Setting goals in an uncertain environment

Executive Compensation

Compensation Committee Leadership Network, April 2017

Boards and their compensation committees face a range of difficult decisions that are further complicated by the uncertainty of the current economic and political environment. The prospect of sweeping policy changes – comprehensive tax reform, a Dodd-Frank overhaul, and new approaches on tax and trade – create unique challenges for companies and their boards.  

On March 23–24, 2017, members of the Compensation Committee Leadership Network (CCLN) discussed how boards could best set goals that encourage both short- and long-term success. Members also discussed the principles of inclusive capitalism and anticipated changes to the regulatory agenda in Washington, particularly at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This Viewpoints presents highlights of CCLN members’ conversations on these topics.