2014 ISS Policy Information
ISS Global Voting Principles
ISS’ Global Voting Principles, launched in December 2013, provide for four key tenets on accountability, stewardship, independence, and transparency, which underlie our approach to developing recommendations on management and shareholder proposals at publicly traded companies. The principles guide our work to assist institutional investors in meeting their fiduciary requirements, with respect to voting, by promoting long-term shareholder value creation and risk mitigation at their portfolio firms through support of responsible global corporate governance practices.
New for 2014, ISS is providing overviews for the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific regions that detail key considerations for governance stakeholders operating in area markets. Included in the overviews are the latest on market trends, discussion of the regulatory environment, and a high-level overview of ISS' approach to evaluating management and, where applicable, shareholder proposals relating to corporate audits, board practices, management and director compensation, shareholder rights and takeover defenses, environmental and social issues, and mergers and acquisitions. Click below to download a regional overview.
2014 Policy Updates
See also ISS’ new Benchmark Consultation Period seeking feedback on policy approaches to certain topics that may guide longer term policy changes (beyond 2014).
Americas Region 2014 Voting Policies
2014 U.S. Proxy Voting Summary Guidelines (Updated 31 January 2014) 2014 U.S. Proxy Voting Concise Guidelines U.S. Compensation Policy FAQs 2014 U.S. Proxy Voting Policies and Procedures FAQ (Excluding Compensation-Related Questions) Industry Group US TSR Medians for Performance-Related Policies
EMEA Region 2014 Voting Policies
ISS' European Policy includes Eastern and Central Europe
United Kingdom & Ireland
ISS' UK Corporate Governance Policy is based exclusively on the Policy and Voting Guidelines published by the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF)
2013 ISS' U.K. Remuneration Guidance NAPF Corporate Governance Policy & Voting Guidelines NAPF Corporate Governance Policy & Voting Guidelines for Investment Companies NAPF Corporate Governance Policy & Voting Guidelines for Smaller Companies
Asia-Pacific Region 2014 Voting Policies
Faith-Based Proxy Voting Guidelines