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2021 Equity Incentives Design Survey

Take part in this newly revamped survey providing a holistic look at the design of equity compensation programs in the US and globally

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Get Valuable Benchmarks for Equity Plan Design

Don't miss this opportunity for essential insights and benchmarks on the design of your domestic and global equity incentives, from stock options to performance awards. How does your company's plan design(s) align with those of other companies? Are you following best practices and on top of emerging trends? Find out by participating in equity compensation's most comprehensive analysis of plan design and guarantee your access to exclusive results. 

Participated Previously? A version of this survey was last conducted in 2019. The survey has since been redesigned, resulting in a considerably shorter and faster tool for your convenience. 

Estimated Time to Complete: 30-45 minutes


Deadline to Participate: May 7

Focus Areas and Key Questions to Be Answered

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Equity Mix

What types of equity awards are companies granting?

Are stock options making a comeback?

How common are ESPPs? 

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Broad-based Plans

How deep in their orgs do companies offer equity?

What guidelines are applied to determine award eligibility?

How common are annual grants?

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Global Equity

How do companies extend equity programs around the world?

In what countries is equity commonly offered?

How common are locally tax-qualified awards?

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Award Features

What do retirees get and who gets it?

How common is quarterly and monthly vesting?

How are dividends paid on equity awards?

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Performance Awards

How has COVID changed the landscape?

Is usage of relative TSR still increasing?

How are performance awards adjusted for a change-in-control?

This survey is administered jointly by the NASPP and Deloitte Consulting LLP.

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Survey Guidelines for Participants

  • Issuers must participate in the survey to receive access to the full survey results.

  • Survey must be completed by May 7.

  • Only public companies that offer stock compensation to their employees may participate.

  • Survey respondents must have some level of responsibility for designing, managing, or reporting on their company's equity program.

  • Service providers are ineligible to participate, but will receive access to full survey results if current NASPP members.