Meridian’s 2023 Corporate Governance and Incentive Design Survey offers insights into key board governance practices, compensation-related proxy disclosures, and annual and long-term incentive design practices of 200 large cap U.S. corporations (with median revenue of $22 billion and median market cap of $42 billion). Highlights of the Survey are outlined below.
• Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Climate Disclosures. 83% of companies disclosed internal tracking of long-term sustainability or climate change goals. Additionally, 89% of companies referenced their Corporate Responsibility Report in their most recent proxy.
• Director Overboarding. 55% of companies disclosed director overboarding policies.
• Mandatory Retirement Age is Typical. 78% of companies disclosed a mandatory retirement age policy for board members – nearly all companies defined retirement age between 72 and 75.
• Compensation-Related Shareholder Proposals in 2023. Compensation-related proposals were among the least common shareholder proposal. 17% of companies received a compensation-related proposal – and most of these proposals received limited shareholder support.
• Pay and Performance Disclosure Landscape Changes. Fewer companies included volitional pay and performance disclosures this year (14% vs. 20% last year). This trend coincides with the introduction of the SEC’s new mandatory pay versus performance disclosure.
• Non-Financial Metric Prevalence Increases. Most companies (80%) include non-financial measures in the annual incentive plan. Environmental, sustainability and human capital metrics have continued to increase in prevalence; however, weighting of these metrics (implicit or explicit) remains low at 5%-10%.
• Relative TSR Used by Nearly Four in Five Meridian 200 Companies. 79% of companies included a relative TSR measure in performance awards; most incorporate as a weighted measure, rather than a modifier, and 90% of companies pair TSR with at least one other performance measure.
Full survey results can be downloaded by clicking on the “Download Insight as a PDF” on this page. This survey was authored by Sam Bricker and other consultants. Questions and comments should be directed to Mr. Bricker at email@example.com or (224) 355-4762.
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