Case | HBS Case Collection | July 2009 (Revised June 2011)

RiskMetrics Group

by Jay W. Lorsch and Kaitlyn Simpson

Abstract

RiskMetrics Group, a risk and governance consultancy, had a great deal of influence on U.S. companies. This case examines the history and growth of the company, the governance services it offers, the extent of its impact on shareholders, the controversy surrounding its conflicts of interest, and the impact it has had on directors.

Keywords: Conflict of Interests; Risk Management; Governing and Advisory Boards; Corporate Governance; Power and Influence; Consulting Industry; United States;

Citation:

Lorsch, Jay W., and Kaitlyn Simpson. "RiskMetrics Group." Harvard Business School Case 410-008, July 2009. (Revised June 2011.)