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2016-02-18

Sustainalytics: Sustainalytics and Glass Lewis Team Up to Integrate ESG Factors Directly Into the Proxy Voting and Engagement Process

Glass Lewis to Incorporate Sustainalytics' ESG Research and Ratings Into Its Standard and Custom Vote Management Services
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands and SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Sustainalytics, a leading provider of ESG research, ratings and analysis, and
Glass Lewis, the leading independent provider of global governance services,
today announced a strategic partnership. Glass Lewis will integrate
Sustainalytics' ESG research and ratings on more than 10,000 companies into
Glass Lewis' proxy research and vote management platform.

In the first phase of the partnership, Glass Lewis and Sustainalytics will
co-develop a new ESG profile page derived from Sustainalytics ESG data and
ratings that will be featured within Glass Lewis' Proxy Paper reports. In
addition, users of Glass Lewis' proxy voting platform, Viewpoint, will have
the ability to incorporate ESG factors into their custom voting policies,
tailor workflow and reporting with various ESG criteria and access the full
Sustainalytics ESG data set for analysis, screening, voting and engagement
purposes.

With more than 250 employees worldwide and expertise across more than 40
sectors, Sustainalytics' 120 analysts evaluate companies' management systems,
practices, policies and other indicators related to environmental, social and
governance risk. It is widely understood that ESG factors can have a
significant impact on a company's ability to deliver value to shareholders.

"The responsibility for ensuring companies are effectively managing the
business risks related to environmental and social factors lies squarely with
corporate directors," said Michael Jantzi, Sustainalytics chief executive
officer. "Just as portfolio managers and analysts are increasingly
integrating ESG factors into their investment processes, those professionals
responsible for their firms' proxy voting policies and, ultimately their
actual proxy votes, also need insights into how these issues are being
managed within the boardroom. We are pleased to be partnering with Glass
Lewis to make these important ESG insights more accessible to governance
decision-makers."

Founded in 2003, Glass Lewis is a trusted ally of more than 1,200 investors
globally that use the firm's high-quality, unbiased Proxy Paper research,
industry-leading Viewpoint proxy vote management solution and innovative
Meetyl direct-engagement platform to help drive value across all their
governance activities.

"Increasingly, our clients want to better understand how their portfolio
companies are managing their ESG risk," said Glass Lewis chief executive
officer, Katherine Rabin. "By combining our governance solutions with
Sustainalytics high quality research, extensive data and global scope, we can
immediately deliver meaningful ESG insights to Glass Lewis clients, helping
them understand and connect with the companies in which they invest."

About Glass Lewis

Glass Lewis is the leading independent provider of global governance services,
helping institutional investors understand and connect with the companies
they invest in. We are a trusted ally of more than 1,200 investors globally
who use our high-quality, unbiased Proxy Paper research, industry-leading
Viewpoint proxy vote management solution, and innovative Meetyl
direct-engagement platform to help drive value across all their governance
activities. Glass Lewis empowers institutional investors that collectively
manage more than $25 trillion to make sound voting decisions at more than
20,000 meetings a year in 100 countries by uncovering and assessing
governance, business, legal, political and accounting risks. Founded in 2003,
Glass Lewis has more than 360 employees worldwide across offices from
headquarters in San Francisco to New York, Washington D.C., Sydney,
Australia, Limerick, Ireland, and Karlsruhe, Germany. More information
available at www.glasslewis.com.

Media Contact:
Martin Lion
mlion@glasslewis.com
P) +1 415-738-4106

About Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics is an independent ESG and corporate governance research,
ratings and analysis firm supporting investors
around the world with the development and implementation of responsible
investment strategies. With 14 offices globally, Sustainalytics partners with
institutional investors who integrate environmental, social and governance
information and assessments into their investment processes. Today, the firm
has 250 staff members, including more than 120 analysts with varied
multidisciplinary expertise of more than 40 sectors. Through the IRRI survey,
investors selected Sustainalytics as the best independent responsible
investment research firm for three consecutive years, 2012 through 2014 and
in 2015, Sustainalytics was named among the top three firms for both ESG and
Corporate Governance research. For more information, visit
www.sustainalytics.com.

Media Contacts:
Sarah Cohn
sarah.cohn@sustainalytics.com

P) +1 646.963.6944

Cheryl Gustitus
cheryl.gustitus@sustainalytics.com

P) +1 212.500.6469

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The issuer of this announcement warrants that they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein.
Source: Sustainalytics via Globenewswire

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