"Following the demerger in December 2012, the Board of Vesuvius plc has established a sound corporate governance structure for the new stand-alone business."
JOHN MCDONOUGH CBE, CHAIRMAN
Maintaining good governance is a key priority for Vesuvius and much of the framework we have adopted builds on the solid structure that Cookson Group plc had set out in this regard prior to the demerger. The Corporate Governance Report provides a detailed review of the Company's approach and the systems we have put in place.
As reported in my Chairman's statement we have built a strong Board for the new Company. We are delighted to have welcomed two women onto the Board, Nelda Connors and Jane Hinkley. We continue to look at diversity in its broadest sense; this is reflected in the range of backgrounds and experience of our Board members. We believe that it is important to get the right balance of independence, skills and knowledge, both on the Board and across our businesses. All our Board appointments have been, and will continue to be, made on merit to ensure that at all times we have the most effective team to lead the Company in delivering long-term shareholder value.
As Chairman, I recognise my role in ensuring that the Company is led by an effective Board. Key to this is not only the calibre of the Directors appointed, but also ensuring they attain an appropriate understanding of the business, continue to refresh their skills and knowledge and are able to devote sufficient time to their roles. It is also important that there be clear definition and structure of the Board's ongoing responsibilities and priorities. It is critical that open and transparent debate is encouraged, and that the Non-executive Directors work effectively with the management team to achieve long-term success.
Risk Management and Controls
The Board recognises the importance of maintaining a keen focus on risk. Its annual review for 2012 of the effectiveness of the Group's system of risk management and internal control covered the whole of the year, including a review of the results of the work of the Internal Audit function and the senior management's self-certification exercise. This process required senior financial and operational management throughout the Group to certify the effectiveness of internal controls within the businesses for which they are responsible, together with their compliance throughout the whole year with the Group's (and Cookson's, as appropriate) policies and procedures.
In setting the remuneration policy and structure for the new Group, we were mindful of the current environment around executive remuneration and the need to clearly link pay to the delivery of performance. We set out more details on our approach in our Remuneration Report.
JOHN McDONOUGH CBE
28 March 2013
The Board of Vesuvius plc ("the Company"), is responsible for the Group's system of corporate governance and is committed to maintaining high standards. In preparation for the Company's listing following the demerger of Cookson Group, a full review of corporate governance arrangements was undertaken. These arrangements were summarised in the prospectus relating to the Company's listing published on 1 November 2012. This report describes the Company's corporate governance structure and explains how Vesuvius plc has applied the main principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code issued by the Financial Reporting Council in June 2010 ("the Code") since the date of its incorporation (17 September 2012) to 31 December 2012. The report also explains how the Company plans to apply the main principles of the Code going forward.
For the period from incorporation to listing on 17 December 2012, the Company did not comply with the provisions of the Code. The Board believes that, for the period from 17 December to 31 December 2012, with the exception of completing the Directors' induction and undertaking a Board evaluation, which were not possible given the time available, Vesuvius plc has complied with the relevant provisions of the Code.