Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. - Global Sanctions Screening

Data category

  • Social data
  • Screening and Controversies

What data do you provide?

Global Sanctions Screening identifies issuers with certain business ties to countries subject to US state-level divestment mandates or designated under national or multi-lateral sanctions regimes. Issuers linked to sanctioned nations are comprehensively evaluated to determine the nature of their business activities and whether these activities are permissible or scrutinized under sanctions mandates. Customized screens can be created to take into account exempting factors such as humanitarian activities, ongoing withdrawal, authorized business activities, and related exemptions, as well as screening in support of specific US state-level mandates.  

ISS monitors more than 50 regimes facing sanctions including the below countries. A full list is available upon request.

Countries covered under US state-level sanctions

  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Northern Ireland
  • Sudan
  • Syria

National and Multilateral Sanctions Regimes

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • EU
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States (OFAC)

Countries of Concern

  • 45+ countries identified by Freedom House as “Not Free”

Where and how do you source your data?

ISS ESG employs a country-centric approach to sanctions research, focusing on any projects, operations, agreements, or other involvement in/with a country of concern. This country-centric approach allows ISS ESG to flag potential scrutinized companies that would not otherwise fall into a defined index and allows the company to provide fuller coverage.

Assessments include a profile note on the company’s relevant activities, and in some cases the research will include an indication as to what share of revenue a company derives from these activities (more or less than 10%) or what amount a company has invested in certain sectors in these countries.

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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