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Welcome to Global Equity Insights 2021


GEO, along with our project sponsors, are pleased to present Global Equity Insights 2021. In its nineth year running, this unique study continues to deliver the best in market practice from a robust selection of global companies, in the areas of plan design, administration and communication of long-term incentives (LTI) and share purchase plans (SPP). This unique tool includes a special focus in 2021 on new topics of interest such as equal pay, Environment Social and Governance (ESG) targets, and "say on pay," as well as an entire section dedicated to equity-based compensation during the global pandemic.

Visit the Global Equity Insights 2021 Executive Summary* for information on this year's study as well as the Global Equity Insights 2021 Video Highlights from our study sponsors and experts below.

We hope you find the information helpful. If you have questions, recommendations or feedback on the project, please contact GEO's Executive Director, Danyle Anderson.

*Complete study results are available to participants only beginning in study years 2020 and beyond.

 
Danyle Anderson, GEO

 
Danyle Anderson
GEO

Danyle Anderson, GEO

"GEO's Global Equity Insights Study, now in its ninth year, delivers a one-of-a-kind look at global share plan trends, including important results on how the use of equity differs between high performing and low performing companies. For organizations offering equity as a long-term incentive to employees around the world, these insights have proven to be invaluable year after year."

Play Video: Danyle Anderson, GEO  Click to listen to Danyle's analysis of the latest market developments.

 

Executive summary and key highlights


Andrew Thain, hkp/// group

 
Andrew Thain
hkp/// group

"With such an extensive data set based on 196 companies from around the world, the key highlights of GEIS 2021 are a new feature of the survey report."

Play Video: Andrew Thain, hkp/// group   Click to listen to Andrew's analysis of the key highlights.
 

Long Term Incentives – Pay Mix


Sandra Sussman, SAP

 
Sandra Sussman
SAP

"All employees, regardles of functional area, career level, geography are treated the same when it comes to eligibility."

Play Video: Sandra Sussman, SAP  Click to listen to Sandra's analysis of the latest market developments.
 

Long Term Incentives – Plan Design


Sebastian Wetzel, Siemens Energy

 
Sebastian Wetzel
Siemens Energy

"At Siemens Energy, we believe that our more than 90,000 employees make a substantial contribution to the sustainable economic growth of the company and should participate in the long term development. That's why from the first day since the spin-off in 2020 we have implemented a wide range of share programs."

Play Video: Sebastian Wetzel, Siemens Energy   Click to listen to Sebastian's analysis of the latest market developments.
 

Long Term Incentives – Share Ownership Guidelines


Mitan Patel, Fidelity

 
Mitan Patel
Fidelity

"Share Ownership Guidelines (SOGs) are an integral feature of most share plans for executives."

Play Video: Mitan Patel, Fidelity   Click to listen to Mitan's analysis of the latest market developments.
 

Long Term Incentives – Vesting & Settlement


Sheila Frierson, Computershare

 
Sheila Frierson
Computershare

"A number of factors come into play when designing a plan's vesting schedule and determining the setlement method."

Play Video: Sheila Frierson, Computershare   Click to listen to Sheila's analysis of the latest market developments.
 

Long Term Incentives – Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) topics


Sebastian Wetzel, Siemens Energy

 
Sebastian Wetzel
Siemens Energy

"At Siemens Energy, ESG is not only a topic for the public or something investors expect of us, but rather at the core of our business and an integral part of our 'energy of tomorrow' transformation."

Play Video: Sebastian Wetzel, Siemens Energy   Click to listen to Sebastian's analysis of the latest market developments.
 

Share Purchase Plans (SPP) – Plan Design


Sandra Sussman, SAP

 
Sandra Sussman
SAP

"SAPs share purchase plan was designed from a 'One Plan One Workforce' perspective – that is, we set out to offer the same value proposition for everybody across the globe without regard to local tax qualification."

Play Video: Sandra Sussman, SAP   Click to listen to Sandra's analysis of the latest market developments.
 

Share Purchase Plans (SPP) – Eligibility and participation


Emily Cervino, Fidelity

 
Emily Cervino
Fidelity

"Share purchase plans have long been favored for delivering equity compensation to a broad base of employees – the case for these plans has never been stronger."

Play Video: Emily Cervino, Fidelity   Click to listen to Emily's analysis of the latest market developments.
 

Communication


Sheila Frierson, Computershare

 
Sheila Frierson
Computershare

"The global pandemic has raised awareness to the importance of internal communication planning."

Play Video: Sheila Frierson, Computershare   Click to listen to Sheila's analysis of the latest market developments.
 

Equal Pay


David Voggeser, hkp/// group

 
David Voggeser
hkp/// group

"Equal Pay Analyses are gaining more and more importance – not only for the C&B community but for the company and capital market strategy as a whole, especially since investors have taken up this topic as part of the Human Capital requirements (HCM). This puts C&B even more in the spotlight and it's a great opportunity to prove that C&B is an important contributor to company strategy."

Play Video: David Voggeser, hkp/// group   Click to listen to David's analysis of the latest market developments.
 

Equity and the pandemic


Andrew Thain, hkp/// group

 
Andrew Thain
hkp/// group

"The pandemic is not yet behind us, and the impact on equity compensation will be more long term in nature – for now, companiesare still waiting to see where the market is moving."

Play Video: Andrew Thain, hkp/// group   Click to listen to Andrew's analysis of the key highlights.