UK - Mining giant Anglo American has unveiled plans to review its executives' share option scheme in a bid to placate angry pension funds.
The move comes a week after the NAPF advised members to abstain from approving Anglo American’s remuneration report because the terms of its share option scheme did not comply with best practice.
The secretary of Anglo American’s remuneration committee, Chris Corrin, said the group was aware its share option schemes did not conform to best practice at this point.
Corrin admitted the overall climate had moved against share option schemes where a “rolling target” clause gave directors 10 years to reach performance deadlines – a requirement that must normally be met within three years.
The NAPF voting issues service spokesman said he had been informed that Anglo American intended to conduct an extensive review of its compensation arrangements.
“The review will cover all components of the package and consider each of the points mentioned in [our] analysis,” he said.
This is the first time Anglo American has released its full remuneration report under new guidelines requiring companies to disclose full details for shareholder approval.
Association of British Insurers’ spokeswoman Leonie Edwards welcomed Anglo American’s move.
She said: “The main issue we raised with our members was the rolling performance targets.
“Typically these performance targets are met after three years and this scheme meant that there was a longer period to meet those targets, which we aren’t particularly supportive of.”
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