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ESG activists see executive pay as tool for raising standards – Financial Times

As ESG activists and investors seek to hold companies accountable on issues like climate, diversity, equity and inclusion, and human rights, they are increasingly using a crucial tool: executive compensation. This Financial Times article, which quotes Farient ESG Leader Brian Bueno, explores the trend and how it is taking shape…

Read More > 09.20.2022

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New SEC rule could shed some light on executive pay – Pensions & Investments

A new SEC rule on Pay vs. Performance disclosure, a delayed part of the decade-old Dodd-Frank act, requires companies to report on whether executive compensation is appropriately linked with company performance. According to Farient’s Marc Hodak, however, the rule could lead investors to become misinformed about…

Read More > 09.19.2022

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More Executives Could See Their Compensation Tied to ESG Goals if SEC Finalizes Climate Disclosure Rules – Reuters

With the US Securities and Exchange Commission set to finalize a rule on climate disclosure this Fall, we may be looking at a shift in prevalence and specificity around ESG goals becoming tied to executive compensation, says Farient’s Brian Bueno in this Reuters article. With more…

Read More > 09.19.2022

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ESG Measures Are Gaining Prominence in Executive Compensations Plans – Directors & Boards

Despite some recent pushback, signs point to a continued emphasis on sustainability issues for investors, including tying ESG measures to executive pay, says Farient’s Brian Bueno. In this Q&A with Directors & Boards, Brian discusses the emerging and ongoing trends in this space and what boards…

Read More > 09.19.2022

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San Diego CEOs Ring Up Hefty Pay Gains Driven by Stock Compensation – San Diego Union-Tribune

CEO pay packages for companies in San Diego increased substantially in 2021 – driven by CEO stock options amid a surging equity market as the COVID-19 pandemic abated. In this article by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Farient’s Dayna Harris discusses why stock options remain popular despite falling out of…

Read More > 08.29.2022

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Companies Swallow $2.1 Billion in Taxes as Executive Pay Climbs – The Wall Street Journal

The ending of tax breaks for executive compensation in 2017 has led to spiraling tax bills for corporations, according to this Wall Street Journal article. But Farient CEO and founder Robin Ferracone, quoted within, says this is a “drop in the bucket” for companies as they navigate a competitive…

Read More > 07.22.2022

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NACD BoardTalk – How Compensation Committees Are Battling Uncertainty, Talent Woes

How are compensation committees addressing economic uncertainty and the fierce competition to attract and retain top executive talent? This question was the topic of an NACD event earlier this year featuring Lori Miller, Partner at Farient Advisors, and other esteemed experts in executive compensation. Lori discussed how committees are…

Read More > 07.22.2022

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Agenda – Investors Scrutinize ESG-Linked Pay, and Some Say No Way

As more environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals have been linked to executive pay, investors have become more likely to closely examine pay packages that may involve “greenwashing” – potentially misleading information on these issues. In this Agenda article that cites recent examples, Farient data on Say-on-Pay votes is…

Read More > 07.19.2022

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Pensions & Investments – Investors push companies for specific ESG actions

This year’s proxy season has seen a notable jump in low Say-on-Pay votes. According to Farient data, the percentage of companies receiving less than 90% support for executive pay proposals increased to 30.2%, up from 17.9% in 2018. In this Pensions & Investments article, which focuses on how investor concerns…

Read More > 07.06.2022

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Agenda – Director Support Drops After So-So Say-on-Pay Votes

Investors who repeatedly express dissatisfaction over pay-for-performance alignment are beginning to vote against directors, according to this article in Agenda which cites Farient data and Eric Hoffmann, who leads the Farient Information Services and the Data Analytics Team (DAT). The likelihood of investors turning against directors increases dramatically after…

Read More > 06.28.2022

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Financial Times – US investors rebel against high executive pay

This year’s proxy season has seen a significant decline in support for compensation packages in Say on Pay votes, highlighting investor dissatisfaction with record high executive pay in the U.S. This Financial Times article, which uses Farient data to explore the trend, discusses the reasons for and implications of…

Read More > 06.06.2022

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S&P Global – Why Voluntary CEO Pay Cuts, While Largely Symbolic, Matter in ESG Context

CEOs and management teams at dozens of companies around the world are taking voluntary pay cuts as their companies lay off workers to cope with the revenue hit from the coronavirus pandemic.

Read More > 06.03.2022

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