With the vast majority of annual meetings set to be held in the coming weeks, the contours of the 2018 proxy season are coming into focus. While previous years are remembered for defining initiatives — “say on pay” in 2011, proxy access in 2015 and 2016 and majority support for climate change resolutions last year — 2018 is likely to be shaped by investors’ focus on board accountability.
From board diversity and employee gender pay equity to corporate culture and the environment, investors are signaling through public communication, engagement and votes that their priorities for generating long-term value creation are … Read more
On December 14, ISS released its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents on U.S. Compensation Policies and U.S. Equity Compensation Plans as well as a whitepaper on Pay-for-Performance Mechanics designed to help stakeholders understand upcoming changes to its compensation-related methodologies. These documents are ISS’s final, and more fulsome, description of the methodological changes previewed in its preliminary FAQs document which was released in November. All changes will be effective for annual meetings on or after February 1, 2018.
ISS announced two key changes to its methodology for 2018. First, ISS modified its quantitative pay-for-performance screen, most notably by adding a new … Read more
On September 21, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued guidance on the implementation of the Pay Ratio disclosure requirement as well as separate guidance from SEC staff concerning the use of sampling and other methodologies. Concurrently, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued revised Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) related to implementing the new requirement.
While many issuers have been preparing to disclose a pay ratio in 2018, these documents put to rest any questions regarding whether the SEC may take action to materially delay or discard the requirement before the coming proxy season. This … Read more