Financial Research and Learning Lab

How to Access Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and its modules can only be accessed through the WRDS platform. Please visit WRDS page to learn how to create an account and the service.

Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS)

What is Directors Data

WRDS – Directors data

Access the range of variables related to board directors, including name, age, tenure, gender, committee memberships, primary employer and title.  Universe: Standard and Poors 1500 (S&P 1500) companies

What is Governance?

Provides data on classic takeover defense and other corporate governance provisions, including:

  • Classified boards
  • Cumulative voting
  • Golden parachutes
  • Poison pills
  • State takeover laws

What is Shareholder Proposal?

  • Access proposals that came to a vote as well as those that were withdrawn by the proponent or allowed to be omitted from the proxy by the SEC 
  • Access lead filer of the proposal, the meeting date, and outcome

What is Voting Results?

Analyze vote results at the company and proposal level and identify trends in corporate governance.