ESG Metrics in Incentive Compensation

Pay Governance has a new report on ESG metrics in incentive compensation. The full report is below. Highlights: In 2020, 22% of survey respondent companies indicated they included ESG metrics in their incentive compensation plans; for 2021, 29% of companies reported they have incorporated ESG metrics in their incentive plans while 21% of companies indicated…

Should You Reward Your CEO with Stock Options?

When Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg was ousted from the company for his mismanagement of the 737 Max crisis, he left with stock options worth at least a net $18.5 million. At the same time, Boeing’s shareholders took a beating, with the stock losing 25% of its value. Muilenburg, in other words, left with a big…

Investors Want ESG Targets in CEO Pay

From Veritas The investor landscape around ESG (Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance) metrics in executive compensation programs is quickly evolving as institutions are pressured to set stricter, and more public, policies covering this formerly niche area, rating agencies are increasingly reporting on the use of ESG executive compensation metrics, and there are a growing number…

Comp Committees Lower Performance Benchmarks to Award Bonuses

According to Veritas Executive Compensation Consultants: Although most companies have seen their operating plans upended by the Covid-19 pandemic, compensation committees have largely declined to announce changes in the midst of the crisis to annual incentive plans for the year. Now, however, as the impact of the pandemic is coming into focus, some companies are…

Redesigning Corporations: Incentives Matter

In the 21st century, capital is so much easier to raise that we should no longer have to sacrifice other public goods or the collective common interest in order to facilitate fund-raising. Our corporate laws should reflect this fact, but do not. With the “free” tailwind of today’s easy capital-raising, corporations have become massive in…

Pay Ratio, Proxy Disclosure and Say on Pay Data from Shareholder Value Advisors

A webinar hosted by Stephen F. O’Byrne of Shareholder Value Advisors, revealed the meaningful and material link between compensation and shareholder value, the missing metric, and what the data show: Average employee pay can provide great insight on the alignment of employee pay with management pay and shareholder value but the required analysis goes far…

Will Comp Committees Factor in ESG?

At the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Don Delves, Robert Newbury, Ryan Resch, of compensation consultants Willis Towers Watson write about efforts to factor in ESG goals in incentive compensation. Since we have said that our evaluation of the new focus on stakeholders will depend in part on how pay…