Committees

The Board of Directors established an Audit Committee and decides on the composition, tasks and term of the Audit Committee as well as the appointment and dismissal of its members. The Audit Committee shall consist exclusively of Non-Executive Directors, of which at least half shall be Independent Directors. The responsibilities of the Audit Committee relate to the integrity of the consolidated financial statements, including reporting to the Board of Directors on its activities and the adequacy of internal systems controlling the financial reporting processes, and monitoring the accounting processes. The Audit Committee provides guidance to the Board of Directors on the auditing of the consolidated annual report of the Company and, in particular, shall monitor the independence of the approved independent auditor, the additional services rendered by such auditor, the issuing of the audit mandate to the auditor, the determination of auditing focal points, and the fee agreement with the auditor.

Declaration of Conformity with recommendations C.10, D.3, D.9 and D.11 of the German Corporate Governance Code for use by foreign companies

The Board of Directors established a Risk Committee to assist and provide expert advice to the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities relating to the different types of risks the Company is exposed to, recommend a risk management structure including its organization and processes, as well as assess and monitor effectiveness of the overall risk management. The Risk Committee is supported by the Risk Officer. The Risk Officer’s responsibilities are determined and monitored by the Risk Committee and are guided by the Risk Committee as part of its oversight role pursuant to the Rules of Procedure of the Risk Committee, with the objective of bringing a systematic and disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the culture, capabilities, and practices integrated with strategy-setting and execution. The Risk Committee provides advice on actions of compliance, in particular by reviewing the Company’s procedures for detecting risk, the effectiveness of the Company’s risk management and internal control systems and by assessing the scope and effectiveness of the systems established by the management to identify, assess and monitor risks.

The Board of Directors established a Remuneration Committee. The Remuneration committee shall be composed of Non Executive directors. The Remuneration Committee shall submit proposals regarding the remuneration of executive managers to the Board, ensuring that these proposals are in accordance with the remuneration policy adopted by the Company and the performance evaluation results of the persons concerned. To that end, the committee shall be informed of the total remuneration paid to each member of the executive management by other companies affiliated with the group.

The Nomination Committee is composed of two Independent Directors Ms. Simone Runge-Brandner and Mr. Daniel Malkin

The Board of Directors established a Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee shall be composed of Non-Executive Directors. For every significant position to be filled, the committee will make an evaluation of the existing and required skills, knowledge and experience. Based on this assessment, a description of the role, together with the skills, knowledge and experience required shall be drawn up. As such, the committee shall act in the best interests of the Company, and among others, prepare plans for succession of Directors, evaluate existing and required skills, knowledge, and experience, consider proposals from shareholders, the Board and executive management, and suggest candidates to the Board.

The Nomination Committee is composed of two Independent Directors Ms. Simone Runge-Brandner and Mr. Daniel Malkin

The Company's ESG Steering Committee is made up of the heads of all relevant departments and is chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr Christian Windfurh. The Committee is responsible for providing oversight and strategic guidance with regard to ESG topics, discusses developments in regular committee meetings and provides direction to the Sustainability Department.

Bremen
Bremen
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Halle
Berlin
Berlin
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Cologne
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Leipzig