Giving a Shareholders a Say on Pay: A Measure Leading to Better Governance
Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations Position Paper No. 5
32 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2010
Date Written: March 8, 2010
The arguments pros and cons a non-binding vote by shareholders on executive compensation do not readily tip the balance in one direction or the other. The sense of unfairness and the frustration with some patent cases of excessive compensation have generated a good deal of sympathy for more direct and vigorous measures to curb extravagant compensation practices. Nevertheless, boards of directors fully responsible and accountable for the governance of publicly traded corporations do form the cornerstone of our system of corporate governance.
Keywords: Say on Pay, Executive Compensation, Votes on Executive Compensation, Shareholders, Corporate Governance, Board of Directors, Compensation Committee, Compensation Practices, Investors
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