Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. - Country Controversy Assessment

Data category

Social data

What data do you provide?

As ESG investing has gone mainstream in the public equity space, the spotlight has turned to fixed income investments and sovereign bonds in particular. Investors increasingly recognize that ESG factors, such as corruption, climate protection, and human rights, could impact the long-term solvency of government bond issuers.

ISS ESG’s Country Controversy Assessment enables investors to assess a country’s exposure to various controversies, including alignment with international norms and conventions, to effectively manage potential ESG risks and opportunities. The assessment covers various ESG factors across the following themes:

  • Authoritarian Regime
  • Biodiversity
  • Child Labour
  • Climate Protection
  • Coal Power
  • Corruption
  • Death Penalty
  • Discrimination
  • Euthanasia
  • Freedom of Association
  • Freedom of Speech & Press
  • Global Peace Index
  • Human Rights
  • Labour Rights
  • Military Budget
  • Money Laundering
  • Nuclear Power
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Whaling

Coverage for the Country Controversy Assessment includes more than 800 sovereign issuers:

  • Approximately 100% coverage of global sovereign debt issued
  • More than 120 countries as well as Hong Kong and the European Union

All member countries of the European Union and the OECD

Where and how do you source your data?

Analysts gather the controversy-related information from credible and acknowledged external sources, such as indices and blacklists, and the ISS ESG Country Rating to deliver high-quality, relevant and actionable data.

Examples of sources:

  • Amnesty International
  • Financial Action Task Force
  • Germanwatch
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Who are the data users?

Data is used by a broad range of institutional investors, asset managers, asset owners, fund managers, banks, government institutions, universities and research firms.  

What is the cost for your data offering?

Pricing is based on the method by which data is delivered. ISS ESG can provide data via its proprietary platform, DataDesk, or via data feed. Pricing for this solution is available upon request. 


Corporate Statements

A custom-built approach to ESG

ISS ESG puts a premium on its clients’ ability to customise the ESG data and analytics they can access, its CEO Marija Kramer tells Environmental Finance.

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