Institutional Shareholder Services’ (ISS) responsible investment arm, ISS ESG, announced today the launch of ISS ESG Gateway, a new online portal providing public, free-of-charge access to the company’s corporate and fund ESG ratings and scores.
Dr. Maximilian Horster, Head of ISS ESG, said:
“Against the backdrop of exponential growth and interest in ESG investing, we are pleased to deliver on our commitment to transparency by affording interested stakeholders access to high-level, timely, and relevant information through the ISS ESG Gateway. The availability of top-level ISS ESG ratings and scores will enable capital market stakeholders and others to gain valuable insight into the array of sustainability and governance challenges and opportunities facing institutional investors and their portfolio companies alike.”
Ratings and scores provided on the new portal will include the ISS ESG Corporate Rating, which applies a system grading companies from A+ to D- based on approximately 100 indicators per industry; Governance QualityScore, a scoring and screening solution enabling quality reviews of a company’s corporate governance, encompassing Board Structure, Compensation, Shareholder Rights, and Audit & Risk Oversight; SDG Impact Ratings, measuring companies’ positive or negative impact on the 17 UN Sustainable Developments Goals, and; ESG Fund Ratings, which evaluate the ESG performance of equity and bond funds globally.
At launch, ISS ESG Gateway will provide ratings and scores on over 6,100 companies globally, as well as ratings for approximately 30,000 funds spread across 45 jurisdictions.
Bonnie Saynay, ISS ESG’s Global Head of ESG Investor Research & Data Strategy, said:
“As a leading ESG research and data provider and trusted partner to the global institutional investor community, we are excited to announce the launch of the ISS ESG Gateway to provide access to our world-class ESG ratings and scores. ISS ESG ratings and scores are underpinned by transparent methodologies, credible and verified data, and quality management and assurance by nearly 300 research analysts devoted to helping clients execute on a full range of sustainable investment strategies and objectives.”