This excerpt taken from the SWY DEF 14A filed Apr 2, 2008.
Long-Term Incentive Plan
Like many other companies, we have a long-term incentive plan (LTIP). Generally, the purpose of our LTIP is to encourage our executives to improve the Companys long-term value, while also serving as a method for retaining our executives. Our LTIP involves annual grants of stock options to our executive officers. Compared to other LTIP programs that may involve a mix of cash and equity vehicles, we believe our stock-option-based LTIP most effectively focuses long-term performance on the objective of share price appreciation and aligns the interest of management with that of our stockholders.
Under the LTIP, the Committee makes annual grants of stock options to all executive officers based upon various factors, including the officers base salary, competitive levels of long-term incentive compensation and Company performance over the last several years. The Committee determines appropriate amounts of long-term incentive compensation to be paid to the CEO, the Executive Vice Presidents and the Senior Vice Presidents by examining competitive data ranges of compensation levels around the median peer group level and the binomial value of Company options, and taking into account recent Company performance. The Committee also considers individual factors, in a subjective manner, in determining amounts of long-term incentive compensation, including the executives experience, achievements, leadership, teamwork and value to the Company. We believe that our total direct compensation to executives in 2007 (total cash plus the expected value of these equity awards) was above the median of the peer group, reflecting the fact that we generally outperformed our peer group in recent years.
A table elsewhere in this Proxy Statement shows the stock option grants made to the named executive officers in the 2007 fiscal year.