Compensation report

The employees of the Sonova Group help people to hear the world, thereby changing lives. For Sonova our people are essential: to succeed in the market and deliver the best products and services, we need to be a strong team working together with, and for, our customers and shareholders. This is why we strive to attract, retain and develop skilled, dedicated, and ambitious colleagues who continuously improve and grow the company for all our stakeholders.

This compensation report describes Sonovaʼs compensation principles, system, and key components, as well as the method of determining the compensation of members of the Board of Directors and the Management Board. It also explains the roles, responsibilities, and governance procedures involved in the design, approval, and implementation of compensation plans. Furthermore, it provides information on the organization of the Board of Directors. More information on topics such as Board composition, independence, diversity, competence, evaluation, and risk and compliance management, as well as corporate responsibility, can be found in the corporate governance report.

The compensation report provides the context for the shareholder votes on the compensation of the Board of Directors and the Management Board, submitted for approval at the 2021 Annual General Shareholdersʼ Meeting (AGM). This report includes COVID-19 related measures on their compensation.

It has the following structure:

  1. Introduction by the Chair of the Nomination and Compensation Committee
  2. Compensation policy and principles
  3. Compensation governance
  4. Compensation components and system
  5. Compensation for the financial year
  6. Share ownership information

For ease of reference, abbreviations are also summarized in a glossary at the end of this report.