Glass Lewis Publishes Greening the Green 2014: Linking Compensation to Sustainability
Executive compensation has arguably been the most controversial issue facing companies over the last several years. Through say on pay votes, investors have gained tremendous influence over the pay packages awarded to senior executives. A major focus of investors has been ensuring that executives are paid for long-term performance and that compensation plans are designed accordingly. At the same time, there has also been a surge of awareness around the importance of sustainability issues. These two hot topics – executive compensation and sustainability – are converging into one conversation. Glass Lewis’ Greening the Green provides the data, analysis and context for investors to further examine this area.
Since 2010, Glass Lewis has reviewed this trend globally. We have noted a significant increase in the number of companies linking compensation to sustainability; in 2014, approximately 40% of all companies reviewed provided a link, a noteworthy increase from 2010 when only 29% of companies provided such a link.
Greening the Green discusses the strength and types of these reported links as well as potential reasons for the increase in the prevalence. In addition to our global analysis, we also take an in-depth look at companies the United States, EPA fines as well as the level of board oversight afforded to sustainability issues at S&P 100 companies.
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