Here’s the First Company to Ever Disclose CEO-to-Worker Pay Ratio While Citing the Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 required companies to begin disclosing the pay ratio between CEOs and the median pay of company employees.  Four years of struggle ensued, with many corporations arguing the disclosure would be costly if it could be done at all. The SEC has yet to issue a final rule, but is expected to soon, calling for disclosure to begin for all companies starting in 2016.

In the meantime, Noble Energy, a Texas-based oil and gas producer became the first public company to report its CEO-to-worker pay ratio citing the forthcoming requirements of Dodd-Frank. (Several companies have for many years published their CEO pay to worker pay ratio, including Whole Food Markets, MBIA, Northwestern Companies and the Bank of South Carolina, but none have so far pointed to Dodd-Frank as the impetus.)

In its pay disclosure, Noble Energy writes:

Our Chairman and CEO’s annual direct compensation for 2013 was $9,720,334 as reflected in the Summary Compensation Table. We estimate that the median of the annual direct compensation of all of our employees, excluding our Chairman and CEO was $114,376 for 2013. As a result, we estimate that our Chairman and CEO’s total annual direct compensation was approximately 85 times that of the median annual direct total direct compensation of all of our other employees.

See that wasn’t so hard. It is time for CEOs to stop obstructing the disclosure of pay ratios and start sharpening their pencils so that they too can follow the Texas energy company’s noble lead. 

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Who cares? Unless you're a shareholder of this company, what business is it of yours? Or do you just have nothing else to "blog about"?
Anonymous (not verified) (11/17/14 5:13pm It's not if you are an idiot...
Of course the fact that it is a mere 85x ratio helps with the disclosure. My guess is that a lot of other companies have conducted a similar exercise internally and come up with a figure that has struck terror into the hearts of the IR staff, the board, and anyone else who might have to face the public. "We can't print that!"
Anonymous wrote on 11/17 at 5:13pm: "Unless you're a shareholder of this company, what business is it of yours?" Well, of course a corporation's CEO pay to worker pay ratio IS very much the "business" of shareholders, so shareholders benefit from the disclosure requirements of Dodd-Frank. You might well ask why other, publicly traded corporations are continuing to FIGHT those disclosure requirements -- why do they want to HIDE their CEO pay to worker pay ratio from shareholders or potential shareholders? It is also very much the "business" of customers and potential customers of the company.