Shareholders approve Apple civil rights audit, Tim Cook's $99M pay package

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Apple shareholders have approved a proposal urging the company to carry out a third-party civil rights audit contrary to what the board wanted, and also voted in favor of CEO Tim Cook's annual compensation.

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Shareholders approved the civil rights audit proposal during the company's annual shareholders meeting, which was held virtually. The proposal calls for Apple to oversee a third-party audit of its polices and practices in an effort to combat inequality and address harm to marginalized groups.

The initial proposal claims that a civil rights audit could flag concerns raised by Apple employees, and help the iPhone maker "identify, remedy, and avoid adverse impacts on its stakeholders."

Ahead of the meeting, Apple's Board of Directors recommended votes against all shareholder proposals, including the civil rights audit. Apple shareholders generally follow the board's recommendations.

According to Apple, the Cupertino-based company already fulfilled the objectives of the civil rights audit in several different ways, including engagement with communities, impact and risk assessments, and transparent public reporting.

"We believe our current framework for the implementation and oversight of our human rights commitments is more effective than the broad and unfocused audit requested by the proposal," Apple's board wrote.

The approval of the proposal marks the first time in Apple's recent history that shareholders have voted for a shareholder-issued proposal. Other shareholder proposals, including ones aimed at increasing supply chain transparency and addressing gender and racial pay gaps, failed during the meeting.

In addition to the civil rights audit, shareholders also voted in favor of Apple CEO Tim Cook's $99 million compensation package. By doing so, shareholders rejected concerns -- including alleged issues raised by shareholder advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services.

Cook received the compensation package via stock grant as part of a long-term equity plan. The Apple chief executive received 333,987 restricted stock units in 2021 in what was his first grant since 2011.

Apple has seen exceptional growth since Cook took the helm in 2011 after company co-founder Steve Jobs stepped down. Apple shares have risen more than 1,100% since Cook became its chief executive.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    yojimbo007yojimbo007 Posts: 1,165member
    Good!!!   He Earned Every Penny .
    lollivergregoriusmTJJpichaeljony0
  • Reply 2 of 11
    TJJTJJ Posts: 14member
    I agree! He earned every penny and more! Such a kind and thoughtful human being. He has a vision for Apple and it’s working. COVID threw  a small wrench into a lot of companies progress and plans but somehow Apple rolled with it and made it work. Greatest CEO and Company on the planet!
    edited March 2022 dewmepichaelAlex_Vjony0
  • Reply 3 of 11
    robin huberrobin huber Posts: 3,971member
    I didn’t get a ballot in the mail this year. 
    stevenoz
  • Reply 4 of 11
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 1,304member
    Tim Cook deserves the money, but a majority of shareholders should have listened to the Board and avoided a third party civil rights audit. Apple believes in diversity but also believes in hiring the best and the brightest.  I trust Apple to do the right thing without input from any third party.
    jony0
  • Reply 5 of 11
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,917member
    So, my vote worked for Tim's compensation but came short for other. Hope, Apple don't get influence whatever this third-party audit of its polices and practices in an effort to combat inequality. Apple or any company stays on top competitive by hiring the best of best it can.
    JFC_PA
  • Reply 6 of 11
    JFC_PAJFC_PA Posts: 934member
     proposal urging the company ”

    Urging doesn’t mean the audit is mandatory. 

    Or is that inaccurate wording. 
  • Reply 7 of 11
    stevenozstevenoz Posts: 315member
    I think Tim should share some of his  $99M this year with AppleInsider for your great Apple reporting...
  • Reply 8 of 11
    cp-cp- Posts: 7member
    To anyone saying Tim deserves the money: you reckon Steve Jobs didn’t? Anyone remember how much was Steve’s Salary? $1. Yepp, a single dollar.. 😊

    But of course it is up to each CEO to decide to do similar stuff or get paid proportionally to how well the company is doing.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    crowleycrowley Posts: 10,453member
    cp- said:
    To anyone saying Tim deserves the money: you reckon Steve Jobs didn’t? Anyone remember how much was Steve’s Salary? $1. Yepp, a single dollar.. 😊

    But of course it is up to each CEO to decide to do similar stuff or get paid proportionally to how well the company is doing.
    Jobs also received plenty of stock awards (including one dodgy one that was investigated by the SEC).  Cook's salary is only $3m of the package.
    Alex_Vfastasleepjony0
  • Reply 10 of 11
    carnegiecarnegie Posts: 1,078member
    cp- said:
    To anyone saying Tim deserves the money: you reckon Steve Jobs didn’t? Anyone remember how much was Steve’s Salary? $1. Yepp, a single dollar.. ߘꦬt;br>
    But of course it is up to each CEO to decide to do similar stuff or get paid proportionally to how well the company is doing.
    Mr. Jobs received more than $700 million in compensation, mostly in the form of Apple shares, for being CEO of Apple (after he returned). Mr. Cook has received that much plus around $1 billion more, so far, for being Apple's CEO. But Apple has made around 9 times as much in net income - more than $500 billion - during Mr. Cook's time as CEO as it did during Mr. Jobs'.

    That said, shareholders generally want the (financial) interests of those running their companies (e.g. CEOs) to be aligned with their own (financial) interests. So boards aren't typically going to agree to little or no compensation for CEOs unless those CEOs already have significant (financial) interests in the companies they're running - e.g., because they already own substantial amounts of equity in the companies.
    edited March 2022 dewmeAlex_Vfastasleepjony0crowley
  • Reply 11 of 11
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,426member
    cp- said:
    To anyone saying Tim deserves the money: you reckon Steve Jobs didn’t? Anyone remember how much was Steve’s Salary? $1. Yepp, a single dollar.. 😊

    But of course it is up to each CEO to decide to do similar stuff or get paid proportionally to how well the company is doing.
    Imagine thinking Jobs only made $1 in compensation.
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