ROCKVILLE, Md. (October 24, 2018) — Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), the leading provider of end-to-end governance and responsible investment solutions to the global financial community, today announced the launch of a new, custom ratings solution via DataDesk, ISS’ industry leading screening, data, and analytics platform.
The DataDesk Custom Ratings tool allows users to quickly and efficiently develop custom environmental, social, governance (ESG) scoring models based on near-time DataDesk content. Users have full control over model customization, including weights and scoring, content inclusion and creating groupings from over 500 factors, defining comparator companies. Moreover, Custom Ratings can be used directly in other DataDesk functionality, including screening and alerts.
DataDesk Custom Ratings are used by investment managers, wealth managers and family offices, faith-based investors, consultants, and others looking to integrate ESG, and financial considerations into investments and conduct issues-based stock screening.
“Portfolio managers and other financial professionals will now have a premier tool to develop and run customized scoring models to compare portfolio companies across a broad range of factors,” said Marija Kramer, co-head of ISS ESG. “DataDesk Custom Ratings, which draws on ISS’ industry leading raw and derived data, is unrivalled for the level of customization and degree of flexibility it offers ESG industry practitioners.”