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2015-03-31

Sustainalytics: Sustainalytics Launches New Corporate Governance Research & Ratings Products

Firm Provides Institutional Investors With Unique, Differentiated Assessment
of Corporate Governance-Related Investment Risk

TORONTO, March 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --Sustainalytics, a leading provider
of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and analysis, today
launched the first products within its new corporate governance research and
ratings product suite. By tying companies' corporate governance practices and
boardroom decisions to its ability to execute on its business strategy,
Sustainalytics' new corporate governance research suite is intended to
support global asset owners and asset managers with investment
decision-making, portfolio analytics, policy formulation, engagement
activities, proxy voting and other investment processes.

"Corporate governance as a material investment risk factor is widely embraced
by mainstream investors, yet most corporate governance research today is
either data-centric with little contextual insight or is produced for the
purpose of a single point in time annual proxy vote," said Sustainalytics'
Chief Executive Officer Michael Jantzi. "Our focus, similar to the way in
which we analyze ESG-related investment risk, is on corporate governance as
an integral part of the entire investment process. We look through an
investor lens to assess whether a company's corporate governance practices
are adding to or detracting from its ability to execute on its business
strategy. We offer an opinion about whether or not the company is a good
long-term steward of investors' capital."

By monitoring companies year-round and assessing governance investment risks
and opportunities, Sustainalytics enables investors to determine how
companies' corporate governance practices may impact shareholders. The first
two research products launched today are based on six governance key issue
areas, including board integrity and performance, board structure,
shareholder rights, remuneration, financial reporting and stakeholder
governance, and are underpinned by approximately 50 material corporate
governance indicators.

* Corporate Governance Insightsare timely, brief reports that capture
real-time corporate governance-related events or incidents that may have an
investor impact. The Insights are generated based on triggering events,
such as key changes to executive personnel, material M&A transactions,
changes to compensation programs, financial reporting irregularities, or
changes to shareholder rights. The Insights are accompanied by a
comprehensive Corporate Governance Company Report.
* Corporate Governance Company Reportsprovide comprehensive corporate
governance information and analysis on a global universe of over 4000
companies, together with ongoing monitoring of this universe for key
governance events. The Reports are intended to help investors understand a
company's governance practices and decision-making across a full-range of
corporate governance issues, and are updated annually and anytime a
material incident occurs.

"Our goal is to help institutional investors connect a company's actual
corporate governance structures and behaviours with its underlying business
drivers," said Sustainalytics' Director of Corporate Governance Research Gary
Hewitt. "We are going beyond simply providing standard positive and negative
indicators and ratings, and instead sharing meaningful analyst insights that
assess the effects a company's corporate governance practices have on
investors."

In late 2015, Sustainalytics will introduce itsCorporate Governance Risk Radar

, which is a heat map-based signaling product intended for front-end
screening, portfolio monitoring, and benchmarking.

While Sustainalytics' Corporate Governance research and ratings are produced
separately from the Firm's traditional ESG research, the two product sets are
designed to consider some appropriate overlapping key issue areas, while
providing independent perspectives.

To learn more about Sustainalytics' Corporate Governance products, please
clickhere.

About Sustainalytics

Headquartered in Amsterdam, Sustainalytics is an independent ESG research and
analysis firm supporting investors around the world with the development and
implementation of responsible investment strategies. With 13 offices
globally, Sustainalytics partners with institutional investors who integrate
environmental, social and governance information and assessments into their
investment decisions. Today, the firm has over 200 staff members, including
more than 100 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise of more than
40 industries. For the past three years, Sustainalytics was voted best
independent responsible investment research firm in Extel's IRRI survey. For
more information, visitwww.sustainalytics.com.

CONTACT: Media Contacts:
Sarah Cohn, Director of Marketing
sarah.cohn@sustainalytics.com
P) +1 646.963.6944

Melissa Chase, Marketing Specialist
melissa.chase@sustainalytics.com
P) +1 647.317.3646

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This announcement is distributed by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions on behalf of NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions clients.
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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