When conducting pay-for-performance evaluations, many shareholders and the large proxy advisory firms, e.g., Institutional Investor Services and Glass Lewis, commonly rely on pay figures based on Summary Compensation Table (SCT), representing the value of compensation earned or stock granted during the fiscal year.
SCT-reported values may be appropriate for base salary and earned short-term incentives.
However, the use of grant-date values of long-term incentive awards (typically, the largest component of pay for proxy-named executives) is often criticized as inappropriate; the principal argument being that unlike cash elements, these values rarely account for the effect of company performance and stock price.
In response, companies have begun including supplementary disclosures using a variety of definitions, including “realizable pay” or “realized pay.”
In fact, several hundred companies have voluntarily included this information in proxy filings.
In an effort to encourage consistency in disclosures – and inform the actions of the SEC – The Conference Board established the Alternative Pay Disclosure Working Group (“Working Group”).
The Working Group is focused on developing definitions of pay that reflect the company performance and Pay Governance has been privileged to be part of this important Conference Board initiative.
Additional information about the Alternative Pay Disclosure Working Group and its recent work can be found at:
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