Guide to ESG data providers :: Governance QualityScore

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. - Governance QualityScore

Data category

  • Governance data
  • Rankings

What data do you provide?

ISS’ Governance QualityScore is a data-driven scoring and screening solution designed to help investors review and assess governance risk within four key pillars: 

  • Board Structure 
  • Compensation 
  • Shareholder Rights 
  • Audit & Risk Oversight

Covering more than 5,700 companies in 30 markets, Governance QualityScore provides decile-based scores that indicate a company’s governance risk relative to its index and region. A score of 1 indicates higher quality governance practices and lower governance risk, while a score of 10 indicates the opposite.  These scores provide an indication of relative quality and are supported by factor-level data critical to the research process. Historical scores and data provide greater context and trending analysis to understand a company’s approach to governance over time.

Where and how do you source your data?

Data is collected from company filings, as well as ongoing event-driven data updates as reflected in public disclosure, press releases and company web sites.  Companies undergo regular top-to-bottom reviews and are verified by ISS’ corporate governance analysts. In addition to internal reviews for quality, companies may receive an opportunity to verify their data using one of ISS’ data verification and/or draft review processes.  Company research and ratings are updated daily, based on newly published, publicly available information.