Range of methodologies for risk and performance alignment of remuneration - consultative document

October 2010

Ensuring that remuneration is effectively aligned with risk and performance is an essential element for reducing incentives that may arise from the design of remuneration schemes and that can lead to excessive risk taking. In practice, the idea that an employee's compensation should take account of the risks that employees take on behalf of their organisation has proven to be challenging to implement. As of October 2010, effective implementation of these principles by banks has not been achieved.

The Basel Committee's report on the Range of Methodologies for Risk and Performance Alignment of Remuneration issued for consultation analyses the methods used by banks for incorporating risk into bonus pools and individual compensation schemes. Banks use various methods to adjust remuneration to take account of risk and performance. Depending on the remuneration scheme's design and detailed features, the effectiveness of such methods in creating incentives for prudent risk taking varies significantly.

The report focuses on the practical and technical issues that might reduce the effectiveness of these methods. It also covers more general questions, including proportionality in the application of rules. The report, which contains a number of examples of banks' practices reflecting the supervisory experience to date, helps provide a representative, though perhaps still incomplete, picture of current remuneration practices in the industry. By providing clarification on the design of risk-adjusted remuneration schemes and by highlighting issues that may affect the effectiveness of the risk adjustment methodologies, the Committee expects the report will help support and facilitate the broader adoption of sound compensation practices in the banking sector.

The Committee welcomes comments on all aspects of this document by 31 December 2010. Comments should be submitted by post (Secretariat of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, Bank for International Settlements, CH-4002 Basel, Switzerland) or email (baselcommittee@bis.org). All comments will be published on the Bank for International Settlements' website unless a commenter specifically requests anonymity or confidential treatment.

The final document was released in May 2011.