PwC and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals (NASPP) are pleased to announce the release of the 2012 Global Equity Incentives Survey (GEIS): “Back to the Basics”— Executive Summary.
Results from the 2012 GEIS clearly indicate that the same drivers remain, although it is interesting to see how the same drivers play out in different environments. The nuances of the changes from 2011 to 2012 certainly indicate that companies are growing increasingly comfortable doing business on a global basis and taking on risk with doing business globally. Although regulatory compliance is still the biggest concern with offering these plans globally, there is a sizable decrease in compliance review efforts and more reliance on outside advisors to alert companies to changes in the regulatory and tax environment. Companies have generally restored grant levels to 2009 levels, and seem to be coming out of the recession with a newfound comfort in making business decisions on where to allocate internal resources relating to employee equity plans and determining what types of plans work for them.
We hope you find the results from the 2012 survey useful as you evaluate and compare your employee equity plans to those of your peers and design plans that are effective drivers of the behaviours necessary for your company’s success in this global economy.
Our survey is one of the most comprehensive studies available on the design and administration of equity incentive compensation plans for multinational companies.