Today’s executive compensation landscape is more complex than ever. Companies are facing heightened competition for executive talent, pressures from their shareholders, and increased media scrutiny. ICS’ leading executive compensation solutions provide you with the resources you need to take your compensation program to the next level.
Streamline your annual executive compensation lifecycle, from strategy setting to implementation and shareholder feedback.
U.S. companies covered from 2006 onwards
Canadian companies covered from 2008 onwards
European companies from 2012 onwards
Australian companies covered from 2011 onwards
Equity plan design tools based on ISS’ U.S. and Canadian equity plan scorecard methodology. ICS’ cutting-edge solutions leverage objective basis for your executive compensation plans or other equity activities that help you meet shareholder expectations in equity stewardship.
Clients can use our self-service benchmarking of plan features, burn rates, and dilution across proxy-defined peers, ISS-defined peers, or custom peer groups as well as by industry and index. Or leverage our experienced advisors to:
More than one-half of CEO pay is now performance based, and it is becoming increasingly complex. Is your company using metrics that are truly aligned with growing your shareholder value? Are these metrics realistic and achievable for executives?
Stay on the cutting-edge with ICS’ Award Simulator and expert advisory support. Backed by our extensive compensation data, ICS provides in-depth analysis, peer comparison, and scenario modeling and testing of compensation programs.
Use metrics that demonstrate growth, return value to shareholders, and award executives
Does your company set goals that are too easy or too difficult? This stage looks at each metric to determine a balanced program that aligns company growth and appropriately motivates executives.
See the probability of goal achievement and payout with Award Simulator
Are the goals achievable and do they motivate executives to grow the company?
Clients can leverage our full offering of advisor-led performance award design services including scenario testing, goal setting, and metric selection.
ICS data and analysis will be used to compare incentive award programs to those of a company-defined peer group across a number of dimensions. We help clients design an effective executive compensation program, assuring that executives are incentivized to meet realistic and challenging company growth goals. Our seasoned advisors are available to guide clients through each step of the process with ongoing testing of performance award design and advice on presentation of rationale for award design decisions.
 Based on 2014 fiscal year filings for the ISS Incentive Lab universe of approximately 1,200 companies
With ICS’ pay-for-performance tool, determine the level of concern that will be triggered based on company performance. Through the Pay-for-Performance Modeler, clients can:
ICS advisors help clients interpret and communicate pay-for-performance results, run multiple scenarios using different pay assumptions, project ISS-defined peers using company-selected peer groups, customize time periods and performance results to analyze impact, and much more.
Management Say-on-Pay gives investors a picture of how boards are functioning, and how well they are responding to shareholder needs. This disclosure is being scrutinized by company stakeholders, and requires a compelling story that justifies pay decisions within the company. Partnering with their ICS advisor, clients can use this narrative to tell their company’s compensation story.
ICS helps clients anticipate concerns and maximize investor support for their Management Say-on-Pay proposals. ICS advisors also help prepare materials for decision makers within the company, such as building custom reports to support internal meetings, strategizing executive compensation decisions and alternatives, and informing decision-makers of best practices in the industry.
Assess alignment of pay incentives and company strategy using ICS’ comprehensive compensation data and expert advisors. ICS’ industry-specific advisory team delivers a wealth of knowledge to clients throughout the year. Clients are assigned a dedicated advisor with deep knowledge in their industry and can provide guidance and support as needed.
Working with their advisor, clients use ICS’ best-in-class data and tools understand executive pay trends and perform custom benchmarking exercises on top NEOs as well as:
Peer group construction is driven by data and analytics, and companies can leverage the powerful combination of Peer Architect and ICS Advisors to take the guesswork out of the peer group construction process.
Whether companies are looking to review and validate their current peer group, or take a fresh look and construct new peer groups to present to their board and compensation committee, the ICS Peer Architect enables companies to streamline and simplify the traditionally manual and time-consuming process of developing compensation and performance peer groups.
As you go through your review cycle, Peer Architect helps you:
As companies merge or get acquired, their business cycles change, or they undergo structural changes that no longer make them viable peers, continually reviewing and refining a peer group is critical.
Your Executive Compensation Advisor will assist you in each step as you create or make changes to your compensation and performance peer groups.
ICS advisors are assigned to specific industry groups, which allow them to provide clients with sector-specific knowledge, best practices, and trends.
Director pay has emerged as an important issue for activists and shareholders. Monitor current trends in director pay-mix and pay magnitude to reflect best practices. With ICS’ Director Pay tool clients can:
Do you have questions or concerns about director pay at your company? Is your company looking for a more formulaic approach to director pay? Your Executive Compensation Advisor will assist you in understanding current director pay trends and help you address concerns that may arise from stakeholders within the company.
ICS provides you with year-round value with an array of executive compensation and corporate governance solutions. Whether it’s gathering data for your meetings or assisting with complex strategic decisions, ICS’ advisory team gives you the edge you need to reduce governance risk and effectively manage your executive compensation lifecycle.