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ISS Updates Policies Ahead of Upcoming Proxy Season

Joe Mont | November 7, 2014

Proxy advisory firm ISS has updated its policies and recommendation criteria for 2015 annual meetings. The updates build upon ongoing outreach to companies and investors on such matters as pay for performance; board accountability; boardroom diversity; equity plan evaluation; risk oversight and audit; cross‐market listings; and environmental and social performance goals.
Changes to ISS’ analytical framework for equity-based compensation plans “were many years in the making,” the update says. “The catalysts for this effort are the same market forces (new accounting standards, greater use of performance-based awards, and growing plan complexity) that have spurred significant changes in equity plan design and administration by corporations in recent years.”
The ISS "scorecard" model considers a range of positive and negative factors, rather than a series of pass/fail tests, to evaluate...

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