On October 15, 2020, ISS released a series of preliminary FAQs on its approach to analyzing pay decisions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. These FAQs provide general guidance on how ISS Research may approach COVID-related pay decisions in the context of ISS’ pay-for-performance qualitative evaluation. ISS makes clear that the responses to the FAQs should not be construed as a guarantee as to how ISS will consider any particular situation.
This post describes each topic covered by ISS’ preliminary FAQs and summarizes ISS’ related guidance. ISS typically releases its final FAQs in December of each year after it releases its updated benchmark voting policies, typically in November of each year.