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Executive Compensation under Covid: What to Look for in the 2021 Proxy Season

Executive Compensation under Covid: What to Look for in the 2021 Proxy SeasonDownload PDF

As of March 26 in the 2021 proxy season, 3.5% of the Russell 3000 companies had had a “no” vote in “say-on-pay” resolutions, a jump from last year’s rate of 1.4%. Say on Pay failures are even higher to date among the larger S&P 500 companies including Starbucks, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Acuity Brands.

It is still early days, but proxy advisors and investors seem to be questioning the pay-performance connection at a higher number of companies. They must decide whether each company’s compensation actions, in their unique context including the experience of employees and other stakeholders, were fair and well-constructed to ensure sustained overall performance over time.

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