Modern Governance

Diligent Launches Corporate Sentiment Tracker to Gauge Leadership Views on Issues Topping the Corporate Agenda

New tool highlights popular corporate news topics and measures the level of '''positivity''' felt about trending issues such as ESG and climate change

NEW YORK, NY - June 16, 2021 - Diligent Corporation, the global leader in SaaS governance, risk and compliance, today announced the launch of its Corporate Sentiment Tracker. The AI-powered tracker was created by the Diligent Institute, the global corporate governance research arm and think tank of Diligent, to provide insight and sentiment scores on trending news topics and issues such as ESG, diversity, climate change, AI, cryptocurrency, COVID-19 and more.

Enabled by Diligent's Governance Analytics and Insights software solution, the tracker examines external comments and public statements made by leaders of approximately 7,500 public companies that are published in over 56,000 English-language sources. The Corporate Sentiment Tracker assesses whether the statement expresses a positive or negative sentiment, extracts key terms and identifies trending topics.

'Companies benefit greatly from having access to business intelligence and insights, but until now, they didn't have a near real-time way to assess how corporate leaders feel about trending issues,' said Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director of the Diligent Institute. 'The Corporate Sentiment Tracker is a unique and valuable resource that will help corporate leaders, governance researchers and members of the media keep their finger on the pulse of what's trending and how executives are reacting to emerging issues.'

'With the news cycle churning so rapidly, it can be challenging to have a clear picture of how a particular topic is shaping the business landscape,' said Andrew Duchon, Ph.D., Director of Data Science at Diligent. 'The tracker is a first-of-its-kind tool that provides a comprehensive view of what's trending so leaders can have the information they need to make better business decisions while having insight into the general sentiment about the issue across the globe.'

The Corporate Sentiment Tracker, which is interactive and updated continually to ensure the data remains current, enables users to see how a particular topic's sentiment has changed over time and allows them to quickly view related top stories.

About Diligent Institute

Founded in 2018, Diligent Institute serves as the global corporate governance research arm and think tank of Diligent Corporation, the largest SaaS software company in the Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) space.

Diligent Institute seeks to help corporate leaders be more effective by providing cutting-edge insights on corporate governance, by amplifying the voices of diverse corporate leaders, and by sharing broadly all that we are learning about modern governance practices.

About Diligent Corporation

Diligent is the largest governance, risk and compliance (GRC) SaaS provider, serving more than one million users from over 25,000 organizations around the globe. Our modern GRC platform ensures boards, executives and other leaders have a holistic, integrated view of audit, risk, information security, ethics and compliance across the organization.

Diligent brings technology, insights and confidence to leaders so they can build more effective, equitable and successful organizations. We empower 79% of the Fortune 500, 90% of the FTSE 100 and 83% of the ASX 200 to improve their bottom line, keep pace with stakeholder expectations and create lasting, positive impact on the world.

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