To ensure its voting policies take into consideration the perspectives of the corporate governance community and the views of its institutional clients, ISS gathers broad input each year from institutional investors, issuers, and other market constituents through a variety of channels and mediums. Beginning on Oct. 26, 2015, ISS released for public comment certain proposed voting policies for 2016.

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2016 Benchmark Policy Consultation

Specifically, ISS sought feedback from interested market constituents on new or potential changes to 16 discrete voting policies, including those covering: over-boarding (U.S., Canada, U.K.); board composition and poison pills (Japan); compensation-related votes at externally-managed issuers with poor disclosure (U.S., Canada); non-independent chairs of key committees (Hong Kong, Singapore); equity plan scorecard (Canada); vesting period for equity awards (France); ongoing withholds for unilateral board actions (US); audit fees for smaller companies and issuance of shares without pre-emptive rights (UK); acceptance of deposits from the public (India); director independence classification (Middle East & Africa); and remuneration caps (Brazil).

Listed below are responses to the consultation from those allowing ISS to publicly post their feedback.

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