This excerpt taken from the ALL DEF 14A filed Mar 27, 2006.
Compensation and Succession Committee Report
The Compensation and Succession Committee of the Board administers Allstate's executive compensation program. Our committee is composed entirely of independent, non-employee directors as determined by Allstate's Board, based on applicable law, the New York Stock Exchange listing standards and Allstate's Director Independence Standards as in effect at the time of determination. The committee charter and Director Independence Standards can be found in the Corporate Governance section of Allstate's website, allstate.com.
Our primary role is to oversee the design, implementation and execution of a program for the selection and compensation of Allstate's executives, including its named executive officers.