Frequently Asked Questions

How do you research a whistleblowing request?

Our on-the-ground researchers constantly monitor shareholder rights practices around the world. When an investigation is launched, these researchers create the foundations of our work by talking with people whose rights were violated or who witnessed a violation of shareholder’s rights. Shareholder-Rights© also speaks with journalists, country experts, and government officials. We publish our findings in series of reports available on our website.

How do you achieve change?

Because of our proxy services, insider access and careful fact-checking, international media and concerned governments frequently reference our research. We partner with institutional investors, making detailed recommendations to governments, international institutions, corporations, policymakers, and the press to adopt reforms. By exposing their actions, we put pressure on shareholder rights abusers to stop violating rights. Our efforts lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted changes in policy, law, and public opinion.

Why is it important to document shareholder rights abuses?

When we investigate and expose shareholder rights violations, we seek to hold corporations accountable to their stakeholders, to the international community, and to their obligations under international law. We seek to build the case for changes in law or policy and to empower local activism.

Who relies on your reporting?

Because of our meticulous field research and proxy advisory services, reporters, columnists, shareholders, institutional investors and as well as policymakers and regulators worldwide rely on our reports.

What is the goal of the IGI initiative?

The IGI Initiative aims to help investors integrate the consideration of governance issues into investment decision-making and ownership practices across all asset classes and regions, and in so doing, help contribute to the creation of a sustainable financial system.

How will implementing the Investors for Governance and Integrity Principles Influence investment returns?

Implementing the Principles will lead to a more complete understanding of a range of material issues, and this should ultimately result in increased returns and lower risk. There is increasing evidence that corporate governance issues can be material to the performance of portfolios, particularly over the long term.

IGI signatories are also part of a global network, with opportunities to pool their resources and influence to engage with companies on corporate governance issues. The Initiative also supports investors to work together to address systemic problems that, if remedied, may lead to less volatile, accountable and sustainable financial markets that reward long-term responsible investment

Does signing involve a financial commitment?

There is a mandatory fee which is scaled based on assets for investors and employees for service partners.

What specifically do signatories commit to?

IGI Signatories commit to the following:

• To be an active owner and to incorporate Governance & Integrity Rating (GIR) guidelines and recommendations into our ownership policies and practices
• To work to further the advancement of good corporate governance practices and promote a safer financial environment
• To report on our activities and progress towards implementing good corporate governance

What happens if we sign but find it difficult to comply?

There are no legal or regulatory sanctions associated with the IGI Declaration. They are designed to be voluntary and aspirational. There may be reputational risks associated with signing up and then failing to take any action at all, but the commitments are, for most signatories, a work in progress and a directional focus, rather than a prescriptive checklist with which to comply.

Are all GIR grades final or can I change a company’s grade? How do we communicate a change in our disclosure policy?

No grade is final. All rated companies are encouraged to use our ratings in order to improve their corporate governance policies and practices so as to exceed international standards. Once a company has had a change in its corporate governance, it should email us at info@shareholder-rights.com so we can review the changes and update its grade accordingly.

How are the scores calculated?

In our methodology, you will find the list of 100 question/items we look for when rating a company. Each question is assigned a score of 1 or 0. We tally up the total number of 1s the company gets and then associate that percentage with a grade.

What grading scales do you use?

EXCELLENT
A++ = 95 – 100
Mastery of corporate governance at the highest level of attainment that can reasonably be expected.

A+ = 90 – 94.9
Represents outstanding distinction and excellence.

A = 85 – 89.9
The A grade states clearly that the company has shown outstanding implementations of corporate governance practices.

A- = 80 – 84.9
The company displays a comprehensive implementation of corporate governance principles which go beyond country requirements.

VERY GOOD
B++ = 75 – 79.9
Represents a more complex understanding and/or application of corporate governance practices.

B+ = 70 – 74.9
Strong performance demonstrating a high level of corporate governance attainment.

B = 65 – 69.9
The company demonstrates a substantial implementation of corporate governance and a thorough familiarity with international best practices.

B- = 60 – 64.9
The company has shown solid promise in the aspect of corporate governance.

FAIR
C++ = 55 – 59.9
A totally acceptable implementation of corporate governance practices demonstrating an adequate level of attainment for a company at a given stage of development.

C+ = 50 – 54.9
While not yet showing unusual promise, the company may continue to progress on its corporate governance implementations and disclosures with reasonable hope of corporate governance development.

C = 45 – 49.9
Signifies average – simple, common, adequate but ordinary and minimally acceptable performance.

C- = 40 – 44.9
The company should recognize what more is needed; plan to move ahead, improve and grow.

INADEQUATE
D++ = 35 – 39.9
A marginal performance in the required exercises demonstrating a minimal passing level of attainment.

D+ = 30 – 34.9
Represents results less than standard and/or mediocre

D = 25 – 29.9
The company has given no evidence of prospective growth in corporate governance.

D- = 20 – 24.9
The company reveals a lack of disclosure of corporate governance principles and materials.

FAIL
F = 0 – 19.9
Is a clear failure. It represents lack of effort/interest, an unacceptable performance and a cause for deep concern.

Do you have a Refund Policy?

Once the report has been purchased and downloaded, no refunds or exchanges will be accepted.

I have a question that is not answered on this page. Will you answer it?

Sure! If you have a question, just send it to us. We try to answer as many inquiries as we can.

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