The Board recognises its responsibility for the proper management of the Company and is committed to maintaining a high standard of corporate governance. The Directors recognise the importance of sound corporate governance commensurate with the size and nature of the Company and the interests of its Shareholders. The Corporate Governance Code does not apply to companies admitted to trading on AIM and there is no formal alternative for AIM companies. The Quoted Companies Alliance has published the QCA Code, which includes a standard of minimum best practice for AIM companies, and recommendations for reporting corporate governance matters. The Directors take into account the Corporate Governance Code (and the QCA Code), to the extent they consider it appropriate and having regard to the size and resources of the Company.
The Board is responsible for formulating, reviewing and approving the Group’s strategy, budgets and corporate actions. The Company holds Board meetings at least four times each financial year and at other times as and when required.
ANTI-CORRUPTION AND BRIBERY POLICY
The Company has adopted an anti-corruption and bribery policy which applies to the Directors. It generally sets out their responsibilities in observing and upholding a zero tolerance position on bribery and corruption in all the jurisdictions in which the Company operates as well as providing guidance on how to recognise and deal with bribery and corruption issues and the potential consequences. The Company expects all employees, suppliers, contractors and consultants to conduct their day-to-day business activities in a fair, honest and ethical manner, be aware of and refer to this policy in all of their business activities worldwide and to conduct business on the Company’s behalf in compliance with it.
The Company has established a remuneration committee and an audit committee with formally delegated duties and responsibilities.
The Audit Committee has primary responsibility for monitoring the quality of internal controls and ensuring that the financial performance of the Company is properly measured and reported on. It receives and reviews reports from the Company’s management and auditors relating to the interim and annual accounts and the accounting and internal control systems in use throughout the Company. The Audit Committee is responsible for keeping under review the scope and results of the audit, its cost effectiveness and the independence and objectivity of the auditors. It also has responsibility for public reporting and internal controls. The Audit Committee also monitors the Company’s compliance with the AIM Rules for Companies and ensures that procedures, resources and controls are in place to ensure the Company’s compliance with the AIM Rules for Companies.
The Remuneration Committee reviews the performance of the Directors and makes recommendations to the Board on matters relating to their remuneration and terms of employment. Under its terms of reference, it meets at least once a year and is responsible for ensuring that the Directors are fairly rewarded (which extends to all aspects of remuneration) for their individual contribution to the overall performance of the Company.
SHARE DEALING CODE
The Company has adopted a share dealing policy which sets out the requirements and procedures for the Board in any of its AIM securities in accordance with the provisions of MAR and of the AIM Rules for Companies.