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What Happens When Proxy Advisors Say No To Executive Compensation?

Executive Summary Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recommendations have more influence on Say on Pay votes than Glass Lewis (GL)  ISS and GL provide consistent recommendations for Say on Pay (either both For or both Against) 88 percent of the time for companies in the S&P 500. This pattern is similar…

Read More > 02.18.2022

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Agenda – Investors Ire Lingers Over Covid-Related Exec Pay Bumps

Investors are assessing whether companies that got pushback on say on pay in 2021 have adjusted the compensation for top bosses this year in response, according to market watchers. At issue, 35 S&P 500 companies or 7.5% received less than 70% investors’ support for say-on-pay votes last year, according…

Read More > 01.31.2022


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January 2022: How Directors Can Link Stakeholder Incentives to Climate Goals

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Read More > 01.27.2022

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Agenda – How to Tie Executive Pay to ESG Performance

Agenda – How to Tie Executive Pay to ESG Performance Join Farient Advisors founder and CEO Robin Ferracone for this Agenda Education webcast on February 4, 2022. She will be discussing how companies can effectively tie executive pay to concrete ESG metrics in an era of unprecedented investor pressure…

Read More > 01.26.2022

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Agenda – SEC Guidance on Exec Comp Puts More Pressure on Boards

Companies set to give stock option awards to executives ahead of a significant corporate announcement should take notice of new guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that additional disclosures are needed in such cases. The announcement puts further pressure on boards and directors to be transparent…

Read More > 01.18.2022

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Reuters – Like it or Not, Dodd-Frank Clawback Rule Coming

The SEC under the leadership of Chair Gary Gensler is expected to move forward with unfinished Dodd-Frank executive compensation rules, including so-called clawback rules. “The Biden administration probably believes that this is the least invasive and probably shareholder-friendly adoption of the proposal that they can make, given that many companies…

Read More > 01.12.2022

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NACD – Directors Grapple with Tying Incentives to Climate Goals Under Mounting Investor Pressure

In the fall of 2021, NACD, with co-founding partner Farient Advisors and Weil, Gotshal & Manges, brought together compensation committee chairs from Fortune 500 companies to discuss investors’ increasing demands for compensation committees to tie pay and performance metrics to climate goals. “According to a study by Farient Advisors and…

Read More > 01.04.2022


December 2021: Powering Business Away From Climate Change

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Read More > 12.27.2021

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NACD – Governance Leaders Discuss Diversity, Innovation as They Look to 2022

Reflecting on the past year and preparing for a new one filled with novel challenges regarding strategy; innovation; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and more, NACD gathered directors and governance experts last month to discuss the topics that are top of mind for boards. Dan Mayfield, a partner at…

Read More > 12.14.2021


Interview: Powering Business Away From Climate Risk

Recently, Farient Partner Dayna Harris had a chance to participate on a National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD) Climate Risk panel with Britt Ide. Britt is on the boards of NorthWestern Energy.

Read More > 12.07.2021


November 2021: Beyond the Headlines – Executive Pay in the Pandemic Year

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Read More > 11.27.2021


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Beyond the Headlines – Executive Pay in the Pandemic Year

Executive Summary 2020 was a strong year for investors, following very robust equity returns in 2019 Compensation decisions are made early in the fiscal year. For 2020 this meant compensation decisions were made prior to understanding the impact of COVID-19 Because short-term incentive (STI) plans are awarded for past performance,…

Read More > 11.16.2021

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