In the following report on the remuneration of the members of the Management Board you will find comprehensive information on the compensation system and the compensation for the members of the Management Board – possibly in even greater detail than some of you might wish to study. Let me therefore summarize in brief the main points:
At last year’s General Meeting, you, our shareholders, resolved with a majority of 97 % a compensation system for the Group Management Board which forms the basis for our compensation decisions. Pursuant to this compensation system, each of the Management Board members, alongside a fixed salary and a contribution to the company pension plan, is entitled to a variable compensation which is subject to annually defined objectives and their achievement. The largest part (60 %) of the variable compensation is long-term and Group-oriented, the remaining part (a maximum of 40 %) takes into account short-term Group targets and individual or divisional objectives. In the year under review, the achievement level for the Long-Term-Award was 38 % and for the short-term Group targets 45 %. For details please refer to the following pages.
However, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board are well aware that the result of the 2017 financial year is not satisfactory with a net loss. To underline this, the members of the Management Board have declared to the Supervisory Board that they are waiving the determination and granting of variable compensation for the 2017 financial year. The Supervisory Board respects this decision and for this reason refrained from determining any variable remuneration for the 2017 financial year for the members of the Management Board. Thus, the Management Board receives no variable compensation for the third consecutive year. On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I would like to pay tribute to the readiness of the Management Board to waive the contractual compensation components in the interest of our bank.
Despite the waiver, the subsequent report is intended to illustrate the objectives on which the individual assessments of the Supervisory Board are based with regard to the Group targets and thus meet the expectations of our investors regarding the transparency of the remuneration system.
The Supervisory Board welcomes constructive feedback and criticism on this important topic and looks forward to the discussions with you at the General Meeting.
Dr. Paul Achleitner