TOKYO (September 30th, 2016) QUICK, a leading Japanese provider of value-added, global financial and economic information, has started delivering Glass Lewis’ Proxy Paper research service to Nomura Asset Management, a leading institutional investor in Japan.
Proxy Paper research reports from Glass Lewis, the leading independent provider of global governance services, cover approximately 20,000 listed companies globally (including 2,000 Japanese companies) and offer analysis and voting recommendations on all ballot issues to be considered by shareholders.
The Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) were established 10 years ago and 2 years have passed since Japan’s Stewardship Code was launched. Under these guidelines, institutional investors are expected to fulfill their responsibilities as responsible investors and clearly explain their voting decisions.
Nomura Asset Management selected Proxy Paper research reports to help make more informed in-house judgements of shareholder proposals after considering recommendations from several proxy advisory firms and evaluating various issues. Mr. Kunio Watanabe, CEO/President at Nomura Asset Management, said “Institutional investors are required to fulfill their stewardship responsibilities more than ever before. We believe that using external services are helpful to make a more appropriate proxy decision. As an institutional investor, we will continue to strive to provide our clients with the best possible investment performance.”
QUICK provides ESG data and advisory services for investors to support their responsible investment strategies. In February 2016, QUICK forged a partnership with Glass Lewis to distribute the company’s proxy related information in Japan. In May, QUICK started marketing the Proxy Paper report service. As a PRI signatory and a CDP partner, QUICK continues to enhance the services it offers as an intermediary between industrial corporations and financial institutions such as pension funds, institutional investors, and securities.
QUICK Corp. ESG Research Center
About Glass Lewis
Glass Lewis is the leading independent provider of global governance services, helping institutional investors understand and connect with the companies they invest in. We are a trusted ally of more than 1,200 investors globally who use our high-quality, unbiased Proxy Paper research, industry-leading Viewpoint proxy vote management solution, and innovative Meetyl direct-engagement platform to help drive value across all their governance activities. Glass Lewis empowers institutional investors that collectively manage more than $25 trillion to make sound voting decisions at more than 20,000 meetings a year in 100 countries by uncovering and assessing governance, business, legal, political and accounting risks. Founded in 2003, Glass Lewis has more than 360 employees worldwide across offices from headquarters in San Francisco to New York, Washington D.C., Sydney, Australia, Limerick, Ireland, and Karlsruhe, Germany. More information available at www.glasslewis.com.
About QUICK ESG Research Center
QUICK established an ESG Research Center in 2014 and started the ESG advisory service based on ESG data and rating methodology provided by EIRIS (currently “VigeoEIRIS”) to institutional investors. In February 2015, QUICK launched advisory service for industrial corporations to foster their ESG strategies. Customers for this line of business are pension funds, institutional investors, corporate IR, CSR, Public Relations, planning departments and environmental improvement divisions.
In 2014, QUICK was selected to undertake the research mandate for Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), “Research project on how the Government Pension Fund should undertake Stewardship responsibilities and ESG investment”. Through the website, ESG analyst team provides research reports of global ESG issues, interview reports, and variety of information about responsible investment. Besides, QUICK has given lectures in several conferences aimed at pension funds, industrial companies, and institutional investors such as RI Asia and PRI symposium.
In July 2016, QUICK was selected as CDP’s water scoring partner. Taking advantages of this experience, QUICK helps customers to visualize the water-related risks and enhance the measurements. As a gold partner of CDP, QUICK provides Climate Change, Water, and Forest disclosure reports to institutional investors.