CEO Gives Back $2 Million Bonus Because 'He Does Not Believe That He Should Receive Such An Award'

Lumberjack wood cutting saw sportsWikimedia CommonsThe lumber industry has been cut down over the past two years, and execs are feeling the pain.

Executive bonuses oftengetridiculous

In light of that, Plum Creek Timber Co.’s CEO Rick Holley just did something quite admirable.

He gave back 44,445 restricted stock units, worth nearly $US2 million. 

According to a regulatory filing, “Mr. Holley elected to return the restricted stock units because he does not believe that he should receive such an award unless Plum Creek’s stockholders see an increase in their investment return.” 

Plum Creek has hit some choppy water. 

As observed by Dan Primack on Fortune, the timber company has had flat revenue for two years, with net income expected to fall this fiscal year.

“It’s hard to remember the last time a CEO voluntarily gave up stock as a sort of apologia to disappointed investors,” Primack says. 

If an exec does anything with their bonus other than squirrel it away, they often redistribute the money to their hardworking teams as a massive high five. 

In 2013, for example, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing shared $US3.25 million of his bonus with employees — equivalent to a month’s salary for many Chinese workers — as a toast to the company’s setting sales records two years in a row.

That same year, Next CEO Lord Wolfson gave his $US3.7 million bonus to his employees as “a gesture of thanks and appreciation from the company for the hard work and commitment you have given to Next over the past three years and through some very tough times.”

If Plum Creek can turn it around, maybe Holley can use his bonus for a celebratory share, too. 

NOW WATCH: Ideas videos

Business Insider Emails & Alerts

Site highlights each day to your inbox.

Follow Business Insider Australia on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.