Oil giant BP, which last year lost its advisory vote on its remuneration report at its AGM, has reduced the pay of its chief executive, Bob Dudley, and will propose a simpler pay policy to shareholders at this year’s meeting on 17th May.… Read the rest
An outcry from politicians and the public has forced Canadian train and aeroplane manufacturer Bombardier to back track on planned pay rises for executives after it had announced job losses and accepted a loan from its government.
Following the release of the notice of its annual general meeting in May and its annual disclosure of executive remuneration there were public protests outside the Bombardier headquarters in Quebec against the pay rises.… Read the rest
WPP, whose chief executive Sir Martin Sorrell last year caused headlines for a £70m pay package, has announced its final investment performance figures for its controversial long term incentive scheme, LEAP.
The WPP figures show that Sir Martin Sorrell would receive £41.5m from the LEAP scheme for 2016 – compared with their value of 20.69m when the shares were granted in 2012.… Read the rest
More evidence of board gender diversity challenges were recently revealed, this time in Singapore. Female directors at companies listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) are paid 56.8% of male directors’ remuneration on average indicating a 43.2% pay gap according to research by the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Business School.… Read the rest
Travel company, Thomas Cook received a warning on pay this week at its AGM when the voting results showed that some investors at starting to take a joined up approach to remuneration-related voting. This is a signal to all companies seeking approval for their remuneration policies and new incentive plans this year that shareholders do not want the potential for excessive awards under these schemes.… Read the rest
The Church Investors Group (CIG) has written to all FTSE 350 company secretaries outlining its revised voting policy for 2017 which includes a tough stance on executive pay. The CIG brings together the major church-based institutional investors and with their combined assets of approximately £ 17 billion aims to increase their impact through the joint voting policy.… Read the rest
Despite attempts at investor engagement, tobacco firm Imperial Brands has withdrawn the resolution amending its policy at its AGM next week (1st February). The company said that that the decision followed consultations with shareholders, and that the existing policy approved by shareholders at its 2015 AGM will continue to apply.… Read the rest
The UK’s Pension’s and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has advised its pension fund members to act more strongly on executive pay. It is advising funds oppose the re-election of the remuneration committee chair as a company director if they decide as shareholders to vote against a company’s remuneration policy.… Read the rest
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s opposition Labour Party has outlined his party’s agenda for governance reform focusing on CEO pay ratios. In a speech in Peterborough last week (10th January) Corbyn added his voice to the current debate surrounding Theresa May’s governance green paper proposals.… Read the rest
Research commissioned by CFA UK has examined the alignment of chief executive (CEO) pay and company value creation between 2003-2014/15 and found that total pay for the median CEO increased by 82% in real terms over the period. However, the median FTSE-350 company generated little in the way of a meaningful economic profit over the period 2003-2009 , and although performance improved from 2010 onwards the median firm generated less than 1% economic return on invested capital.… Read the rest
Investment giant, BlackRock, has indicated it will be toughening its stance on executive pay after giving evidence to the House of Commons’ Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) select committee. In future it will now hold remuneration committee chairmen to account for the decisions they have made; a move which Manifest recommended to the Committee at the previous session.… Read the rest
The UK government’s widely trailed corporate governance green paper has focused, as expected, on executive pay and stakeholder representation at companies as well consulting on corporate governance rules for large privately owned companies. Manifest welcomed the consultation particularly the Government’s questions in relation to proxy advisors and other shareholder advisors who support investment managers and asset owners in their stewardship activities.… Read the rest
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