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Executive Compensation & Governance Outlook 2017


Featuring commentary by Hogan Lovells and Labrador

Executive Compensation & Governance Outlook 2017 features data and identifies trends in disclosure practices at S&P 500 companies focused in three major sections: Compensation, Shareholder Engagement, and Board Governance and Succession Planning. Data includes the percentage of companies that disclose information on pay for performance, clawbacks, shareholder engagement, board diversity and CEO succession plans, as well as data on Say on Pay and other shareholder voting trends, and much more. The report also highlights cutting-edge disclosure examples from companies that clearly display this information in interesting or innovative ways.

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Key Findings:

  • Roughly 92% of S&P 500 companies disclosed a clawback policy in 2016, and more than half of companies disclosed that a financial restatement may trigger their clawback policy

  • Disclosure of shareholder engagement more than tripled in S&P 500 company proxy statements since 2012, reaching 66.1% in 2016

  • Shareholders at a majority of S&P 500 companies will again vote on the frequency of Say on Pay votes in 2017—in 2011, over 90% of companies adopted annual Say on Pay votes

  • Only 3.3% of S&P 500 companies disclosed a comprehensive discussion of their board’s CEO succession planning process