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24 February, 2021

Investors and analysts ‘still learning to price ESG-related incidents’

The world is full of ESG ratings promoting the benefits of a stellar corporate performance on environmental, social and governance factors. But what of the downsides? New research suggests ESG-related...
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15 February, 2021

Adoption of ESG pay incentives ‘doubles over past two years’

In just two years the use of ESG pay incentives for executives has more than doubled, according to ISS ESG, the responsible investment arm of Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). The company's...
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23 November, 2020

New ISS benchmarks increase the pressure for diverse boards

Despite a lack of clear guidelines, Russell 3000 and S&P 1500 boards will need to demonstrate diversity or risk anti-management proxy votes. In the wake of a turbulent year where racial inequal...
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7 September, 2020

US rule change sets up clash with proxy advisers

A war of words has broken out over the latest efforts to regulate proxy advisers and their ability to vote on ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues in the US. The latest episode comes a...
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7 January, 2020

ISS governance rating downgrade ‘can hit share performance’

Proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) is well-known for the impact of its controversial voting advice. But new research has revealed the power of its corporate governance rankin...
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13 November, 2019

ISS policy change puts nomcos under pressure to boost gender diversity

The chairs of UK nomination committees (nomcos) could face the ire of shareholders over gender diversity on their boards after proxy advisers
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1 November, 2019

ISS launches lawsuit against the SEC over proxy adviser guidelines

A battle in the US over corporate governance advice provided by proxy advisers has reached a new twist with one of the market’s most prominent players,
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16 September, 2019

Board independence revealed as key issue for investors in 2020

The independence of company chairs in Europe could figure heavily in the deliberations of one of the chief proxy advisers as it formulates its policies for the 2020 season of annual meetings.
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6 September, 2019

US boards increase engagement with investors’ ESG concerns

Investors and US boards appear to be agreeing more often on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, according to statistics from proxy advisory firm
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23 August, 2019

New SEC guidance increases pressure on proxy advisers over disclosures

For those who campaigned for tighter regulation, it will be viewed as a victory. The top financial watchdog in the US has issued a document that will up the pressure on proxy advisers to disclose more...