SOURCE: The Corporate Library

The Corporate Library

October 19, 2009 11:02 ET

Adoption of Clawback Policies Remains Low Absent Legislation, According to The Corporate Library

PORTLAND, ME--(Marketwire - October 19, 2009) - The spread of clawback policies is progressing at a snail's pace, according to a new report from The Corporate Library, an independent corporate governance and executive compensation research firm. The report examines the adoption of clawback policies by publicly-traded companies in the S&P 500, Russell 1000 and Russell 3000. While the number of companies with such policies has increased slightly over the past two years, the overall level of adoption remains low for all the indices studied.

A clawback policy enables a board of directors, often at its discretion, to recoup cash and/or equity incentive payments from executive officers if such officers have been deemed responsible for fraudulent actions, if such incentive payments were based on misstated financials that were the result of fraud, or if such officers have been responsible for other kinds of action detrimental to the company.

The report is the first in a series examining key trends in corporate governance practices among companies in the S&P 500, Russell 1000 and Russell 3000. "2009 Governance Practices Series: Clawbacks" is available for $25 from The Corporate Library's online store at

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