30 year history working with asset owners and 10+ year history in Australia
Research team based in Sydney, with additional support by 18 global offices and research staff that bring unique perspectives into capital market, regulatory and business structures in 115 markets
Local client service and support team serves as an extension of your team, allowing you to optimize internal resources
ISS Australia Pty Ltd (“ISS”) is the holder of an Australian Financial Services License issued pursuant to section 913B of the Corporations Act 2001. In addition, ISS is subject to regulation by the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.
Australian asset owners are increasing the proportion of assets managed in-house, in addition to managing their internal proxy voting policies and their proxy voting activity for both domestic and global investments. Making your voice heard at shareholder meetings is at the core of being an active owner.
ISS delivers policy and research services that cover a spectrum of shareholder interests and enable them to make informed voting decisions on the thousands of resolutions they need to vote each year.
In the search of more diversified portfolios, and with the aim of spreading risk and increasing returns, cross-border voting is gaining presence. The global reach might add to the complexity of the asset owners’ workflow, not only from a governance perspective but also from an operational perspective.
ISS helps you effectively manage the complex responsibilities around proxy voting compliance, reporting, and workflow and better meet the demands of your stakeholders. During the highly concentrated Australian AGM season (October to December) and overseas (February to the end of June), it is important to manage the voting process in the most efficient way and ensure your votes are cast at the shareholder meeting. ISS’ ProxyExchange platform sets the industry standard in proxy voting, enabling investors to increase productivity, streamline workflows and tackle compliance requirements with ease. Additional services through Global Meeting Results and Vote Disclosure further streamline the process and provide insight that you can deliver to your Board and other stakeholders.
Through ISS QualityScore, which covers the local ASX200 and the Custom Risk Flagging Service, ISS provides investment and governance professionals the content and tools they need to identify and manage governance risk and fulfil fiduciary obligations around active ownership. ISS’ solutions enable asset owners to screen their portfolio for risks in the areas of board, audit, remuneration, shareholder, financial or company issues, by looking at vote recommendations, meeting results and other company data.
Superannuation funds can leverage ISS’ Governance Risk Report to flag key issues in external managers’ proxy voting activities and highlight areas of potential headline risk. It also enables you to uncover discrepancies between asset owner mandates and manager voting practices, and your votes on high-profile and/or contested meetings.
ISS-Ethix research, analysis and advisory solutions to align SRI policies and practices with shareholder interests.
RepRisk solutions to identify and assess ESG risks related to thousands of companies, projects and sectors.
ISS’ superior technology and service allows investors to maximize recoveries and meet fiduciary responsibilities in international securities class actions. Different jurisdictions have different regimes, and asset owners need to be able to make informed decisions based on detailed case analyses to determine whether it is in the best interest of the super fund to participate in the class action or not.
ISS Securities Class Action Services offers a complete end-to-end litigation research and claims filing solution with recognized loss calculations, options ingestion capabilities and claim tracking tailored to clients’ historical transactions.