Surfing the Coming Pay Ratio Wave with Confidence

Slides from presentation given at the 2016 World at Work Total Rewards Conference, San Diego, CA.

Panelists: Nathan O’Connor, Equity Methods – Ralph Barry, Compensia – Michael Shinbein, The WhiteWave Foods Company – Amy Wood, Cooley LLP

The pay ratio disclosure rules released by the SEC will be an important hurdle for compensation professionals to clear in this first year of compliance. Not only is there complexity surrounding how to perform the calculation, but the results will likely be highly scrutinized by industry publications and investors at large. Given this looming challenge, companies will be wise to get ahead of the calculation and start socializing results to stakeholders. This presentation discusses the importance of stress-testing different calculation methodologies and being prepared to weave the results in to the overall story of the proxy.