April 29, 2021

Reuters – Wells Fargo scores the latest narrow win for CEO pay

Wells Fargo & Co’s (WFC.N) executive pay plan for 2020 received backing from only about 57% of investor votes on Tuesday, a narrow win for the company and the latest evidence of tougher scrutiny shareholders have put on CEO compensation this year.

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April 29, 2021

Reuters – How a sweetheart deal gives GameStop CEO a $179 million goodbye gift

Gamestop Corp chief executive George Sherman can step down this summer with a $179 million windfall that dwarfs CEO salaries at many larger corporations thanks to a sweetheart deal that was turbocharged by this year’s furious meme stock rally, compensation experts said.

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April 29, 2021

Pensions and Investments – Move to link exec pay to ESG integration growing

Now in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic, investors are raising expectations about companies’ responses to highlighted ESG issues such as diversity and, increasingly, connecting that to executive compensation.

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April 12, 2021

Agenda – ESG Metrics ‘Biggest Change to Comp Plans in Decades’

Chipotle Mexican Grill is one of several companies to introduce new environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals tied to top officers’ annual incentive compensation in the lead-up to this proxy season. At Chipotle, the goals relate to food and animals, people and the environment and will account for 10% of executive bonuses starting this year.

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April 9, 2021

Agenda – Pay Ratios Poised for More Scrutiny This Proxy Season

So far, median pay ratios at early-filing companies in the S&P 500 vary by industry, according to data from Farient Advisors. While the majority of companies have yet to file 2020 proxies, the materials sector and the consumer discretionary sectors have so far seen the biggest increases in pay ratios, with respective increases of 75% and 70% from 2019. Median information technology and health care sectors also saw respective increases of 43% and 17% from 2019. Median pay ratios declined 17% in the energy sector and 11% in the financial services sector.

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