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Welcome to Global Equity Insights 2022


GEO, along with our project sponsors, are pleased to present Global Equity Insights 2022. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, 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 2022 on new topics of interest such as...

Visit the Global Equity Insights 2022 Executive Summary* for information on this year's study as well as the Global Equity Insights 2022 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.

Key Highlights

Andrew Thain
hkp/// group

"It’s never been a more exciting time to be part of the GEO community. With 10 years of LTIs, 10 years of SPPs, and 10 years of so much more, the survey reveals several key highlights from the tenth anniversary edition."

Pay Mix

Sebastian Wetzel
Siemens Energy

"At Siemens Energy we want to give every employee from the shop floor to the Executive Board the opportunity to own a part of our company: to foster ownership, responsibility and commitment and at the same time allow employees to benefit in the development of our company."

Eligibility

Sandra Sussman
SAP

"SAP’s incentive plan is designed with both Executives and Non-Executives in mind. Consistent with what we have observed in the Global Equity Insights Survey year over year, we offer both time and performance-based awards, RSUs and PSUs."

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)

Sebastian Wetzel
Siemens Energy

"The importance of sustainability for Siemens Energy is of course also reflected in the design of our long-term incentive for both the Executive Board but also selected top managers. Here we not only take into account financial factors, but we also reward sustainability efforts."

Share Purchase Plans (SPP)

Emily Cervino
Fidelity

"2022 is the year of the SPP. The case has never been stronger, as companies focus on compelling pay and benefits and creating connection and engagement with employees during this great resignation. Making your employees owners is an excellent way to connect them to your company."

Share Purchase Plans (SPP)

Michael Wolff
Georg August Universität Göttingen

"The survey in 2022 shows again more and more companies are offering Share Purchase Plans for their employees. Further, it makes sense to invest resources in the implementation and administration of these programs. From an academic perspective, there is overall a positive relationship between company performance and higher share participation rates."

Transformation and Transition

David Voggeser
hkp/// group

"One of the most crucial developments in an organization is the process and the challenge of a transformation. Be it an acquisition, a spin-off, a significant restructuring process, a joint venture or a merger with another company, we see that equity compensation always plays a vital part in such a transformation process."

IR and Equity

Sheila Frierson
Computershare

"Investors and consumers are increasingly more interested in the governance of companies they invest in and buy from. They want to know their values are aligned and they are watching more than just the performance against plan."

Equal Pay

Sheila Frierson
Computershare

"Equal pay continues to be a topic we have been researching in this survey for the past few years and this year’s survey includes several new questions. We imagine as we receive more data on this topic in the next few years we’ll continue to see a growing focus on equal pay outside of gender alone."

Digitalization

Mitan Patel
Fidelity

"With the interest in and the use of stock plans growing, companies are looking for digital solutions to help with administration, risk mitigation, effectiveness of their plans, as well as an improved experience for their employees. The majority of companies rely on an external provider for the administration of their programs."

Global Mobility

David Voggeser
hkp/// group

"The pandemic drastically changed the environment in which we as compensation and benefits experts are working. More than ever, the setup chosen by the company defines and determines what the remote work policy allows in terms of equity settlement or further, where the tax liability is located."