GMI Ratings Launches Global LeaderBoard

Relationship-mapping Tool Deepens Analysis of Corporate Governance and Extra-financial Issuer Risk

New York – December 4, 2012 — GMI Ratings, the leading provider of research on environmental, social, governance (ESG) and accounting-related risks affecting the performance of public companies, announced today the launch of Global LeaderBoard (GLB), an online research and data-visualization tool that maps relationships between corporations and corporate board members.

GLB applies principles of network science to help subscribers explore complex relationship patterns to deepen the analysis of corporate governance practices and issuer risk. GLB provides detailed information and relationship-mapping tools for more than 370,000 directors and 270,000 corporate officers at 70,000 corporate entities worldwide, representing all major economic sectors.

GLB allows subscribers to:

  • Screen the director database using multiple criteria such as position, experience, corporate board relationships and educational backgrounds.
  • Identify and analyze corporate interlocks (directors serving on multiple boards together).
  • Use tabular and graphical tools to track director connections across multiple boards and affiliations.
  • Display corporate, committee, and non-corporate relationships at the first and second degrees and drill down to the underlying company board or individual director profiles.
  • Uncover degrees of separation between two known individuals and research relationship pathways for potential conflicts – or opportunities.
  • Drill down to the underlying company board or individual director profiles

Ric Marshall, GMI Ratings Chief Analyst and Director of Development, said: “Global LeaderBoard represents a natural extension of GMI Ratings’ data and research focused on governance and other novel measures of corporate character. GLB is designed to help our clients deepen their analysis of issuer risk by exploring the broader context of board-level relationships and interlocking board memberships that may affect the quality of corporate leadership.”

Webinar | Global LeaderBoard Overview

On December 6 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time, GMI Ratings will host a webinar for current and prospective clients to review Global LeaderBoard features and data. To participate in the webinar, please register at this link or type this address into your web browser:  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/311265473

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About GMI Ratings

GMI Ratings is an independent provider of research and ratings on environmental, social, governance and accounting‐related risks affecting the performance of public companies. The firm’s ESG ratings for nearly 5,500 companies worldwide incorporate 120 ESG KeyMetrics™ to help investors assess the sustainable investment value of corporations. The firm also provides Accounting and Governance Risk (AGR®) ratings and corresponding litigation probabilities for approximately 18,000 public companies worldwide. AGR metrics reflect the accuracy and reliability of a company’s financial reporting. Clients of GMI Ratings include leading investment managers, asset owners, insurers, auditors, regulators and corporations seeking to incorporate accounting and ESG factors into risk assessment and decision‐making. A signatory to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), GMI Ratings was formed in 2010 through the merger of GovernanceMetrics International, The Corporate Library and Audit Integrity. In the 2012 Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey conducted by Thomson Reuters Extel and SRI‐CONNECT.com, GMI Ratings was named “The Best Independent Corporate Governance Research Provider.”  For more information please visit www.gmiratings.com.

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