Value From Human Factors

Determine how much financial value human factors are contributing to your company´s total financial worth

It sounds obvious: People are the source of value in companies and countries. However, in most calculations of company value, the real financial impact of human factors is not covered. Solid human processes, such as training, good governance or an effective corporate culture, are not factored into valuations of companies. This proprietary M&E method, which has been successfully applied to hundreds of companies, adjusts the risk rates (discount rates) of companies to arrive at a much more accurate valuation of a company. Companies with good human processes mitigate risk and raise their value.

M&E has applied the same method to projects and countries. It is used by department heads to justify budgets, by top executives to demonstrate the financial impacts of policies, and by investors to more accurately value their investments.

Corporate meltdowns such as Lehman demonstrated that most risk is below the shiny surface of what companies present, deeply submerged in human processes. In fact, M&E quantitative research has revealed that risk rates (discount and country risk rates) are way off. Equity and debt investors are thus miscalculating the value of their investments and projects.

The M&E Value From Human Factors method uses a sophisticated proprietary quantitative model calculate a more accurate discount or risk rate. It is based on past performance and the strength of governance and operational systems, which give it a forward looking dimension. The method has been used to calculate the risk of nearly 300 companies worldwide and is used in the two M&E indexes, the Brazil Stars Index (a joint venture with LatinFinance) and the Hong Kong Stars Index (a joint venture with BDO Financial). Both indexes have strongly outperformed their benchmarks.

This M&E rating method was first launched and published in 2003 in leading media such as the Global Edition of Time Magazine (worldwide circulation 4 million), The Economist and Bloomberg TV New York. Hundreds of companies have since been assessed and rated using the M&E

Why Client Companies Use the M&E Value From Human Factors Method

  • To demonstrate the financial impacts of policies and strategies
  • To justify investments and budgets
  • To more accurately value investments and discount cash flows
  • To identify hidden risks and turn them into value drivers
  • To avoid governance crises, fines by regulators and drops in stock price
  • To reduce legal risk

Dimensions covered

  • Compliance with best practices: Checks the compliance with hundreds of governance and sustainable management standards relevant to your company, sector and country
  • Financial/management performance: Uses M&E ratios which relate management investments to financial performance such as Return on Management, Return on Training, Litigation Risk, and many more
  • Strategic performance: Quantifies strategic performance
  • Risk: Measures the volatility in Financial/management performance

For each project, the critieria are adjusted to your country, sector and phase in your company´s development.

How the M&E Value From Human Factors Works

The entire rating process lasts between 3 and six weeks and consists of three stages:


  1. Desk Research: M&E researches your company, referring to public sources, such as your annual report, S&P rating reports and media coverage. The result of this stage is to develop and present a customized criteria list which will be used for the rating.
  2. Onsite interviews: Interviews with key executives are necessary to understand your strategy and corporate culture. We may request additional information.
  3. Calculation and final report: Based on the current and historic information and data we collected , we calculate the final score, management value and rating grade. Unlike most ratings, the final phase is purely quantitative. We submit and personally present a detailed final report revealing your detailed strengths and weaknesses, as well as practical recommendations .

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Value From Human Factors

M&E is one of the only companies able to quantify the impact of human processes in companies and countries, and relate it to their risk levels and values. By how much will pilot training impact the financial value of an airline? How much is good governance worth in Dollars? By how much will a country´s educational level impact its risk level and thus the value of projects in this country?


SMART ROI ™ (trademark in the USA) and ROS® (trademark in all other markets) accurately calculates and raises the Return on Investment of human capital and governance processes of all kinds, ranging from employee training to corporate culture, governance, IR, certification, marketing and CSR. SMART ROI™ / ROS® is a registered trademark used on over 130 clients projects with a total volume of $5 billion.

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