Atria Plc (“Atria” or “the company”) is a Finnish public company, and the responsibilities and obligations of its governing bodies are determined by Finnish law. The parent company, Atria Plc, and its subsidiaries constitute the international Atria Group. The company is domiciled in Kuopio.
Responsibility for the administration and operations of Atria Group lies with the governing bodies of the parent, Atria Plc. These are the General Meeting, the Su-pervisory Board, the Board of Directors and the CEO.
Atria's decision-making and corporate governance comply with the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act, the regulations applicable to publicly listed compa-nies, Atria Plc's Articles of Association, the charters for Atria's Board of Directors and its committee, and the rules and guidelines of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Atria follows the Finnish Corporate Governance Code which took effect on 1 January 2016 (“Corporate Governance Code”). The full Corporate Governance Code is available on the website of the Securities Market Association at www.cgfinland.fi. In accordance with the comply or explain principle, the company departs from the recommendations of the Code as follows (the departures are explained under the relevant points):
- The company has a Supervisory Board.
- As an exception to recommendation 6 of the Corporate Governance Code, the term of office of each Board member is three years in accordance with Atria's Articles of Association.
- As an exception to recommendation 10 of the Corporate Governance Code, only three of eight members of the Board of Directors are independent of the company. It is company’s view that an understanding of Atria’s business requires indepth knowledge of and commitment to the meat industry from the majority of the Board's members.
- As an exception to recommendations 17 and 18a of the Corporate Governance Code, one of the three members on the Nomination and Remuneration Committee is independent of the company. The Nomination and Remuneration Committee is composed of members of the Board of Directors and the majority of the Board members are not independent of the company.
Atria Plc has prepared this Corporate Governance Statement in accordance with the Corporate Governance Code. The Corporate Governance Statement is presented as a report separate from the Report by the Board of Directors.