The Equator Principles (EP) is a voluntary framework of environmental guidelines for financial institutions in project financing. This paper examines the impact of an EP adoption on executive compensation. Compared to a matched sample of non-adopting banks, we find that total compensation significantly increased in banks that adopted the EP. The increase was driven by larger grants of equity-based compensation. This effect of EP adoption on executive pay does not depend on the risk management framework of the bank or on the timing of the adoption. Lastly, we do not find evidence of a change in the adopting banks’ performance.
|Journal||Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money|
|State||Published - 1 Mar 2023|
- Equator principles
- Executive compensation
- Financial institutions
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Economics and Econometrics