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Farient Briefings June 2024: What to Read, Watch, Listen to

What to Read, Watch, Listen to   Our annual summer feature returns. Farient colleagues and a plethora of “best” lists were consulted to arrive at this wide-ranging selection of binge-worthy books, films or series, and podcasts. From Sigrid Nunez’s The Vulnerables to the return of Serial to opulent period dramas,…

Read More > 06.11.2024

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Our Annual Roundup of What to Read, Watch, and Listen to

Cue up George Gershwin’s Summertime and read our third annual installment of what to read, watch, and listen to, a rich blend of books, film, and podcast recommendations. This year’s approach was to consult our savviest colleagues and the many “best of” lists. The result? A broad…

Read More > 06.11.2024

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Watch, Listen, Learn: Tesla’s Precedent-Setting ASM

Shareholders at Tesla’s annual meeting this week will vote anew on whether to approve Elon Musk’s 2018 performance-based compensation package. The package was revoked in April after a bench trial in Delaware Chancery Court. In the aftermath of Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick’s decision, Musk vowed to…

Read More > 06.11.2024

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Farient Email May

Farient Briefings May 2024: The Impressive Rise of Climate Goals in Executive Compensation

The Impressive Rise of Climate Goals in Executive Compensation   Commitment to goals matters. A case study on Mastercard’s stakeholder incentives shows the extension of an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) modifier to all employee bonus plans globally—i.e., not just for executives. The expansion in 2022 was intended to encourage…

Read More > 05.29.2024

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The Impressive Rise of Climate Goals in Executive Compensation

Commitment to goals matters. A case study on Mastercard’s stakeholder incentives shows the extension of an environmental, social, and governance (ESG) modifier to all employee bonus plans globally—i.e., not just for executives. The expansion in 2022 was intended to encourage everyone to work together toward a common set of goals.

Read More > 05.28.2024

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The Week in GRC—Governance Intelligence

Elon Musk’s Tesla pay package may have helped other executives by raising the compensation threshold. “We’ve called them moonshot awards—awards with huge potential values that executives can earn if they meet their targets,” said Brian Bueno, ESG Leader at Farient, in a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal’s Theo…

Read More > 05.28.2024

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Musk Effect Drives Spread of Supersize CEO Pay Packages—Wall Street Journal

Farient ESG Leader, Brian Bueno, discusses the rise in “moonshot awards” for Elon Musk and other high-profile CEOs. Tesla’s 2018 CEO compensation package aroused controversy over its sheer size, but it’s among many examples of such “moonshot awards” that hold out the promise of huge payouts for meeting specific performance…

Read More > 05.20.2024

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Caps Off to Devon Furlong

Among the 2024 graduating class of Columbia’s MBA program is Farient Advisors’ Devon Furlong. Farient Founder and CEO Robin A. Ferracone applauded Furlong’s achievement and commended her for taking advantage of Farient’s educational program, which matches dollar for dollar the cost of an MBA: “This is…

Read More > 05.20.2024

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Farient Email May

Farient Briefings May 2024: Comp Committees’ Remit Stretches Oversight Boundaries

Beyond Pay: Comp Committees’ Remit Stretches Oversight Boundaries   It’s no longer just about pay. In the ever-evolving corporate governance landscape, the remit of compensation committees is at a tipping point, says Farient Partner and COO RJ Bannister. In this interview, Bannister expands on the operational skills, practices,…

Read More > 05.15.2024

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Beyond Pay: Comp Committees’ Remit Stretches Oversight Boundaries

It’s no longer just about pay. In the ever-evolving corporate governance landscape, the remit of compensation committees is at a tipping point. So says RJ Bannister, partner and COO at Farient Advisors, a compensation and corporate governance advisor with deep roots in how the work of compensation committees gets done.

Read More > 05.15.2024

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DEI is getting a new name. Can it dump the political baggage?—Washington Post

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) as a corporate mission has been in retreat due to political backlash. Now companies seem to be doing more re-phrasing than reconsideration. In this Washington Post article, Farient’s ESG Leader Brian Bueno cites as an example, Starbucks, where DEI metrics in executive pay have been…

Read More > 05.06.2024

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Dropping a term but not the mission—Reuters Sustainable Finance

The “anti-woke” backlash against corporate ESG initiatives has caused a shift in terminology, but not overall direction. So found the “2024 Global Trends in Stakeholder Incentives: What’s Next?” report conducted by Farient and its partners in the Global Governance and Executive Compensation (GECN) Group. In this…

Read More > 05.02.2024

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