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Top Polluters Fail to Tie CEO Pay to Carbon-Cutting Goals

A new report card gives most companies Ds and Fs for their efforts to tie compensation to emissions reductions, citing weak incentives and vague metrics. 

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Corporate America’s top emitters are failing to effectively link greenhouse gas reduction targets to CEO pay, a report by a shareholder advocacy group found. 

As You Sow analyzed the 2021 chief executive officer compensation packages of 47 US companies included in the Climate Action 100+ initiative, an investor-led program to ensure the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters curb their footprints. It found that many firms didn’t tie CEO pay to climate metrics, and when they did, it’s wasn’t to a level that would prompt bosses to meaningfully reduce emissions.