Investors, Companies and Corporate Governance Organizations Invited to Participate in ISS‘ Annual Policy Formulation Process

ROCKVILLE, M.D. (August 3, 2017) – Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), a leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions to financial market participants, today launched its 2018 Annual Policy Survey, a key component of ISS’ annual global benchmark policy formulation process. Institutional investors, companies, corporate directors and other market constituents are invited to participate in the survey.

This year, ISS’ Annual Policy Survey is being undertaken in two parts, with an initial, high-level survey covering certain fundamental and high-profile topics including “one-share, one vote,” pay ratio disclosures, the use of virtual meetings, and board gender diversity. This part of the survey will close on August 31 at 5pm ET.

A follow-on and more expansive portion of the survey can be accessed at the end of the initial portion, allowing respondents to drill down into key issues by market and region as well as by topics such as responsible investment, takeover defences, and remuneration/compensation. This part of the survey will remain open until Oct. 6, 2017, at 5pm ET.

In addition to this survey, ISS will conduct a variety of regionally-based, topic-specific roundtables and conference calls to examine local market best practices and gather input that will also factor into the development of ISS’ benchmark policy guidelines globally. After analysis and consideration of the survey responses, ISS will, as in prior years, open a comment period for all interested market participants on the final proposed changes to our policies for 2018. The open comment period is designed to elicit objective, specific feedback from investors, corporations and other industry constituents on the practical implementation of proposed policy updates as well as any new policies.

The 2018 ISS policy survey can be accessed here.

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