Principles of profit sharing for the Management Board
A short-term incentive (STI) is offered in which a one-off payment is made based on the relevant earnings situation if the specified individual objectives for the payment of the incentive have been met. The STI comprises a variable remuneration component which is paid beginning with the 2017 financial year, partly in the following year and partly after three years (the “deferred component”). A long-term incentive (LTI) is also provided in parallel as a share-based payment arrangement with cash settlement, and this provides for one-off payments after a period of four years in each case based on virtual investments in UNIQA shares each year and the performance of UNIQA shares, the P&C Net Combined Ratio, and the return on risk capital over the period. Maximum limits are agreed. This LTI is subject to an obligation on the members of the Management Board to make an annual investment in UNIQA shares with a holding period of four years in each case. The system complies with Rule 27 of the Austrian Code of Corporate Governance.
Following the Solvency II requirements for remuneration policy for board members, payment of the STI shall be made in two stages. One part will be paid out directly after the determination of earnings, and the remainder will be allocated. Upon a positive sustainability audit for the vesting period, this amount will be paid out three years later. The STI is thereby designed to ensure an appropriate balance between fixed and variable remuneration elements.
Principles and requirements for the company pension scheme provided for the Management Board
UNIQA has agreed retirement pensions, occupational disability benefits and surviving dependants’ pensions for the members of the Management Board. The beneficiaries’ actual pension entitlements are a contractual arrangement with Valida Pension AG, which is responsible for managing the pensions. The retirement pension generally becomes due for payment when the beneficiary reaches 65 years of age. The pension entitlement is reduced in the event of an earlier retirement, with the pension eligible for payment once the beneficiary reaches the age of 60 at the earliest. In the case of the occupational disability pension and survivor’s benefits, basic amounts are provided as a minimum pension.
The pension fund at Valida Pension AG is funded by UNIQA through ongoing contributions from management board members. Compensation payments to Valida Pension AG are mandatory if members of the Management Board resign before reaching 65 years of age (calculated duration of premium payments to avoid over-financing).
Principles for vested rights and entitlements of the Management Board in the event of termination of their position
Termination payments have been agreed based on the former provisions of the Austrian Salaried Employee Act. These termination payments, which are made if the employment contract of a member of the Management Board is terminated prematurely, comply with the criteria set out in Rule 27a of the Austrian Code of Corporate Governance. The member of the Management Board generally retains his or her pension entitlements if his or her position is terminated, but the entitlements are subject to curtailment rules.
Essential principles of remuneration policy for the companies included in the consolidation (UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen AG, UNIQA International AG and all international insurance subsidiaries)
Bearing in mind the UNIQA business strategy, as well as legal and regulatory requirements, UNIQA’s remuneration policy aims to create a direct connection between the company’s economic goals and board member remuneration. Thus, in addition to the base salary, there is a performance-based, variable remuneration component (STI) which is regularly compared to the external market. This is a bonus payment that depends on the attainment of agreed qualitative and quantitative objectives in the relevant financial year. An essential criterion for determining and formulating the objectives is that they support UNIQA’s Group strategy and are therefore in harmony with the overall strategic orientation. The structure of the total remuneration – the ratio of the basic salary to the variable salary – depends on the respective position. In principle, the variable portion of the total remuneration increases with the size of the area of responsibility. The sustainability of the business activity and its contribution to sustainable corporate growth is an essential component. This is incentivised by delaying the payment of a portion of the STI.
The Solvency II requirements for the remuneration policy for board members are met by the above. Furthermore, the Management Boards of UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen AG and UNIQA International AG (insofar as they do not have a claim as an identical board member of UNIQA Insurance Group AG) are included in the long-term incentive programme described above.