August 19, 2020


Consumer Staples Companies’ Responses to COVID-19




Melissa Burek
Founding Partner [email protected] 212-921-9354
Joanna Czyzewski
Principal [email protected] 646-486-9746
Joshua Hovden
[email protected] 212-921-9350


Compensation Advisory Partners (CAP) assessed human capital actions taken by companies in the Consumer Staples sector in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Key findings include:

  • The Consumer Staples sector was moderately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with 36% of companies in the S&P 1500 taking human capital actions.
  • Food and Staples Retailing companies reported the most actions – many of which were positive for employees: expanded paid time off and health care benefits, one-time bonuses and additional pay for on-site workers, and workforce expansions
  • The five most prevalent human capital actions by the Consumer Staples sector are additional payments for on-site employees (non-executives), expanded benefits programs, one-time bonuses for non-executives, furloughs of employees, and workforce expansions.
  • Only a handful of companies in the sector reported executive salary reductions:
    • Median salary reductions were 28% for CEOs and 25% for other executives.
    • For boards of directors, pay was cut by a median of 50%.

The PDF of the report provides additional data for the Consumer Staples sector.
The human capital actions that CAP is tracking include pay cuts; changes to annual and long-term incentives; furloughs; workforce reductions; suspended 401K matches; enhanced health and welfare benefits; additional pay for frontline workers; pay continuity; and workforce expansions. CAP will continue to monitor corporate public announcements of COVID-19 actions.