The group aims to operate to high standards of moral and ethical behavior. All members of the board fully support the value and importance of good corporate governance and in our accountability to all of the company’s stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers (including patients and healthcare professionals), distributors, suppliers, regulators and the wider community.
The corporate governance framework which the group has set out, including board leadership and effectiveness, remuneration and internal control, is based upon practices which the board believes are proportionate to the risks inherent to the size and complexity of group operations.
The board considers it appropriate to adopt the principles of the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code (“the QCA Code”) published in April 2018. The extent of compliance with the ten principles that comprise the QCA Code, together with an explanation of any areas of non-compliance, and any steps taken or intended to move towards full compliance, are set out in the link below:
The Board has three standing committees:
The Audit Committee meets as required, but at least twice a year. In addition to reviewing the Annual Report and Financial Statements and the Interim Report prior to their submission to the Board for approval, it keeps the scope, cost effectiveness, independence and objectivity of the external auditors under review. This includes monitoring the level of non-audit fees.
The committee routinely meets for discussion with the external auditors, who attend its meetings, as required.
The Committee is responsible for determination of the remuneration and remuneration policy for the Company’s executive directors and senior executives.
The Nominations Committee considers succession planning, reviews the structure, size and composition of the Board and nominates candidates to fill Board vacancies.