SYDNEY (July 19, 2016) – CGI Glass Lewis, the Australian subsidiary of Glass Lewis, the leading independent provider of global governance services, today announced that Sustainalytics will now provide the E&S ratings and research underpinning CGI Glass Lewis’ E&S Advisory Paper.
The E&S Advisory Papers provide a concise and consistent review of the key E&S issues relating to ASX200 companies, including both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Beginning in July 2016 the content of the E&S Advisory Papers has been updated to feature ratings and insights from Sustainalytics, a global leader in sustainability research and analysis, which serves investors and financial institutions around the world.
“The Australian market has always taken a leadership role when it comes to prioritising the consideration of ESG factors and their impact relating to responsible, sustainable investing,” said Dan Smith, General Manager of CGI Glass Lewis. “The incorporation of Sustainalytics’ content is an exciting way to enhance the breadth and depth of our E&S Advisory Papers.”
E&S Advisory Papers are available on an annual subscription basis, covering several E&S categories and indicators while providing an assessment of the subject company’s relative strengths and weaknesses on critical issues.
“We are delighted to be working with CGI Glass Lewis to provide informed research and insights related to companies’ environmental and social risk profiles,” said Catalina Secreteanu, Head of Australia for Sustainalytics. “Our partnership creates a unique opportunity for our two firms to help facilitate meaningful E&S-related engagement between companies and their shareholders.”
Glass Lewis and Sustainalytics announced in February that they were teaming up to integrate ESG factors into the proxy voting and issuer engagement process. Glass Lewis intends to incorporate Sustainalytics’ ESG research and ratings into its standard and custom vote management services
About CGI Glass Lewis
CGI Glass Lewis is a subsidiary of Glass Lewis, the leading independent provider of global governance services, and has been providing in-depth proxy research and analysis on ASX-listed companies from its Sydney headquarters since 1994. In addition to leading research and engagement for more than 800 Australian, New Zealand, and South African companies, CGI Glass Lewis provides local-market support for all proxy voting clients in Australia and Asia, which currently oversee in excess of $1 trillion in assets. For more information, visit www.glasslewis.com.
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Sustainalytics is an independent ESG and corporate governance research, ratings and analysis firm supporting investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. With 14 offices globally, Sustainalytics partners with institutional investors who integrate environmental, social and governance information and assessments into their investment processes. Today, the firm has more than 250 staff members, including 170 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise of more than 40 sectors. Through the IRRI survey, investors selected Sustainalytics as the best independent responsible investment research firm for three consecutive years, 2012 through 2014 and in 2015, Sustainalytics was named among the top three firms for both ESG and Corporate Governance research. For more information, visit www.sustainalytics.com.
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