The EQ questionnaire is jointly developed by our internal team of legal and compliance professionals and our Methodology Advisory Panel. Advisory Panel members include leading experts from the fields of law, corporate reputation, corporate ethics, governance, and anti-corruption.
We review the questionnaire annually to ensure that it aligns with the ever-changing expectations of employees, managers, shareholders, regulators and the public at large. In 2015, the questionnaire was significantly revised across each assessment category, and in 2016 we made substantial additions in the areas of data privacy, cyber security and assessing an organization’s ethical culture. For 2017, we placed an increased focus on diversity at the board and executive levels, ethics and compliance program structure (based on recent guidance from regulators), and how companies are evaluating their compliance and ethics programs. The updates for 2019 were extensive throughout all areas of the questionnaire. For 2020, updates focus on clarifying and improving upon existing questions.