Governance is not just about adherence to a set of recommendations. It is a way of doing business and is paramount in everything we do.
The Company has developed a Board Charter which sets out the Board’s strategic intent and outlines the Board’s roles, powers, and responsibilities, and for those which it delegates to the Management, thus setting the tone for the various Board Committees.
The Board recognises that diversity is one of the key drivers to enhance board effectiveness as diversity broadens the debate within the Board. The Board Composition Policy provides that diversity in terms of skills, background, knowledge, international and industry experience, culture, independence, age and gender, among many other factors, will be taken into consideration when seeking to appoint a new Director to the Board so as to bring relevant perspectives to Board discussions.
The Board Committees are established to assist the Board in the discharge of its statutory and fiduciary responsibilities. There are three Board Committees, namely Governance & Audit Committee, Nomination & Remuneration Committee and Risk Management Committee. Their functions and roles are as follows:
- Ensures effective corporate governance, internal control, and external financial reporting practices.
- Oversee the remit and work of internal auditors.
- Ensure an objective and professional relationship with the external auditors
- Manages the nomination and remuneration process for the various Board and Board Committees and other pivotal management positions within the company.
- Recommend members for appointments to the Board and Board Committees and to ensure appropriate assessment of Directors on an ongoing basis. The NRC shall consider and recommend to the Board the following selection criteria for new appointment as Directors of Sime Darby Berhad:
- Skills, knowledge, expertise and experience;
- Time commitment, character, professionalism, and integrity;
- Perceived ability to work cohesively with other members of the Board;
- Specialist knowledge or technical skills in line with the company’s strategy;
- Diversity in age, gender and experience/background; and
- Number of directorship in companies outside of Sime Darby Berhad.
- Recommends to the Board the composition of the Board which must comprise a majority of independent directors where the Chairman of the Board is not an independent director. The nomination of new members of the Board is deliberated upon by the Board as a whole.
- Administers the Long Term Incentive Plan function including any incentive plan implemented or to be implemented by the company.
- Ensures that the risk management function for the company is functioning effectively and that there are adequate processes in place to manage the key risks affecting the company.
- Reviews investments proposals which are considered significant from a risk perspective (in line with the limits of authority).