1. Respondent Information

We appreciate you taking the time to provide input to our 2022 ISS annual global benchmark policy survey. Your answers will help inform ISS voting policy development on a variety of different topics across global markets.
This year’s survey first covers the global topic of climate change risk management with a focus on specific questions concerning climate-related board accountability, climate transition plans and management “say on climate” resolutions, climate risk as a critical audit matter, and financed emissions for companies in the financial sector.  
Then, drilling down by individual markets and regions, the survey seeks your views on several emerging trends and issues expected to shape the governance and stewardship landscape ahead. For the U.S., questions cover potential benchmark policy exemptions for multi-class capital structures, handling of problematic governance structures, and views on calls for third-party racial equity and civil rights audits. These are followed by questions on share issuance mandates at cross-market companies under ISS' U.S. policy coverage. With regard to the U.K. and Ireland, survey questions cover audit-related matters and assessment of executive pay increases, while questions applicable to Continental Europe cover multi-class share structures and unequal voting rights, as well as virtual-only shareholder meeting provisions. For emerging markets, the survey focuses on share repurchases in Sub-Saharan African markets.
The survey will close on August 31, at 5pm ET. (Answers received after the survey's close will be considered but may not be compiled statistically in the results report.)
In addition to our annual policy surveys, ISS conducts a variety of regional and topic-specific roundtables and conference calls each year as part of our annual policy development process to gather broad input from investors, company executives, directors and others. These will also factor into the update and development of ISS’ voting policy guidelines for 2023 and beyond. After analysis and consideration of this year's survey responses and the many other inputs we receive, we will, as in prior years, open a public comment period for all interested market participants on the major final proposed changes to our policies for 2023. The open comment period is designed to elicit objective and specific feedback from investors, companies, and other market constituents on the practical implementation of the proposed policy updates, before the final policy changes are published later in the year.
Please feel free to pass on a link to this survey, which is available here, to others in your organization to whom it could be relevant.  A PDF copy of the survey is available for download at https://www.issgovernance.com/file/policy/2022-policy-survey.pdf .
Respondents must provide verifiable information pertaining to name, title, email, and organization for responses to be accepted. However, individual survey responses and respondent details will not be shared with anyone outside of ISS and will be used by ISS only for policy development purposes.
If you have questions or would like to submit any further responses to any of the survey questions, please send requests to policy@issgovernance.com.

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* Please provide your contact information.

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* Which category best describes you or the organization on whose behalf you are responding?

If you are a mutual fund, bank, or insurance company responding as a public corporation, please select the "public corporation" category in the question above.

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* If you are an institutional investor, what is the size of your organization’s equity assets under management or assets owned (in U.S. dollars) or if you are a public corporation, what is the size of your organization’s market capitalization (in U.S. dollars)?

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* What is your primary geographic area of focus in answering the survey questions?

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