Analyze & benchmark global executive compensation practices.

Leverage global compensation data to evaluate the link between executive pay and financial performance and assess whether pay incentives are aligned with company strategy.

ISS offers unparalleled breadth of compensation data, including proprietary data points used in our proxy analysis.

Access executive compensation data on more than 6,800 companies across the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, and Australia.

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Investors Can Use ISS’ Compensation Data To:

  • Evaluate the link between executive pay and financial performance
  • Assess whether pay incentives are aligned with company strategy
  • Incorporate executive pay data into quantitative investment models
  • Identify pay practices requiring engagement with companies
  • Create and refine pay issue watchlists

Combine ISS Executive Compensation Data with ISS Incentive Lab data to evaluate long term and short term compensation against executive targets and goals to determine appropriateness and alignment.

ISS Executive Compensation Data


Factor in executive compensation data into investment decision-making and when engaging with portfolio companies, with profiles that deliver an at-a-glance view of fixed and performance-based pay, cash, equity and short and long term pay incentives relative to performance metrics.


Equity plan data and benchmarking for companies with equity plans evaluated from 2011 to present, to help you understand how plan features, limits or measurements exceed or confirm to ISS’ benchmark policy guidelines or to the best practices outlined in your proxy voting policy.


Analyze CEO and NEO pay for the largest companies across U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe & Australia, comparing against peers and evaluating base pay, short term incentives, long term incentives and total compensation.


Available for the largest 3000 U.S. Companies, pay for performance modeling allows you to run quantitative P4P tests and tailor analytical scenarios to benchmark U.S. companies against their peers.

ISS Executive Compensation Data Coverage
CEO Compensation Coverage
4,000+ US companies from 2006
(Russell 3000 + Russell Microcaps + peers)
500+ CA companies from 2008 (S&P/TSX composite + peers)
500+ UK companies from 2012
(FTSE All Shares ex-investment trusts)
1,800+ European companies from 2014
(including UK companies – STOXX 600 and local main index for covered countries)
600+ AU companies from 2011 (ASX 300 + peers)
NEO Compensation Coverage
4,000+ US companies from 2010
500+ CA companies from 2011
500+ UK companies from 2012
600+ AU companies from 2011
Key Data Points Provided
  • ISS Peer Group
  • ISS Management Say on Pay (MSOP) Concern Levels and Data
  • ISS MSOP Vote Recommendations
  • Performance Metrics: TSR (1, 3 and 5 Yr), EBITDA, EBIT, EPS, ROA, ROE
  • Market Cap, Revenue, Assets, # of Employees
  • Pay definitions including As Disclosed, Total Direct Compensation, and Realizable Pay
  • Components of Pay including Salary, Bonus, Stock Awards, Option Awards, Non-Equity Incentive Plan Payouts, Change in Pension Value
  • Total Compensation
  • Executive Functional Role
  • 1, 3 and 5 Yr TSR
  • Salary
  • Non-Equity Incentive Plan Payouts
  • Target Bonus
  • Executive Pay Rank
  • ISS Management Say on Pay (MSOP) Data
  • Bonus
  • Change in Pension Value
  • Short/Long Term Cash Payout

ISS Executive Compensation Data can be used to support fundamental and quantitative investment decisions, and is available through ISS DataDesk or via datafeeds to be ingested into client workflow.

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