Declaration of Compliance
Declaration by the Management Board and Supervisory Board of CENTROTEC Sustainable AG, Brilon, on the German Corporate Governance Code (Section 161 of German Stock Corporation Act)
On February 26, 2002 the “Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code” first presented a code of practice for listed companies. This Code was last updated on May 15, 2012. Pursuant to Section 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act, the Management Board and Supervisory Board of a company listed on the stock exchange are obliged to declare once a year whether and to what extent the code has been and is complied with:
Declaration of Compliance
The Management Board and Supervisory Board of CENTROTEC Sustainable AG declare that the recommendations of the “Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code” in the version dated May 26, 2010 and subsequently in the version dated May 15, 2012 are and have been complied with since the last Declaration of Conformity, dated December 2011, with the exceptions stated below.
1) Article 4.2.3 of the Code recommends that the remuneration of the Management Board should comprise a variable as well as a fixed component. The variable component is, among other things, intended to be performance-related, have a multi-year basis of assessment and possess a risk character. The Code quotes stock options schemes, for example. CENTROTEC Sustainable AG has been operating a stock options scheme, applicable not only to Management Board members but also to executive staff and other employees, since 1999. We believe that the scheme reflects the spirit of the Code, but we draw attention to two aspects which might be interpreted as a departure from it.
The Code recommends reference to comparative parameters. The stock options scheme envisages a performance target based on the absolute increase in the share price. This form was chosen in order to provide an incentive for success in absolute rather than relative terms. In addition a cap on the variable remuneration is recommended. In the case of the options, this was realised through allowing their exercise only within a limited time frame (for the last time seven years after issuance). Options received as a result of the attainment of targets are not retrospectively withdrawn by the company, nor the parameters governing them altered. In addition to the aforementioned share price target, the exercising of the options is moreover linked to further internal performance targets in order to preserve a demanding but equitable form of variable remuneration.
2) Article 5.3 of the Code recommends the formation of committees on the Supervisory Board. These shall, however, be dependent on the specific circumstances of the company and the number of members of the Supervisory Board. Our Supervisory Board consists of three members, who consider all matters concerning the company jointly. Consequently, we do not regard the creation of committees to be appropriate in our case. We believe that our view is compatible with the Code, but supply this information as a precautionary measure by way of clarification.
3) Article 5.4.2 of the Code recommends that the Supervisory Board includes an adequate number of members who — in the board’s own opinion — are deemed to be independent. A member is to be regarded as independent if they have no business or personal relations with the company, its corporate bodies, a controlling shareholder or an affiliated company that could constitute a substantial and not merely temporary conflict of interests. In its own opinion, our Supervisory Board includes an adequate number of independent members. Although Supervisory Board members do have business relations with the company, this does not constitute a conflict of interests.
Brilon, December 2012
|On behalf of the Management Board:|
Dr. Gert-Jan Huisman
|On behalf of the Supervisory Board:|
Guido A. Krass