Throughout the year, the Company complied with the provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code (the “Code”) published by the Financial Reporting Council in May 2010.
The Company’s approach to corporate governance
The Company has a policy of seeking to comply with established best practice in the field of corporate governance. The Board has adopted core values and global policies which set out the behaviour expected of staff in their dealings with shareholders, customers, colleagues, suppliers and others who engage with the Company. The values which employees are expected to display were refreshed during the year.
The Board’s responsibilities and processes
The Board is responsible to shareholders for the overall management of the Group and may exercise all the powers of the Company subject to the provisions of relevant statutes, the Company’s Articles of Association and any directions given by special resolution of the shareholders. The Articles of Association empower the Board to offer, allot, grant options over or otherwise deal with or dispose of the Company’s shares as the Board may decide. The Companies Act 2006 authorises the Company to make market purchases of its own shares if the purchase has first been authorised by a resolution of the Company.