ESG Ratings Associate at ISS | Institutional Shareholder Services

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ESG solutions enable investors to develop and integrate responsible investing policies and practices, engage on responsible investment issues, and monitor portfolio company practices through screening solutions. It also provides climate data, analytics, and advisory services to help financial market participants understand, measure, and act on climate-related risks across all asset classes. In addition, ESG solutions cover corporate and country ESG research and ratings enabling its clients to identify material social and environmental risks and opportunities.

ISS ESG is part of the Institutional Shareholder Services group of companies ("ISS"). Founded in 1985, ISS empowers investors and companies to build for long-term and sustainable growth by providing high-quality data, analytics, and insight. With nearly 2,000 employees spread across 30 U.S. and international locations, ISS is today the world's leading provider of corporate governance and responsible investment solutions, market intelligence and fund services, and events and editorial content for institutional investors and corporations, globally.

Position overview

We are seeking an Associate to join our Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) ESG Ratings research team in Rockville, MD. The successful candidate will be part of ISS ESG's global research team and will focus on the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative environmental and social data from corporate disclosures. This data feeds our broad suite of ESG solutions, including our market-leading Corporate Rating.

The ESG Ratings Associate is responsible for driving efficient and high-quality research and ratings processes, managing research projects with an industry or thematic focus, enhancing our current transparent assessment and ratings methodology, and making contributions to our thought leadership and ESG expertise. The ESG Ratings Associate will be primarily responsible for conducting research to evaluate a company's sustainability performance. This research will assess company performance in a number of sustainability-related areas, including working standards and conditions, supply chain management, ESG governance, environmental management, emission and resource consumption data, as well as several sector-specific key issues. This work involves reviewing company documents (e.g., sustainability reports, annual reports, corporate websites), identifying relevant topics, and analyzing them based on our proprietary methodology. Qualitative and quantitative analysis will be used to generate individual rating reports as well as studies on selected topic- or industry-related sustainability trends when needed.

Our Associates stand for research integrity and a thorough methodical approach, paying attention to detail in order to achieve relevant, accurate and reliable results. Being able to see the big picture as well as critical thinking are considered key factors for success. ISS ESG offers unique development opportunities for thematic or industry specialization. A career with ISS ESG Research allows you to gain in-depth insight into ESG and sustainable investment.

Our ESG research teams are based in Australia, Germany, the Philippines, Sweden, India, the UK, and the US. The successful candidate will work both independently as well as collaboratively with the local team and colleagues across our global offices. Working in a dynamic market and international environment, we put great emphasis on cooperation and offer a welcoming, collegial working atmosphere.

Key responsibilities for Associate Role
  • Contribute to an engaging, positive, and collaborative working environment, including through the management of other team members
  • Gather ESG data from company disclosures (e.g., sustainability reports, annual reports). Engage in ESG data processing, research, and analysis in line with ISS ESG methodology
  • Track and monitor developments and trends in various industries of specialization
  • Take ownership of production targets and deliver the research within timelines outlined in the processes and quality standards
  • Coordinate with relevant internal stakeholders to ensure that production is completed on time without compromising on quality
  • Constantly endeavor to develop knowledge and expertise on ESG themes associated with corporate ratings. Support the ratings team by the means of thought leadership and research publications, methodology reviews and ESG market developments monitoring. Make suggestions based on domain expertise to evaluate new data sources
  • Demonstrate proactiveness with a strong sense of ownership for the work
  • Act as a process expert regarding production, conduct tutoring and process relevant training based on experience and expertise in specific industries
  • Participate in quality assurance procedures. Support implementation of quality control measures and oversee research conducted by other analysts. Review the analyst written ESG reports and manage high quality standards with regular ESG quality data checks

  • 3-5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Demonstrated interest in sustainability
  • Bachelor's or Master's Degree (a degree in a field such as international relations, development studies, environmental science or international human rights is desirable but not required, knowledge of financial markets and sustainable finance are an advantage). MBA with a sustainability concentration is also desirable
  • Excellent English language skills, both written and oral (proficiency in languages such as Mandarin, Korean, or Japanese is a bonus)
  • Integrity, organizational skills, attention to detail, a self-driven work ethic, and the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a high-pressure, deadline-driven environment
  • Adaptability, flexibility, ability to thrive in a rapidly evolving environment and field
  • Ability to work independently while adhering to deadlines and balancing production volumes with high quality
  • Strong and effective communication and presentation skills
  • Strong research and analytical skills (this includes planning and delivery, attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence and quality control)
  • Knowledge of, and proficiency with, Microsoft office package (Excel, PowerPoint, and Word).
  • Ability to quickly process large amounts of data and information

In addition to your resume/CV, please include a cover letter in your application along with any relevant certifications.


ISS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Veteran and Disability Acts.
More Information on ISS | Institutional Shareholder Services
ISS | Institutional Shareholder Services operates in the Fintech industry. The company is located in Rockville, MD, Chicago, IL, Norman, OK, Menlo Park, CA, Boston, MA, New York, NY, Ann Arbor, MI and San Diego, CA. ISS | Institutional Shareholder Services was founded in 1985. It has 2115 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits, Life Insurance and 401(K). To see all 38 open jobs at ISS | Institutional Shareholder Services, click here.
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