longer available for use. ICS has moved exclusively to user-specific accounts to enhance security and eliminate the inconveniences associated with shared logins.

If you already have your own user name and password, you do NOT need to request a new login and can proceed directly to the Governance Analytics website.

If you do NOT have your own user name and password, you may request one by sending an email to contactus@isscorporatesolutions.com.

An issuer need not be an ICS client in order to participate in the corporate issuer data verification and there is no fee associated with the data verification.

To verify your company’s data: Click here (https://login.isscorporatesolutions.com/) and login to Governance Analytics > Click on the Data Verification button on the QualityScore menu ribbon in the Governance module > Review your Company’s data > Click on the Submit button to request data changes.

Questions about Data Verification?  Email QualityScore@issgovernance.com.

Benchmark governance risk & uncover opportunities to maximize your appeal to investors.