Corporate Governance Research & Ratings

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Corporate Governance Research and Ratings

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.

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Governance in Brief – May 06, 2021
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Governance in Brief – April 29, 2021
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Governance in Brief – April 22, 2021
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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.
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. 
Speak directly to our in-house team of subject matter experts.



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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.


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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? 


Board Structure

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?

Stakeholder governance

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

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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

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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

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Why Sustainalytics?

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A Single Market Standard

Consistent approach to ESG assessments across the investment spectrum.

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Award-Winning Research and Data

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

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End-to-End ESG Solutions

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


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350+ ESG research analysts across our global offices.

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Largest Second-Party Opinion Provider

As recognized by Environmental Finance and the Climate Bonds Initiative.

Related Insights and Resources

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Governance in Brief – May 06, 2021

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange has issued a consultation paper covering proposed amendments to its Corporate Governance Code and related listing rules

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Governance in Brief – April 29, 2021

Canadian National Railway (“CN”) has made an unsolicited bid to acquire U.S. rail carrier Kansas City Southern (“KCS”), sparking a bidding war with its largest domestic competitor Canadian Pacific Railway (“CP”).

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Governance in Brief – April 22, 2021

Royal Dutch Shell’s May 18 AGM agenda includes an advisory vote on the company’s “Energy Transition Strategy,” which sets a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Governance in Brief – April 15, 2021

Credit Suisse has announced far-reaching changes following the collapse of U.S. hedge fund Archegos Capital Management and UK supply chain finance company Greensill Capital. Archegos’ failure to meet margin commitments will cost Credit Suisse USD 4.7 billion, with the lender having liquidated USD 10 billion worth of funds managed with Greensill.

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