BW LPG’s remuneration policy
Remuneration policy at BW LPG is driven by the Company’s strategic mission, values, and in particular by the Company’s objective to attract, retain and develop market-leading talent.
Remuneration in broad terms – considering not only salary, benefits and performance incentives, but also working environment, recognition of achievements, and learning and development – is designed to attract and retain the people best suited to support achievement of the organization’s goals in the long run.
As such, executive remuneration is structured to:
- Support achievement of BW LPG’s corporate strategy;
- Comply with applicable regulations and reflect standards of corporate governance in the markets in which we operate;
- Take into account the global and local market conditions generically and specific to the industry in which we operate;
- Reflect and strengthen the common interests of BW LPG’s employees and shareholders;
- Be, and be seen to be, fair, transparent and non-discriminatory;
- Reward both delivery of results and the way in which those results are achieved;
- Differentiate appropriately varying roles, responsibilities and competencies;
- Reward both short and long-term contributions and results;
- Address market and peer levels in decision-making; and
- Make compensation sufficiently attractive to retain talent.
Determining and implementing remuneration strategy
The Company’s decision-making process for implementing and amending the remuneration strategy, policy and implementation including the determination of salaries and other remuneration for the executive management, includes an annual review and approval by the Remuneration Committee of the Company’s Compensation Strategy, and a review of annual adjustments to compensation for the business in aggregate, and for the executive management team individually.
Remuneration of the executive team
BW LPG’s Board defines the senior executive team as including the most senior management in each functional area – presently the Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’), Chief Financial Officer (‘CFO’), Executive Vice President, Technical and Operations, and the Executive Vice President, Commercial.
The remuneration structure for the senior executive team incorporates any of the following elements:
- Fixed remuneration;
- Variable remuneration (short-term and long-term incentives);
- Pension and insurance schemes; and
- Other employment-related benefits.
Fixed remuneration comprises base salaries and allowances paid to executives.
Base salaries are designed to compensate employees for the roles, responsibilities undertaken in their roles, and the required competencies. Therefore, base salary is set with the intention to be competitive in the markets in which the company operates (geographical and industrial) in relation to each individual’s role and capabilities. Base salaries are normally reviewed once a year.
Fixed allowances designed to cover housing and transportation costs are paid to eligible members of the executive management team.
Variable pay includes a short-term component, the Annual Performance Bonus; and a long-term component, the Long-Term Incentive Plan.
Annual Performance Bonuses are awarded early each calendar year in relation to the performance of each employee against performance targets established at the beginning of the preceding year. The aggregate bonus pool available for payment is determined with close reference to the Company’s profitability and shareholder value creation. The allocation of bonuses from that pool is closely related to annual performance against pre-determined performance targets.
Performance targets for the executive management team are reviewed with the Remuneration Committee prior to establishment. The CEO’s performance against performance targets is determined by the Remuneration Committee in consultation with the full Board of Directors.
The Long-Term Incentive Plan (LTIP) allows for additional earnings via a share options programme. The purpose of LTIP is to attract and retain a strong executive team, and to align the interests of that team with those of the shareholders. Under the LTIP, the executive management team will on an annual basis for a period of five years be awarded share options. With the amended LTIP on 28 February 2019, the Company Vice Presidents were included in the Long Term Incentive Plan (LTIP).
Options will be awarded each year in connection with the publication of the quarterly report for Q4 for the preceding year. The strike price for the options shall be equal to the sum of (i) the volume weighted average share price quoted on the Oslo Stock Exchange the first five trading days following the announcement of such quarterly report (VWAP), and (ii) 16% of the VWAP. The options will have a vesting period of three years from being awarded, and may then be exercised in a period of three additional years.
The options are non-tradable and conditional upon the option holder being employed by the Company or its subsidiaries and not having resigned or being terminated for cause prior to the vesting date.
Pension and insurance schemes
Pensions paid to employees commensurate with local practice in the location of employment. All members of the executive management team are located in Singapore, where payments to the Central Provident Fund are mandated for citizens and permanent residents. BW LPG makes the standard contribution required for each eligible member of the executive management team.
Insurances are instituted for employees in line with local practice in the location of employment. All members of the executive management team benefit from medical insurance in line with Company practice, and are protected by Directors’ and Officers’ insurance in relation to their service on subsidiary Boards of the Group.
Other employment-related benefits
BW LPG’s employees are provided employment-related benefits commensurate with normal local practice in the location of employment. These benefits extend to members of the executive management team. Employment-related benefits beyond the compensation explicitly set out in these guidelines are not significant in relation to base salary for any member of the executive management.
Information on Executive Management Remuneration
Remuneration of the executive management team is presented in Section 12 of the Report on Corporate Governance.