OpenDNA Limited Corporate Governance Statement
ASX Corporate Governance Council Principles and Recommendations
The Company has adopted comprehensive systems of control and accountability as the basis for the administration of corporate governance. The Board is committed to administering the policies and procedures with openness and integrity, pursuing the true spirit of corporate governance commensurate with the Company's needs.
To the extent applicable, the Company has adopted The Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations (3rd Edition) as published by ASX Corporate Governance Council (Recommendations).
In light of the Company’s size and nature, the Board considers that the current board is a cost effective and practical method of directing and managing the Company. As the Company’s activities develop in size, nature and scope, the size of the Board and the implementation of additional corporate governance policies and structures will be reviewed.
The Company’s main corporate governance policies and practices in place throughout the year are outlined below and in detail in the table following. The Company’s full Corporate Governance Plan is available in a dedicated corporate governance information section of the Company’s website www.opendna.ai.
Board of directors
The Board is responsible for corporate governance of the Company. The Board develops strategies for the Company, reviews strategic objectives and monitors performance against those objectives. The goals of the corporate governance processes are to:
- maintain and increase Shareholder value;
- ensure a prudential and ethical basis for the Company’s conduct and activities; and
- ensure compliance with the Company’s legal and regulatory objectives.
Consistent with these goals, the Board assumes the following responsibilities:
- developing initiatives for profit and asset growth;
- reviewing the corporate, commercial and financial performance of the Company on a regular basis;
- acting on behalf of, and being accountable to, the Shareholders; and
- identifying business risks and implementing actions to manage those risks and corporate systems to assure quality.
The Company is committed to the circulation of relevant materials to Directors in a timely manner to facilitate Directors’ participation in the Board discussions on a fully-informed basis.
Composition of the Board
Election of Board members is substantially the province of the Shareholders in general meeting.
Identification and management of risk
The Board’s collective experience will enable accurate identification of the principal risks that may affect the Company’s business. Key operational risks and their management will be recurring items for deliberation at Board meetings.
Independent professional advice
Subject to the Chairman’s approval (not to be unreasonably withheld), the Directors, at the Company’s expense, may obtain independent professional advice on issues arising in the course of their duties.
The Board is committed to the establishment and maintenance of appropriate ethical standards.
The remuneration of an executive Director will be decided by the Board, without the affected executive Director participating in that decision-making process.
The total maximum remuneration of non-executive Directors is initially set by the Constitution and subsequent variation is by ordinary resolution of Shareholders in general meeting in accordance with the Constitution, the Corporations Act and the ASX Listing Rules, as applicable. The determination of non-executive Directors’ remuneration within that maximum will be made by the Board having regard to the inputs and value to the Company of the respective contributions by each non-executive Director. The current amount has been set at an amount not to exceed $350,000 per annum.
In addition, a Director may be paid fees or other amounts (i.e. subject to any necessary Shareholder approval, non-cash performance incentives such as Options) as the Directors determine where a Director performs special duties or otherwise performs services outside the scope of the ordinary duties of a Director.
Directors are also entitled to be paid reasonable travelling, hotel and other expenses incurred by them respectively in or about the performance of their duties as Directors.
The Board reviews and approves the remuneration policy to enable the Company to attract and retain executives and Directors who will create value for Shareholders having consideration to the amount considered to be commensurate for a company of its size and level of activity as well as the relevant Directors’ time, commitment and responsibility. The Board is also responsible for reviewing any employee incentive and equity-based plans including the appropriateness of performance hurdles and total payments proposed.
The Board has adopted a diversity policy which provides a framework for the Company to achieve, amongst other things, a diverse and skilled workforce, a workplace culture characterised by inclusive practices and behaviours for the benefit of all staff, improved employment and career development opportunities for women and a work environment that values and utilises the contributions of employees with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
The Board has adopted a policy that sets out the guidelines on the sale and purchase of securities in the Company by its Directors, Employees and Consultants. The policy generally provides that the written acknowledgement of the Chair man, or Managing Director if the Chairman is not available, (or the Board in the case of the Chairman) must be obtained prior to trading.
The Company in general meetings is responsible for the appointment of the external auditors of the Company, and the Board from time to time will review the scope, performance and fees of those external auditors.
The Company will not have a separate audit committee until such time as the Board is of a sufficient size and structure, and the Company’s operations are of a sufficient magnitude for a separate committee to be of benefit to the Company.
In the meantime, the full Board will carry out the duties that would ordinarily be assigned to that committee pursuant to the Audit and Risk Management Committee Charter, including but not limited to, monitoring and reviewing any matters of significance affecting financial reporting and compliance, the integrity of the financial reporting of the Company, the Company’s internal financial control system and risk management systems and the external audit function.
The Company will not have a separate remuneration committee until such time as the Board is of a sufficient size and structure, and the Company’s operations are of a sufficient magnitude for a separate committee to be of benefit to the Company.
The full Board will carry out the duties that would ordinarily be assigned to that committee, ensuring that the level and composition of remuneration provided to attract and retain high quality directors and employees is commercially appropriate and targeted to align with the interests of the Company whilst not resulting in a conflict with the objectivity of its Independent Directors.
The Board will ensure that no Director or Senior Executive will be involved in deciding his or her own remuneration.
The Board has not adopted a formal Remuneration Committee Charter.
The Company will not have a separate nomination committee until such time as the Board is of a sufficient size and structure, and the Company’s operations are of a sufficient magnitude for a separate committee to be of benefit to the Company.
The full Board will carry out the duties that would ordinarily be assigned to that committee ensuring that the composition of the Board is appropriate, consider succession issues and inducting and evaluating the performance of the Board and its Committees.
The Board has not adopted a formal Nomination Committee Charter.
The Company will not initially form a separate committee to oversee risk and internal control.
Ultimate responsibility for risk management will rest with the full Board which monitors and manages material risks at each Board Meeting where it considers the Company’s Risk Matrix.
The Company manages risk pursuant to the Audit and Risk Management Charter and its Risk Management Policy.
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