Divulgation des conflits d’intérêts des conseillers en rémunération


La règlementation en gouvernance est de plus en plus sensible aux questions de rémunération des hauts dirigeants. Dans la foulée des autres mesures adoptées par la SEC au cours des dernières années, on exige maintenant que les conflits d’intérêts des consultants en rémunération soient divulgués. On doit faire état (1) de la nature du conflit et (2) des actions que l’organisation compte poser pour éviter le conflit.

L’article de Rick Tulli de la firme Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP présente le nouveau portrait de la règlementation américaine en ce qui regarde la divulgation du processus de rémunération. C’est un article court et très clair. Il explique ce que la disposition « disclosure regarding a compensation consultant whose work has raised any conflict of interest » veut dire. Bonne lecture !

Compensation consultant conflict disclosure

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« A public company preparing, or beginning to prepare, the proxy statement for its 2013 annual shareholders’ meeting should be aware (or be reminded) of a new disclosure requirement adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission last June. As part of its rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the SEC adopted a new Item of Regulation S-K, Item 407(e)(3)(iv) (.PDF), that requires disclosure regarding a compensation consultant whose work has raised any conflict of interest.

The new disclosure requirement supplements an existing disclosure requirement stated in Item 407(e)(3)(iii) of Regulation S-K. That Item has required a public company to disclose in its annual proxy statement the role of compensation consultants in determining or recommending the amount or form of executive and director compensation.  The disclosure must be made regarding any compensation consultant, whether engaged by the compensation committee, by the board of directors, or by management; but it need not be made regarding a consultant who only gives advice or recommendations on broad-based plans or provides non-customized data or information.  In brief, the disclosure should:

  1. Identify each such compensation consultant.
  2. State whether the consultant was engaged directly by the compensation committee or any other person (such as management).
  3. Describe the nature and scope of the assignment of the consultant.
  4. Describe the material instructions or directions given to the consultant.

The disclosure must also include, in certain situations, the fees paid to the compensation consultant.

The disclosure requirement of new Item 407(e)(3)(iv) applies only to a compensation consultant who is the subject of disclosure under Item 407(e)(3)(iii)  and whose work has raised any conflict of interest.  The disclosure should include:

  1. The nature of the conflict.
  2. How the conflict is being addressed ».

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Articles d’intérêt reliés au sujet de la rémunération :

Nonprofit Board Compensation Committee (nonprofitboardcrisis.typepad.com)

The Economic Consequences of Proxy Advisor Say-on-Pay Voting Policies (blogs.law.harvard.edu)