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Five-Year ESG LTI Award Tied to Performance Goals

  Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL) is a leading global water technology company with 2021 revenue of $5.2 billion and some 17,300 employees worldwide. Xylem designs, manufactures, and services highly engineered products and solutions across a wide variety of critical applications, primarily in the water sector and also in energy. In its…

Read More > 04.11.2022

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2022 Farient Global Research Shows Different Measures of Stakeholder Value

Resources are dwindling. From the inadvertent to the deliberate exploitation of climate, people, and the law, business globally is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Around the world, investors are pressuring boards and management for greater accountability. Meanwhile, other stakeholders, including employees and the communities in which businesses operate, are demanding that…

Read More > 03.31.2022

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New Modifier Fits the ESG Bill

Though Aflac has had a board sustainability committee since 2012, the insurer had not tied sustainability goals to its compensation plan until 2021 and, specifically, not until after shareholders expressed their desire to have ESG goals tied to business strategy and compensation. In 2021, Aflac introduced an ESG modifier…

Read More > 03.31.2022

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Path to a Sustainable Future Detailed

Dow continues to raise the bar on sustainability and environmental goals since it published its first Sustainability Report in 2003. In 2020, Dow built on its 2025 sustainability goals by announcing its intent to be carbon neutral by 2050 and requiring 100% of Dow products sold into packaging applications…

Read More > 03.30.2022

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Environmental Metrics Enhance 2022 Short-term Incentive Plan

  NRG Energy’s 2021 annual incentive plan (AIP) was designed to compensate its named executive officers (NEOs) for meeting annual individual and company financial and non-financial goals. In terms of ESG-based metrics, 10% of the AIP award was tied to its “customer focus index,” which measures the satisfaction of…

Read More > 03.30.2022

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Shopping Center REIT Introduces ESG Scorecard with Few Specifics

  Regency Centers Corp. (NASDAQ:REG) is one of the largest developers and operators of upscale open-air shopping centers with grocery stores as anchor tenants in the United States. As of the end of 2021, the real estate investment trust (REIT) owned 405 properties comprising 51.2 million square…

Read More > 03.30.2022

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Farient Advisors Announces Appointment of Brian Bueno as ESG Leader

Farient Advisors (Farient), a leading independent executive compensation, performance and corporate governance consultancy, today announced the appointment of Brian Bueno as Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Leader. This appointment comes as investors increasingly push boards to incorporate ESG metrics and goals into executive pay plans, as new research from…

Read More > 03.29.2022


Newsletter: New Global Research Shows Different Paths to Stakeholder Value

View the Newsletter via the link below: New Global Research Shows Different Paths to Stakeholder Value Tweet…

Read More > 03.27.2022


Interview—From Best to Worst: ‘Madam Chair’ CEO Alicia Syrett and Farient CEO Robin Ferracone Talk Comp Committee Landscape

In the following interview, I dialogue with esteemed investor and experienced public company board chair Alicia Syrett. She is the CEO of the early-stage investment vehicle Pantegrion Capital (its name is a combination of passion and integrity). She is also the founder of Madam Chair, a…

Read More > 03.23.2022

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ESG Measures Added to CEO Short and Long-term Pay Plans

  As part of his 2020 individual performance assessment, Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson was rewarded for “shaping and clarifying Starbucks long-term strategy as it relates to environmental, social, and corporate governance goals by elevating our ‘social impact agenda’ to a new model.” The results of that work were clearly on…

Read More > 03.22.2022


Governance Matters – Taking a Successful Approach to Executive Pay in M&A

With 2022 shaping up to be a boom year for M&A, boards need to make sure they are paying attention to an often neglected but make-or-break part of the dealmaking process: compensation. In episode 7 of Corporate Secretary’s “Governance Matters” podcast, Farient Founder and CEO Robin Ferracone speaks with host…

Read More > 03.18.2022

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Agenda – Not a Blip – Investors Continue to Downvote Pay Plans

Early say-on-pay votes for this year show investors are continuing to be critical of executive compensation packages at S&P 500 companies. Investors want companies to engage with them and consider their concerns about pay and performance alignment, said experts. In the first two months of the year, about a quarter…

Read More > 03.14.2022

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