Role of Professionals in Board Committees

19/10/2022 0 By indiafreenotes

Committees appointed by the Board focus on specific areas and take informed decisions within the framework of delegated authority, and make specific recommendations to the Board on matters in their areas or purview. All decisions and recommendations of the committees are placed before the Board for information or for approval.

To enable better and more focused attention on the affairs of the Corporation, the board delegates particular matters to the committees of the board set up for the purpose. Committees review items in great detail before it is placed before the Board for its consideration. These committees prepare the groundwork for decision making and report at the subsequent board meeting.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee shall assist the Board of Directors in the oversight of

(1) The integrity of the financial statements of the Company,

(2) The effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting,

(3) The independent registered public accounting firm’s qualifications and independence,

(4) The performance of the Company’s internal audit function and independent registered public accounting firms,

(5) The Company’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements,

(6) The performance of the Company’s compliance function.

The role of a Remuneration Committee is:

  • To decide and approve the terms and conditions for appointment of executive directors and/ or whole time Directors and Remuneration payable to other Directors and matters related thereto.
  • To recommend to the Board, the remuneration packages of the Company’s Managing/Joint Managing/ Deputy Managing/Whole time / Executive Directors, including all elements of remuneration package (i.e. salary, benefits, bonuses, perquisites, commission, incentives, stock options, pension, retirement benefits, details of fixed component and performance linked incentives along with the performance criteria, service contracts, notice period, severance fees etc.);
  • To be authorized at its duly constituted meeting to determine on behalf of the Board of Directors and on behalf of the shareholders with agreed terms of reference, the Company’s policy on specific remuneration packages for Company’s Managing/Joint Managing/ Deputy Managing/ Whole-time/ Executive Directors, including pension rights and any compensation payment;
  • To implement, supervise and administer any share or stock option scheme of the Company.
  • to review the overall compensation policy, service agreements and other employment conditions to Executive Directors and senior executives just below the Board of Directors and make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors;
  • to review the overall compensation policy for Non-Executive Directors and Independent Directors and make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors;
  • to make recommendations to the Board of Directors on the increments in the remuneration of the Directors;
  • to assist the Board in developing and evaluating potential candidates for senior executive positions and to oversee the development of executive succession plans;
  • to review and approve on annual basis the corporate goals and objectives with respect to compensation for the senior executives and make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors;
  • to review and make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors on an annual basis the evaluation process and compensation structure for our Company’s officers just below the level of the Board of Directors;
  • to provide oversight of the management’s decisions concerning the performance and compensation of other officers of our Company;

Risk Committee:

The committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Review and approve for recommendation to the board a risk management policy and plan developed by management. The risk policy and plan are reviewed annually.
  • Monitor implementation of the risk policy and plan, ensuring an appropriate enterprise- wide risk management system is in place with adequate and effective processes that include strategy, ethics, operations, reporting, compliance, IT and sustainability.
  • Make recommendations to the board on risk indicators, levels of risk tolerance and appetite.
  • Monitor that risks are reviewed by management, and that management’s responses to identified risks are within board-approved levels of risk tolerance.
  • Ensure risk management assessments are performed regularly by management.
  • Issue a formal opinion to the board on the effectiveness of the system and process of risk management.
  • Review reporting on risk management that is to be included in the integrated annual report.
  • Review annually the charters of the group’s significant subsidiary companies’ risk committees, and their annual assessment of compliance with these charters to establish if the Naspers committee can rely on the work of these risk committees.
  • Perform an annual self-assessment of the effectiveness of the committee, reporting these indings to the board.

The roles for an Ethics Committee are:

  • Contribute to the continuing definition of the organization’s ethics and compliance standards and procedures.
  • Assume responsibility for overall compliance with those standards and procedures.
  • Oversee the use of due care in delegating discretionary responsibility.
  • Communicate the organization’s ethics and compliance standards and procedures, ensuring the effectiveness of that communication.
  • Monitor and audit compliance.
  • Oversee enforcement, including the assurance that discipline is uniformly applied.
  • Take the steps necessary to ensure that the organization learns from its experiences.