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Remuneration – reward performance, simply and effectively

Companies are all unique – and so are their compensation systems. If it’s to do what it’s meant to do, any compensation system should be a good fit with the company’s strategy. A well balanced compensation system helps to motivate staff and to foster loyalty to the company, which at the same time can position the company as an attractive employer when seeking out new talent.

A key success factor is communication and transparency of compensation and incentive schemes in order to ensure it is comprehensible for employees.

We’ve already supported many companies from every sector – ranging from start-ups to listed multinationals – with their compensation systems, every step along the way from strategic development to actually being rolled out. We aim to work together with you in devising and setting up a compensation system that meets your specific needs while being in line with your corporate strategy.

Contact us if you...

  • are interested in bringing your compensation system into line with your corporate strategy
  • want to understand which compensation system might be best suited to your company
  • would like to bring in or modify certain compensation elements (whether bonus systems or employee share plans) 
  • wish to review your present compensation system by comparing the amount and structure of the compensation with that available in the systems used by comparable organisations (benchmarking)
  • are looking to adapt your existing performance management system or to bring in a new one in order to secure the link with the compensation system 
  • are considering job grading using the PwC STRATA method or wish to check the consistency of your existing system
  • need support in dealing with country-specific compliance issues affecting your compensation plans (whether bonus systems or employee share plans)
  • are keen to make sure that all your employees, irrespective of gender, enjoy equal compensation (EQUAL-SALARY Certification)

Our executive compensation products

Comprehensive customised set of services for Compensation Committees of Swiss listed companies

We designed a comprehensive customised set of services for Compensation Committees of Swiss listed companies which covers the basic annual agenda items of the Compensation Committee:

  • analysis of last annual general meeting;
  • annual review of compensation strategy against market practice and proxy advisors’ guidelines;
  • drafting of the compensation report for your company;
  • yearly governance update and preparation of the next annual general meeting.

By purchasing the Compensation Committee Suite, you will automatically receive our Executive Compensation Design in SMI Expanded Companies report with an invitation to join our roundtables twice a year.

To find out more about the Compensation Committee Suite, we invite you to click here.

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Executive Compensation Design in SMI Expanded Companies

The report contains an overview of compensation models of the Board of Directors and Executive Committees in the SMI Expanded companies as well as company profiles that provide specific information for all SMI Expanded companies on:

  • the structure of Board compensation;
  • the short-term incentive plan design including target level, maximum payout opportunity, key performance indicators;
  • the structure of deferral plans including vehicle (cash/equity), deferral period, vesting conditions, key performance indicators;
  • the long-term incentive plan design including target level, maximum payout opportunity, key performance indicators, vehicle (cash/equity), vesting period, provisions in case of termination.

In the appendix, which is provided as an EXCEL file, the company-specific information is summarised in tables to make it easy for you to compare the various compensation systems.

In addition, companies that purchase the report are invited to attend two roundtables. These roundtables are a great opportunity to hear and discuss about the latest market trends. To learn more about these roundtables, we invite you to visit our event page.

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Compensation benchmark for Swiss Board of Directors

To meet the high demand for benchmark data on Board compensation, we developed a database of Board compensation in Swiss listed companies, which allows us to provide you with a personalised report based on a specific and relevant peer group of Swiss listed companies. Upon request, international peers can also be added to your report.

This customised benchmark analysis enables you to verify that the Board compensation in your company is competitive and aligned with market practice. It includes information on the typical compensation structure and the compensation levels for the functions of chairman of the Board, vice-chairman of the Board and member of the Board, including details around compensation for the work in the various Board’s committees.

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Analysis of your compensation report

To ensure you fulfil regulatory requirements such as the SIX Directive on Corporate Governance and the Ordinance against excessive compensation (VegüV) as well as guidelines of the key Proxy Advisors ISS, Glass Lewis, Ethos and zRating, we can provide you with an analysis of your last compensation report.

In our analysis, we identify specific areas of improvement and provide tailored best practice examples. We also share with you our broad expertise to help you deliver a state-of-the art disclosure.

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Training programme for reward specialists

  • Module I: Compensation governance basics
    This one-day training has been developed for reward specialists who are expected to deal with reward governance matters in the future.
    During this course, we cover all relevant compensation governance topics in the Swiss context, with a focus on corporate governance in general and the SIX Corporate Governance Directive in particular.
  • Module II: Legal fundamentals and other directives
    This one-day training has been developed for reward specialists who are expected to work on governance-related matters in the future. During this course, which builds on module I, we cover relevant compensation governance topics in the Swiss context with a focus on the Ordinance Against Excessive Compensation in listed stock corporations (OAEC), the Swiss Code of Best Practice and international compensation governance aspects.
  • Module III: Shareholder engagement
    This one-day training has been developed for reward specialists, who have participated in module I and II and would like to deepen their understanding of Compensation Governance or are particularly interested in the topics of pay-for-performance and shareholder engagement in the Swiss context.

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Angela Bucher

Angela Bucher

Director, People and Organisation, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 43 16

Agnes Hoevenaars-Blust

Agnes Hoevenaars-Blust

Managing Director, PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 18 50

Jose Marques

Jose Marques

Partner People and Organisation and Leader New world. New skills., PwC Switzerland

Tel: +41 58 792 96 34