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Rethinking executive compensation in times of crisis

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The Globe and Mail – As we head into proxy season – the time of year when most companies hold their annual general meetings – shareholders at publicly listed corporations will be asked to vote on how the board has decided to compensate its C-suite. This year, those votes will be overshadowed by the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis, and they will be different in two fundamental ways.

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Undermining corporate accountability

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These are tumultuous times at the US Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) as the agency undertakes efforts to revise rules governing shareholder rights and corporate accountability. The SEC has proposed extensive changes resulting from concerted corporate lobbying effort aimed at Trump appointees to the SEC to roll back investor protections and insulate CEOs from accountability to shareholders.

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