For corporate issuers with a rating of “1” on any of the ISS QualityScore pillars (Environmental, Social and Governance), you can request a badge to highlight your company’s achievement on your website or on social media.
The ISS QualityScore (“QS”) “badge” is available for use by any covered company who receives and holds a QS rating of one (1) in the respective category of Environmental, Social, or Governance.
If a company’s score goes up in any category for a company using the badge, the company shall cease using the badge within 30 days of the scoring change (and remove all references to the badge within that time frame).
The company may not make any alterations to the badge as provided through ISS on this webpage.
If a company using the badge would like to provide users with additional information about QS, then the company shall link to the following ISS webpage explaining QS and the underlying methodology: ISS QualityScore ›
ISS Corporate Solutions, Inc. (“ICS”), is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ISS. ICS provides advisory services, analytical tools and publications to enable corporations to improve shareholder value and reduce risk through the adoption of improved corporate governance practices. We note for clarity and confirmation that it is ISS, not ICS, which produces the QS score. Moreover, it is ISS that determines the QS coverage universe and that determination is made without reference to, or knowledge of, the ICS client base. Consistent with ICS’ standard contractual conditions, any company that happens to be an ICS client may not disclose their status as an ICS client, whether in connection with using the QS badge or otherwise.
For further clarity, it is noted that a company need not be an ICS client in order to use the QS badge so long as the other guidelines above are followed.
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