Glass Lewis’ Policy Guidelines provide an overview of our approach to governance and proxy research. Updated guidelines are now available for the Netherlands, Germany, and Japan, and updates to other markets will be released soon.

Current policy guidelines can be accessed here.

In developing our policies, we consider a diverse range of perspectives and inputs, with ongoing analysis of regulatory developments, academic research and evolving market practices as a starting point. We incorporate insights gained from discussions with institutional investors, trade groups and other market participants, as well as meetings of the Glass Lewis Research Advisory Council. Further, our engagement meetings with over 1,000 public companies each year help shape our guidelines by adding essential market- and industry-specific context.

Glass Lewis evaluates these guidelines on an ongoing basis and formally updates them on an annual basis. For 2019, our guidelines are focused on several key areas, including board diversity, environmental and social risk oversight, auditor independence, executive compensation and shareholder rights. For a complete detail of the 2019 updates, please review the Summary of Changes within the relevant policy document.

We believe in transparent, aligned and well-governed markets in service of our purpose to empower clients seeking to maximize long-term shareholder value. As such, investor clients and non-clients, issuers and other stakeholders are invited to comment on these updates, as well as any aspect of the Policy Guidelines, at any time throughout the year. Your feedback will be taken into consideration as we continue to evaluate our guidelines on an ongoing basis and formally update them annually.