Corporate Governance Research & Ratings

Uncover corporate governance risks and opportunities

null

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

governance in brief

Governance in Brief – November 24, 2022

November 24, 2022  |  Newsletter
governance in brief

Governance in Brief – November 17, 2022

November 17, 2022  |  Newsletter
governance in brief

Governance in Brief – November 10, 2022

November 10, 2022  |  Newsletter

Key Features & Benefits

null

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

null

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

null

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

null

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.

Corporate governance Report

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

null

Board & Management Quality and Integrity 

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

null

Board Structure

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

null

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?

null

Remuneration

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

null

Audit & Financial Reporting 

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

null

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?

Delivery Options

global access platform in laptop

Global Access

Access our research through our user-friendly investor interface with easy to use screening and reporting tools. You can also access onscreen & PDF reports

Learn More
data services icons in desktop computer

Data Services Regular data feed (SFTP/FTP) or API

Access our research through an internal or a third-party system of your choice: Bloomberg, Factset and Markit

Learn More

Why Sustainalytics?

null

A Single Market Standard

Consistent approach to ESG assessments across the investment spectrum.

null

Award-Winning Research and Data

Firm recognized as Best ESG Research and Data Provider by Environmental Finance and Investment Week.

null

End-to-End ESG Solutions

ESG products and services that serve the entire investment value chain.

null

30 Years of ESG Expertise

800+ ESG research analysts across our global offices.

null

A Leading SPO Provider

As recognized by Environmental Finance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

Related Insights and Resources

governance in brief

Governance in Brief – November 24, 2022

Costco to set new emissions targets following activist demands Activist investment firm Green Century Capital Management claims that Costco Wholesale Corp has pledged to set new Scope 3 climate reduction targets in 2023. At Costco’s January 2022 AGM, 70% of votes supported a proposal from Green Century for the company to include emissions from producers and distributors in its net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets.

governance in brief

Governance in Brief – November 17, 2022

Renault to potentially spin off EV line and partner with Geely French carmaker Renault Group has announced plans to split its activities into five separate businesses: “Ampere” (electrical vehicles), “Power” (combustion- and hybrid-engine assets), “Alpine” (sports cars), “Mobilize” (financial services), and “The Future is Neutral” (recycling activities). The company is considering listing Ampere on Euronext Paris in 2023 and has said that it will welcome external investors while maintaining a “strong majority.”

governance in brief

Governance in Brief – November 10, 2022

Petrobras to pay massive third quarter dividend Petrobras has approved the payment of around BRL 43.68 billion (USD 8.4 billion) in Q3 dividends. Of the total dividend, around BRL 20 billion (USD 3.9 billion) will go to the Brazilian federal government, Petrobras’ controlling shareholder.

governance in brief

Governance in Brief – November 3, 2022

SEC adopts new rule on executive compensation clawbacks The U.S. SEC has adopted new rules requiring publicly traded companies to recover incentive-based executive compensation if that pay was awarded based on a misstated financial performance measure. The SEC had originally proposed a clawback rule in 2015, but it remained dormant until 2021.

Related Products

null

ESG Voting Policy Overlay

Receive voting recommendations based on sustainability principles, ESG research and engagement signals. 

Learn More
null

Thematic Engagement

Our Thematic Engagement program includes several corporate governance related engagement themes. 

Learn More
null

ESG Risk Ratings

Take a coherent and consistent approach to assessing financially material ESG risks.

Learn More