Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. - Sector-Based Screening

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Social data

What data do you provide?

ISS ESG’s Sector-Based Screening provides an assessment of companies with business involvement in specific controversial sectors, products or services. Sector-Based Screening supports investor action on ethical or faith-based criteria by assessing a company’s current involvement in the following:

  • Abortion/Abortifacients
  • Adult Entertainment/ Pornography
  • Alcohol
  • Animal Testing
  • Animal Welfare (incl. Factory Farming)
  • Cannabis
  • Civilian Firearms
  • Contraceptives
  • Euthanasia
  • For-profit Correctional Facilities
  • Gambling
  • GMOs
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Islamic Finance
  • Military Equipment & Services
  • Palm Oil
  • Pork
  • Predatory Lending
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Tobacco
  • Violent Video Games

Additional information is available for companies with indications of current involvement, including profile notes on the company’s involvement in a certain product or service, and reported data or estimate of share of revenues derived from certain product or service. Coverage for most sector-based screens includes approximately 20,000 issuers including around 15,000 publicly listed companies.

Where and how do you source your data?

ISS ESG employs an issue-based approach to screening which focuses on the actions of companies across the globe. This approach allows ISS ESG to flag potential scrutinized companies that would not otherwise fall into a defined index and allows for fuller coverage. Companies within risk sectors are actively screened to determine the involvement in the relevant controversial activity.  

Screening data and estimates are based on the most recent annual report and/or financial filings, published company information, expert sources and non-governmental organisations reports. ISS ESG also gathers relevant industry sector statistics. Further, ISS ESG conducts a fact-finding dialogue with the company when further clarification is needed. 

Information is updated annually with updates scheduled according to financial data release.  Information about corporate events is tracked via news sources and updated as financial releases become available. Clients may access the team of ISS ESG analysts for questions related to research results or broader ESG issues.   

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. 


Sector-Based Screening, offered by @issesg, assesses companies’ involvement in a wide range of products and services such as the newly added Islamic finance, #palmoil, hazardous substances, violent video games, euthanasia and more. 





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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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