Aligning pay to performance in struggling mining and energy markets is hard, especially if executive pay packages are based on stock options. But there is another way.
For compensation committees and senior management involved in executive compensation decision-making, the first quarter of the year can be a stressful time. Most issuers are determining bonuses for the year just ended as well as long-term incentive grants (e.g. stock options, performance share units, etc.) and salary increases.
On January 11, 2013, the SEC approved amendments to the listing standards of the NYSE and Nasdaq, which are substantially similar to those proposed in September 2012. These amendments relate to the independence of compensation committees members, the authority of the compensation committee, and its responsibilities when retaining advisors. The listing standards implement the SEC’s final rules (Final Rules) on these matters pursuant to the Dodd Frank Act.
On January 28, 2013, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) released its final Corporate Governance Guidelines (Guidelines). These Guidelines are substantially similar to the draft that was released for comment in August 2012, and provide an update to the original Guidelines published by OSFI in 2003. The Guidelines, which complement OSFI’s Supervisory Framework and Assessment Criteria, set out its latest governance expectations for federally-regulated financial institutions (FRFIs), with particular focus on the role of the Board, risk governance, and the role of the audit committee.