REBA: the growing influence of ESG in executive compensation

October 22, 2021

Edna Twumwaa Frimpong

The incorporation of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) metrics into executive compensation plans in European companies was the focus of our latest Diligent Institute report, Aligning Pay, Planet and People. Our research suggests that the number of companies linking ESG metrics to executive compensation is on the rise. From 2008 to 2020, the average percentage of companies linking ESG metrics to CEO pay increased from 3% to 34%. The data suggests that French companies are leading the charge in Europe, with 74% of companies in the country including ESG metrics in CEO compensation plans. Countries such as Norway, Italy, and Ireland, meanwhile lag behind France, the UK, and the Netherlands. Read the full article here. By Edna Frimpong, Head of International Research, Diligent Institute

About the author

Head of International Research

Edna Frimpong is an experienced research analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. In her role with the Diligent Institute, Edna oversees and directs corporate governance research projects and partnerships internationally, outside the US.

She joined Diligent Institute in 2021 after six years with CGLytics — a corporate governance analytics firm based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, acquired by Diligent — where she served as Head of Research for the EMEA region. Previously, Edna held research positions at firms including Sustainanalytics and Carnomise. She received her Master’s Degree in Finance and Law from the Duisenberg School of Finance in Amsterdam, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Administration, Insurance and Risk Management from the University of Ghana.