Corporate Governance Research & Ratings

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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.

Latest Newsletters

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Governance in Brief – January 20, 2022

January 20, 2022  |  Newsletter
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Governance in Brief – January 13, 2022

January 13, 2022  |  Newsletter
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Governance in Brief – January 06, 2022

January 6, 2022  |  Newsletter

Key Features & Benefits

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Better understand companies’ corporate governance systems and practices and the potential risks and opportunities they pose to long-term value creation.

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Leverage insights from our independent analyses to inform your investment decisions as well as proxy voting and engagement activities. 

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Benchmark companies’ corporate governance performance on a variety of metrics to identify strengths as well as potential red flags. 

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Speak directly to our in-house team of subject matter experts.

Coverage

~4,200 COMPANIES 

Global coverage of major indexes

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.

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Governance in Brief Newsletter

Sign up to our weekly Governance in Brief newsletter for an analysis of the latest weekly developments. To view previous issues here.

Corporate Governance Pillars

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Board & Management Quality and Integrity 

Do the board’s experience, track record and behavior sufficiently demonstrate its ability to provide strategic leadership and oversight? 

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Board Structure

Do the organization and structure of the board provide sufficient oversight, representation and accountability to shareholders?

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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?

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Remuneration

Do the company’s remuneration policies and practices provide appropriate incentives for management to build value?

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Audit & Financial Reporting 

Are the company’s financial reports reliable and subject to appropriate oversight?

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Stakeholder Governance

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

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Governance in Brief – January 20, 2022

Toshiba investor requests shareholder vote on separation plan Singapore-based 3D Investment Partners (“3D”), Toshiba’s second-largest investor, has requested that the firm hold an EGM for shareholders to vote on its three-way separation plan originally announced in November 2021. 3D intends to vote against the proposal, but nevertheless wishes for this legally required vote to take place before additional plan- related expenses are incurred.

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Governance in Brief – January 13, 2022

Alphabet increases executive remuneration Alphabet is to raise the base salaries of four of its top executives, soon after informing employees that there would not be a company-wide salary adjustment to match rising inflation. Four top executives, CFO Ruth Porat, SVP Prabhakar Raghavan, Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler, and Chief Legal Officer Kent Walker, will have their annual salaries increased from USD 650,000 to USD 1 million.

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Governance in Brief – January 06, 2022

Vivendi moves towards full control of Lagardère Vivendi has announced that it is acquiring activist investor Amber Capital’s 17.5% stake in French media and retail group Lagardère, at a price of EUR 24.10 per share. The transaction will result in Vivendi owning 45.1% of Lagardère, triggering a full bid for the company due to the 30% mandatory bid threshold having been breached. Accordingly, Vivendi plans to make an offer of EUR 24.10 per share for Lagardère’s remaining stake by February 2022. The deal marks the latest chapter in a multiyear dispute over Lagardère’s control and governance. Vivendi, today Lagardère’s largest shareholder, started building its stake in April 2020, as Lagardère’s managing partner Arnaud Lagardère clashed with Amber over the company’s governance structure. At the time, Lagardère was a French “partnership limited by shares,” which allowed Arnaud Lagardère to retain control despite only holding around 7% of capital. While Vivendi initially supported Arnaud Lagardère’s attempt to fend off a proxy contest from Amber at the 2020 AGM, it later joined Amber in requesting board representation. In April 2021, Arnaud Lagardère bowed to shareholder pressure by agreeing to convert Lagardère into a joint stock company.

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Governance in Brief – December 16, 2021

Vivendi moves towards full control of Lagardère Vivendi has announced that it is acquiring activist investor Amber Capital’s 17.5% stake in French media and retail group Lagardère, at a price of EUR 24.10 per share. The transaction will result in Vivendi owning 45.1% of Lagardère, triggering a full bid for the company due to the 30% mandatory bid threshold having been breached. Accordingly, Vivendi plans to make an offer of EUR 24.10 per share for Lagardère’s remaining stake by February 2022. The deal marks the latest chapter in a multiyear dispute over Lagardère’s control and governance. Vivendi, today Lagardère’s largest shareholder, started building its stake in April 2020, as Lagardère’s managing partner Arnaud Lagardère clashed with Amber over the company’s governance structure. At the time, Lagardère was a French “partnership limited by shares,” which allowed Arnaud Lagardère to retain control despite only holding around 7% of capital. While Vivendi initially supported Arnaud Lagardère’s attempt to fend off a proxy contest from Amber at the 2020 AGM, it later joined Amber in requesting board representation. In April 2021, Arnaud Lagardère bowed to shareholder pressure by agreeing to convert Lagardère into a joint stock company.

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