Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) yesterday launched the data verification period for its governance rating platform formerly known as QuickScore. The product will be rebranded as QualityScore Nov. 21 and data verification for covered companies will be open until Nov. 11.
QualityScore, which covers about 5,600 publicly traded companies in 30 markets, includes U.S. companies listed on the Russell 3000 and S&P 500. The platform, via its data-driven scoring methodology, is intended to help institutional investors review governance and risk factors in the areas of board structure, executive compensation, shareholder rights and audit & risk oversight.
This year’s iteration includes several new rating factors relevant to U.S. companies, including the following:
Audit & Risk Oversight
As a reminder, ISS has also made available for comment its proposed draft policy changes for 2017. All Comments are due by 6 p.m. ET on Nov. 10. ISS will release its final 2017 voting policies the week of Nov. 14 and these policies will apply to shareholder meetings taking place on or after Feb. 1, 2017.
For more on the proposed policy changes, see ISS Issues for Comment Its Proposed 2017 Draft Policy Changes.
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