The three standing committees, Finance, Audit and Compensation, meet on a regular basis. An ad-hoc committee is constituted to appoint new Board of Directors and Group Executive Board members. You can find details here of the committees' competences and their members as per 6 April 2016.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, the Finance Committee prepares information on transaction business, for example, in connection with establishing or dissolving significant Group companies, acquiring or disposing of significant shareholdings, or entering into or terminating strategic alliances. The committee also acts in an advisory capacity on matters relating to major investments and divestments. The Finance Committee has the ultimate decision-making authority when it comes to approving rules of procedure and directives in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Venturing.
The Audit Committee handles all financial management business (for example, accounting, financial controlling, financial planning and financing), assurance (risk management, the internal control system, compliance and the internal audit) and the external audit. It also handles matters dealt with by the Board of Directors that call for specific financial expertise (the dividend policy, for example). The Committee is therefore the Board of Directors’ most important controlling instrument and is responsible for monitoring the Group-wide assurance functions. It formulates positions on business matters which lie within the decision-making authority of the Board of Directors and has the final say on those business matters for which it has the corresponding competence.
The Compensation Committee handles all business matters of the Board of Directors concerning remuneration, submits proposals to the Board of Directors in this context, and, within the framework of the approved total remuneration, is empowered to decide upon the remuneration of the individual Group Executive Board members (with the exception of the CEO). Neither the CEO nor the other members of the Group Executive Board are entitled to participate in meetings at which their remuneration is discussed or decided.
The Nomination Committee is formed on an ad-hoc basis for the purpose of preparing the groundwork for electing new members to the Board of Directors and the Group Executive Board. The Committee is presided over by the Chairman and the composition is determined on a case-by-case basis. The committee carries out its work based on a specific requirements profile defined by the Board of Directors and presents suitable candidates to the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors elects the members of the Group Executive Board or decides upon the motion to be submitted to the Annual General Meeting and approval of members of the Board of Directors.