Farient Briefings: A New View of Stakeholder Incentives

March 26, 2024

A New View of Stakeholder Incentives

The trend continues for a fourth consecutive year. New Farient research shows the link between corporate performance on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives and executive compensation remains strong. Analyzed are large-, mid-, and small-cap company practices in the U.S. and the linkage between stakeholder incentives and pay for large companies on five continents.

A Sign of the Times: Starbucks Drops ‘DEI,’ Favors ‘Talent’

Starbucks’ shareholders voted overwhelmingly to approve new executive compensation plans that would omit diversity and sustainability goals from short-term incentive plans for top leaders. While the global coffee purveyor de-emphasized DEI in its short-term goals, it elevated “talent” in its long-term incentive (LTI) plan.

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What Does the Future Hold for SEC Rule Making?—Directors & Boards

Under Chair Gary Gensler, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has embarked on an unprecedented streak of rulemaking around issues such as climate, cybersecurity, human capital, and executive compensation—all of which will impact boards. In this Q&A with Directors & Boards, Farient ESG Leader Brian Bueno delves into the SEC’s agenda for 2024 and offers six recommendations for boards as they prepare for the incoming rush of rules.

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More Companies Tying Executive Compensation to ESG Metrics—Pensions & Investments

Despite backlash, companies increased their use of ESG metrics in executive pay last year. Pensions & Investments’ Hazel Bradford is the first to report on the findings of this year’s annual report from Farient and our partners in the Global Governance and Executive Compensation (GECN) Group. This held true for companies of all sizes, including large-, mid-, and small-cap companies. This article in Pensions & Investments discusses the research findings and the story they tell about the persistence of stakeholder issues when it comes to executive pay.


Where to Find Us

National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)

Leading Minds of Governance
The Buckhead Club, Atlanta
April 18, 2024

For more information and to join us, please contact us at info@farient.com.


About Farient Advisors 

Farient Advisors LLC is an independent premier executive compensation, performance, and corporate governance consultancy. Farient provides a full array of services, linking business strategy to compensation through a tailored, analytically rigorous, and collaborative approach. Farient has locations in Los Angeles, New York, Louisville, and London and works with clients globally through its partnership in the Global Governance and Executive Compensation (GECN) Group. Farient is a certified diverse company and is recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.


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