ISS-Ethix's Pooled Engagement service focuses on companies that are assessed under Norm-Based Screening to face alleged or verified severe, systematic or systemic violations of international norms. Engagement under the service is preceded by in-depth research and fact-finding dialogue with companies and stakeholders. Through a feasibility study ISS-Ethix identifies gaps in company disclosure and whether the desired level of disclosure can be achieved through investor dialogue. Influential factors include the company's perceived level of responsibility, steps it has taken to mitigate the possibility of a norm-violation and availability of both stakeholder and expert sources to facilitate constructive dialogue.
As Pooled Engagement is rooted in an assessment of company responsiveness to ongoing controversies carried out under Norm-Based Screening, it allows investors to voice concerns in a timely manner. This increases their possibilities to influence and provides concrete opportunities for companies to address the identified issues.