Background and Overview

ISS’ peer group construction methodology incorporates information from companies’ self-selected pay benchmarking peer groups. Information regarding selected peers, as well as the industry groups that those peers are selected from, are used to influence ISS’ peer group construction process. The methodology continues to maintain a focus on identifying companies that are reasonably similar to the subject company in terms of pay band (Europe only), industry, and size (based on one or more of revenue, assets, and market capitalization).

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Download the FAQs for more information on ISS’ Peer Selection Methodology

The pending ISS peer submission and review window will be available for U.S. and Canadian companies with annual meetings slated to be held between February 1, 2020, and September 15, 2020, and for European companies between February 1, 2020, and January 31, 2021. Submissions should reflect peer companies used (or to be used) by the submitting company for pay-setting for the fiscal year ending prior to the company’s next upcoming annual meeting. All companies are encouraged to review their peer group irrespective of whether there are changes from prior years.

Companies not disclosing changes are encouraged to verify through the form that ISS has collected the complete and relevant peer group from their last proxy statement.

For companies that have not made or do not intend to make changes to their previously disclosed peer group, or issuers who do not wish to provide this information in advance, no action is required.

Peer submissions are handled via ISS Corporation Solutions’ (ICS) Governance Analytics platform to streamline and consolidate company workflow onto a single platform.

Providing Input

  • The peer group provided should be the peer group used for benchmarking CEO pay for the fiscal year ending prior to your next annual meeting.
  • While public disclosure of this information is not required, our expectation is that the same peers provided to ISS will be disclosed in the upcoming proxy. Significant differences between submitted peers and peers cited for the fiscal year ending prior to your next annual meeting may cause ISS to re-run the peer group and may result in the company not being able to pre-submit peers in future years.
  • ISS will use this information only for the purpose of constructing peer groups.
  • Submissions should include your company’s complete peer list, selected through the lookup tool provided on the peer submission form.
  • Please do not make multiple submissions or submit information other than relevant peers (those used for benchmarking CEO pay), as this may disrupt accurate submission of your peers.
  • Note that, as in prior years, an ISS peer group is not final until the ISS proxy research report is published.

The window for submissions will open at 9:00 AM EST on Monday, November 18, 2019, and will close at 8:00 PM EST on Friday, December 6, 2019.

The peer submission form is available at If you already have a login to the Governance Analytics platform, then use your existing login to access the peer submission form.

To request a login to the Governance Analytics platform, contact our Support Team.

If you have any questions, please refer to the above referenced relevant FAQ document or contact us via the ISS Help Center.

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