Research & White Papers

ISS research analysts and experts investigate emerging governance and accounting issues. Explore their research, commentary and analysis here.

Defining Engagement: An Update on the Evolving Relationship Between Shareholders, Directors and Executives

The study, Defining Engagement: An Update on the Evolving Relationship Between Shareholders, Directors and Executives, updates the first-ever benchmarking of engagement completed three years ago. The new report, authored by Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.

2014 Preseason Report: Environmental & Social Issues

This report provides an overview of the key environmental and social (E&S) issues of interest to institutional investors heading into proxy season as well as continuing trends to watch.

Securities Class Action Services Top 100 Settlements Report for 2H 2013

Building on the industry's most comprehensive database on securities class action litigation, ISS' Securities Class Action Services "Top 100 Settlements Semi-Annual Report" identifies the largest securities class action settlements filed after the passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, ranked by the total value of the settlement fund.

A Shareholder Perspective on the Valuation of Stock Options

When evaluating stock option plans or valuing stock options, ISS applies a standardized method based on a consistent set of assumptions that provides comparability across companies. While these assumptions are in within GAAP guidelines, they may differ from those used by companies for their expensing/disclosure valuations (since GAAP permits significant flexibility in individual company valuations).

2013 Post Season Report: Environmental & Social Issues

This report provides an overview of the key environmental and social (E&S) issues that arose during the 2013 proxy season as well as continuing trends to watch. Average shareholder support for E&S resolutions reached 21.7 percent this year, continuing the general upward trend of increasing support for such issues. Also this year, as in 2012, more shareholder proposals were submitted on political issues than any other issue area.

2013 Post Season Report: United States

This report includes a summary of shareholder vote results on key shareholder and management proposals at all U.S. companies with meetings dates of January 1, through June 30, 2013. The report also identifies and examines trends in executive compensation, governance and takeover defense proposals, environmental and social issues, and proxy contest activity.

2013 Proxy Season Preview: Australia and New Zealand

The Australian governance landscape is rapidly shifting under the feet of investors and companies while governance asset sales make big waves in New Zealand.

Securities Class Action Services Top 100 Settlements Report for 1H 2013

Building on the industry's most comprehensive database on securities class action litigation, ISS' Securitites Class Action Services "Top 100 Settlements Semi-Annual Report" identifies the largest securities class action settlements filed after the passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, ranked by the total value of the settlement fund.

The Top 100 Settlements Semi-Annual Report provides a wealth of information, including the settlement date, filing court, settlement fund, and identifies the key players for each settlement.

2013 Proxy Season Preview: Environmental and Social Issues

For the second year, political issues have surpassed environmental concerns as the top environmental and social (E&S) subject that shareholders will be asked to vote on at annual meetings during the spring proxy season, but both areas contain substantial numbers of resolutions.

2012 Post Season Report: World Markets

The 2012 Proxy Season Review of World Markets contains a compilation of our 2012 Post Season Reports by market.

2012 Post Season Report: Australia & New Zealand

The Australian "Two strikes" law on executive remuneration produced plenty of smoke but not much fire and New Zealand companies avoid poll results.

Securities Class Action Services Top 100 Settlements Report for 2H 2012

Building on the industry's most comprehensive database on securities class action litigation, ISS' Securitites Class Action Services Top 100 Settlements Semi-Annual Report for 2H 2012 identifies the largest securities class action settlements filed after the passage of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, ranked by the total value of the settlement fund.