Recticel publishes its Corporate Governance Charter in accordance with the requirements of the Belgian Corporate Governance Code 2009 (www.corporategovernancecommittee.be). The Charter contains a detailed description of the governance structure and the company's governance policy. The most recent version is dated 26 March 2015.
In accordance with the Belgian Companies Code, the Board of Directors is authorised to undertake all necessary actions to achieve the company's objectives, except those that only the General Meeting is authorised to perform by law. The authority granted to the Board of Directors was not further limited in the articles of the association. The terms of reference of the Board of Directors are described in detail in the Recticel Corporate Governance Charter.
Articles of Association / By-laws
The by-laws stipulate the rules and regulations enacted by Recticel to provide a framework for its operation and management.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is authorised to undertake all the actions necessary to achieve the company’s objectives, except those that only the General Meeting is legally authorised to perform.
The Board of Directors has set up the following committees:
- The Audit Committee, which supervises the financial reporting process, the effectiveness of the company’s internal control and risk management systems, the internal audit, statutory control of annual and consolidated accounts, and the Auditor’s independence. The Audit Committee is also responsible for informing and advising the Board of Directors regarding the annual follow up of internal control and risk management systems.
- The Remuneration and Nomination Committee, which makes proposals to the Board of Directors regarding the remuneration policy and individual remuneration of directors and management. This committee prepares the remuneration report and makes the necessary proposals regarding evaluation, appointment, reappointment and induction of directors.
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The Board of Directors entrusts day-to-day management of the company to its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Olivier Chapelle SPRL/BVBA, represented by its General Manager and permanent representative, Mr. Olivier Chapelle. The CEO is assisted by the Management Committee, which has an advisory role and is not an executive committee in the sense of the Belgian Companies Code. The Management Committee consists of the chief officers and general managers of all business lines and group-wide responsibilities, such as finance, HR, legal, purchasing, IT and sustainable innovation.
|Olivier Chapelle||Chief Executive Officer and Group General Manager Bedding|
|Ralf Becker||Group General Manager Insulation|
|Betty Bogaert||Chief Information Officer|
|Jean-Pierre De Kesel||Chief Sustainable Innovation Officer|
|François Desné||Group General Manager Flexible Foams|
|Bart Massant||Chief Human Resource Officer|
|Jean-Pierre Mellen||Chief Financial Officer|
|Jan Meuleman||Group General Manager Automotive|
|François Petit||Chief Procurement Officer|
|Dirk Verbruggen||General Counsel & General Secretary|
From left to right: Jean-Pierre Mellen, Jan Meuleman, Betty Bogaert, Jean-Pierre De Kesel, François Desné, François Petit, Olivier Chapelle, Bart Massant, Dirk Verbruggen, Ralf Becker
Internal control and risk management
The Board of Directors and Executive Management are responsible for identifying and quantifying risks and setting up and maintaining efficient control mechanisms.
Corporate policies have been developed to cover important principles such as ethics, safety, health and environment, quality, conflicts of interest, antitrust and fraud. These are further explained in our Business Control Guide, which provides concrete and detailed guidelines on the level of tax management, treasury management, accounting policies, investments, purchases, mergers, takeovers and related matters.
The Board of Directors and Executive Management regularly review the most important risks to which the Recticel Group is exposed and submit a list of priorities. A general description of the risks can be found in the financial section of our annual report.
Internal Audit Department
The Internal Audit Department works according to an Internal Audit Charter. Its primary function is to deliver objective opinions about the internal control in place in the Recticel Group. The Internal Audit Department aims to provide reasonable assurance that the strategic, operational, compliance and reporting objectives of the Recticel Group are being realised in the most efficient way.
To this end, they seek to ensure the following objectives:
- Reliability and integrity of information
- Compliance with policies, plans, procedures, laws and agreements
- Safeguarding of assets
- Economical and efficient use of resources
- Goals set by operations and programmes
Recticel has entrusted the external audit of the company and its consolidated accounts to Deloitte Bedrijfsrevisoren. The external auditor conducts audits in accordance with the standards of the Belgian Institute of Company Auditors. The auditor delivers a report which confirms whether the company’s annual accounts and consolidated financial statements are a true reflection of its assets, financial condition and results. The Audit Committee investigates and discusses these bi-annual reports in the presence of the external auditor and, afterwards, with the Board of Directors.