Strong oversight and accountability are crucial to the management of material ESG issues as well as a company’s ability to execute its long-term business strategy. Sustainalytics flagged corporate governance concerns at both Volkswagen and Fiat months before the respective emissions scandals broke.
Sustainalytics’ Corporate Governance Research & Ratings enable investors to better assess portfolio companies’ corporate governance structures, practices and behaviors. These qualities have long been embraced by investors as potential sources of investment risk and, more recently, opportunity.
Our Corporate Governance Research & Ratings also form the baseline assessment for our ESG Risk Ratings.
Key Features & Benefits
Better understand companies’ corporate governance systems and practices and the potential risks and opportunities they pose to long-term value creation.
Leverage insights from our independent analyses to inform your investment decisions as well as proxy voting and engagement activities.
Benchmark companies’ corporate governance performance on a variety of metrics to identify strengths as well as potential red flags.
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Corporate Governance Reports
Data-driven contextual reports that provide corporate governance ratings and information on a global universe of approximately 4,200 companies. We assess a company’s corporate governance structures, practices and behaviors along six pillars that are deemed crucial for good governance: Board Integrity & Quality, Board Structure, Remuneration, Shareholder Rights, Financial Reporting and Stakeholder Governance. Select reports also include an analyst view and outlook for the company.
Corporate Governance Pillars
Board & Management Quality and Integrity
Do the board’s experience, track record and behavior sufficiently demonstrate its ability to provide strategic leadership and oversight?
Do the organization and structure of the board provide sufficient oversight, representation and accountability to shareholders?
Ownership and Shareholder Rights
Do the constitution of the company and its ownership structures respect the right of outside shareholders relative to the board, management, and major holders?
Do the company’s remuneration policies and practices provide appropriate incentives for management to build value?
Audit & Financial Reporting
Are the company’s financial reports reliable and subject to appropriate oversight?
Does the company’s management of extra financial risks and broader stakeholder relationships raise concerns regarding its governance of long-term value creation?
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Related Insights and Resources
Governance in Brief – September 22, 2022
DOJ unveils crimefighting policies for corporate misconduct The U.S. Department of Justice has announced a new “carrots and sticks” approach to fighting corporate crime that encourages companies to report misconduct while making it more difficult for repeat offenders to enter settlements and deferred prosecutions.
Governance in Brief – September 8, 2022
BHP shareholders seek coherent climate policy Shareholder activist group The Australasian Center for Corporate Responsibility (“ACCR”) has, with the support of circa 100 co-sponsors, submitted a set of climate-focused resolutions to BHP Group’s next AGM. The ACCR is urging the miner to "proactively advocate for Australian policy settings that are consistent with the Paris Agreement's objective of limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius."
Receive voting recommendations based on sustainability principles, ESG research and engagement signals.
Our Thematic Engagement program includes several corporate governance related engagement themes.