KLD Research & Analytics added screens for political accountability, transparency, accounting controversies and U.S. corporate tax disputes to its corporate governance and community screens, the investment research company announced today.
KLD's political accountability screens concern "whether or not companies are transparent in their direct and indirect involvement in state- or federal-level U.S. politics or non-U.S. politics," according to a KLD statement. "It also considers the stances companies take on various public policy debates."
Transparency issues will assess "whether or not a company is strong in its reporting on a wide range of social and environmental performance measures" and will track accounting controversies, the statement added. KLD's coverage of local, state and federal tax controversies will provide insight into a company's relations with the communities in which it operates.