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Webinar 30 Nov: Ways executive incentives are changing to meet ESG targets: how institutional investor pressure is shifting senior reward

Ways executive incentives are changing to meet ESG targets: how institutional investor pressure is shifting senior reward

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Claire Yule

Claire Yule

President, Reward and Mobility

Debi O'Donovan

Debi O'Donovan

Co-founder & Director , REBA

Nathan Birtle

Nathan Birtle


Peter  McDonald

Peter McDonald

Statutory Reporting Lead , Natwest


Ways executive incentives are changing to meet ESG targets: how institutional investor pressure is shifting senior reward

In this webinar, you will hear from forward-thinking employers about the decisions and actions they are taking to reflect environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets within their executive reward strategies.

ESG targets are increasingly being applied by institutional investors to listed companies, meaning executive reward teams and remuneration committees need to rethink targets for financial and non-financial incentives.

Our panellists will take stock of how investor focus and regulations are moving the dial on targets linked to ESG. The panel will share what they foresee investors and advisors asking for in the future, which will need to be part of discussions and decisions now.

The webinar will include Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation and shareholder activism, through to the public scrutiny of corporate profits and the increased need to meet diversity targets. With COP26 taking place in November, we will look closely at environmental targets and what these mean for reward and remuneration strategies at the highest level.

Key issues to be explored:

  • Why is pressure growing to publicly report targets beyond companies own internal targets?
  • Who is under pressure: Board, senior management and supply chains?
  • Where are the shifts in targets: short-term versus long term incentives; financial versus non-financial incentives?
  • What is ESG window-dressing by companies and what is real? Why are institutional investors examining this so closely?
  • What will be the impact of Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) and other legislation?
  • What targets are most under pressure: from environment and diversity to governance and community?

Receive a copy of the report Aligning Pay, People and Planet with this webinar.

Our experts:

Peter McDonald, Statutory Reporting Lead, NatWest Group

Peter McDonald plays a leading role in the Remuneration Team at NatWest, including ESG elements, defining organisational goals, performance management and reporting, group-wide bonus pool determination and Board committee management.

Peter has had varied roles across HR in his career, and now focusses on working across the control functions at the highest level, ensuring goals are aligned to the overall Natwest Strategy, linked with rewards to achieve these goals, and measurements in place to review this effectively.

Claire Yule, President, Reward & Mobility, and P&O Group Functions, Wood

Claire Yule is highly skilled in executive compensation and governance, HR strategy in support of the company’s strategic goals, and working in partnership with the business to identify innovative global solutions.

Her areas of focus include reward transparency and governance, DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion), wellbeing, margin enhancement, employee and investor engagement, future skills, and talent succession. Claire is secretary to the remuneration committee and a trustee for the Wood pension plan with over £3bn of assets.

Nathan Birtle, Senior Vice President, Diligent

Nathan Birtle is responsible for commercial teams in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and has been with Diligent for 6 years. In recent engagements he has focused on impact of governance analytics, including Board effectiveness and Executive compensation benchmarking.

Prior to this he led commercial teams for software companies in areas such as Quality Management and Process Automation. Nathan has a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Bristol.

Debi O'Donovan, Director and Co-founder, REBA: Reward & Employee Benefits Association

Debi O'Donovan is a director of REBA. She is an expert speaker and commentator on employee benefits and related business disciplines, having researched and spoken on the subject since 1998.

Debi has a strong network among the leading employee benefits, pensions and group insurance consultants, product suppliers and reward experts in the UK as well as with benefits and reward directors from leading employers.

Thanks to strategic partner, Diligent, for supporting this REBA webinar.


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