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Equity Administration Survey

Equity's Leading Analysis of Plan Administration Practices

The Equity Administration Survey is your definitive source for benchmarks and trends in the administration of equity programs worldwide. Brought to you by the NASPP and Deloitte Tax LLP, the survey's findings provide a useful tool to help public companies assess their practices against peers and optimize their plan management with data-driven guidance. The study's scope spans:

Administrative Policies and Procedures

An in-depth look at recordkeeping, grant guidelines and approval procedures, processing of equity transactions, and tax compliance procedures.

Key Questions Answered:

  • Which departments are involved in plan management?
  • Which functions are commonly outsourced?
  • How do companies manage tax compliance for mobile employees?
  • What are best practices for tax withholding?
  • What factors determine grant eligibility and size?
  • How frequently are grants approved and issued?
Insider Trading Compliance

Examining how companies structure and manage insider trading compliance programs, including pre-clearance policies and trading windows.

Key Questions Answered:

  • Which employees are subject to trading windows?
  • How long are trading windows closed?
  • What transactions are allowed during closed windows?
  • Which employees are subject to pre-clearance requirements?
  • Are ESPP enrollments subject to pre-clearance?
  • Which departments oversee insider trading compliance?
Participant Education

Defining what is best-in-class participant education, including how online training tools, video, social media, in-person meetings, and other channels are used.

Key Questions Answered:

  • How do companies enforce grant acceptance requirements?
  • What tax education is provided to plan participants?
  • Are educational materials translated into local languages?
  • What mediums do companies use to educate employees?
  • How have participant education programs evolved in response to the pandemic?
  • Are companies using and producing video?
Global Administration

Assessing admin practices on a global scale across 22 countries, including tax compliance, employee mobility, data privacy, and more.

Countries Included:

Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, EU, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom

Last Conducted: April-May 2022
Next Edition: Spring 2025

Access to Survey Results

The 2022 survey results are exclusively available to:

  • All survey participants
  • All NASPP members at participating companies
  • NASPP members from service provider companies who were ineligible to participate in the survey

2022 Survey Highlights

All NASPP members can view the following resources highlighting the results of the survey.




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