Charles Schwab dumps Hawaii employee-award trip citing ‘reputational risks’

Mark Calvey
Charles Schwab dumps Hawaii employee-award trip citing ‘reputational risks’

Charles Schwab told employees it’s scrapping an annual trip to Hawaii or other popular destinations for high-performing employees, saying the event was rooted in “a different era” and now poses “significant reputational risks,” the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a company email to employees. In place of next year’s trip to Hawaii for about 200 employees, the company will give those making the Chairman’s Club an after-tax check for $5,000 and a paid week off. Ending the Hawaii trip reflects how no expense is overlooked in an era when Schwab faces pricing pressures from a new generation of competitors, such as Menlo Park-based Robinhood, with commission-free stock trades and margin rates on most loans about half of what Schwab charges.