Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc.

  • ESG Research Analyst (Focus on Social or Anti-Corruption Issues)

    Job Locations PH-Makati City
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  • Overview

    About ISS-ESG

    Founded in 1985, ISS is the world’s leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions for asset owners, asset managers, hedge funds, and asset service providers. ISS’ solutions include objective governance research and recommendations; environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) risk data, analytics, and research; end-to-end proxy voting and distribution solutions; turnkey securities class-action claims management; and reliable global governance data and modeling tools. Clients rely on ISS' expertise to help them make informed corporate governance decisions. ISS has more than 1,200 employees in 19 offices in 13 countries.


    ISS continues to grow in order to meet client demands for extra-financial data, research, analytics and advisory services to aid in investment decision-making and portfolio monitoring. ISS significantly enhanced its ESG capabilities by forming its ISS ESG business unit through the acquisitions of Ethix SRI Advisors in 2015, IW Financial in 2017, the investment climate data division of the South Pole Group, also in 2017, and, most recently, in March 2018, oekom research AG. ISS ESG is now uniquely positioned to offer actionable ESG solutions that inform investment decisions, support company engagements, and support a variety of ESG reporting initiatives.

    Position Overview

    We are immediately seeking an ESG Research Analysts (Focus on Social or Anti-Corruption Issues) in Manila to join our Norm-Based Research team.


    The Norm-Based Research team conducts research and analysis into allegations of corporate involvement in practices that are in conflict with international standards and guidelines, as recognized in the United Nations (UN) Global Compact and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The team compiles analysis reports on over 15,000 publicly listed companies, covering the constituents of major global indices (large, mid and small cap). This research assists investors make decisions regarding companies’ adherence to global norms on anti‐corruption, human rights, environmental protection and labour standards.


    The Norm-Based Research team is currently based in Stockholm (Sweden) and Manila (Philippines), with imminent expansion in Rockville (United States).


    Main Responsibilities:

    • Conduct desk research into alleged corporate involvement in specific activities or practices that may be in conflict with established international standards and guidelines, reviewing information presented by stakeholders and companies (e.g. Annual Reports, sustainability reports, company websites), and engaging in dialogue with companies and stakeholders
    • Write standardized research reports and participate in peer review process
    • Present research findings to clients and respond to client queries
    • Participate in and contribute to team processes focused on strengthening our ESG product offering


    Required Skills:

    Professional skills and qualifications:

    • Proven research and analysis skills
      • Strong academic qualifications (Degree in relevant field, such as international relations, law, politics, environmental science desirable but not required)
    • 3-5 years of research experience
    • Advanced use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
    • Excellent language skills, both written and oral. (Required fluency in English; fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is highly desirable; fluency in Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Russian is desirable)
    • Solid writing skills
    • Strong interest in business, finance and international politics
    • Good understanding of international norms related to ESG, responsible investment, and sustainability

    Personal skills:

    • Attention to detail
    • Methodical and thorough approach to work
    • Ability to work towards deadlines, manage tasks and prioritize
    • Methodical and thorough approach to work
    • Well organized
    • Good at juggling tasks and prioritizing
    • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team to coordinate and lead the efforts of other professionals
    • A desire to show initiative


    Kindly submit a cover letter along with a CV in English. Applications without a cover letter won’t be taken into consideration.


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