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The members of the Nomination Committee represent around CORPORATE GOVERNANCE 48.0 percent of the votes in AAK. The decision also included the opportunity to change the composition of the Nomination Committee in the event of a change in ownership. During the year, the Nomination Committee held one minuted meeting. At this meeting, the Chairman reported on the evaluation work, whereupon 80 Shareholders Annual General Meeting Board of Directors CEO and Group Management Group Functions Business Areas Food Ingredients Chocolate & Confectionery Fats Technical Products & Feed Nomination committee Remuneration Committee External Audit Audit Committee the Nomination Committee discussed any changes and new recruitment. The Nomination Committee has been contactable by letter with proposals from shareholders. The members of the Nomination Committee have not received any remuneration from AAK for their work. Shareholders who wish to contact the Nomination Committee can send letters addressed to AAK AB (publ.), Valberedningen, Skrivaregatan 9, SE-215 32 Malmö, Sweden. The Board of Directors and its activities The tasks of the Board are regulated in the Swedish Companies Act and the Articles of Association. In addition to this, the work of the Board is regulated by the working practices adopted by the Board each year. The procedural rules of the Board also regulate the distribution of work and responsibilities between the Board, the Chairman of the Board and the CEO and also include procedures IRU¿QDQFLDOUHSRUWLQJE\WKH&(2WRWKH%RDUG$FFRUGLQJWRWKH current working practices, the Board shall meet at least six times each year, including a statutory meeting following election held immediately after the Annual General Meeting. The tasks of the Board shall include setting strategies, business plans, budgets, interim reports and year-end reports for AAK. The Board shall also monitor the work of the CEO, appoint and dismiss the CEO and decide on important changes to AAK’s organization and operation. The most important tasks of the Board are to set the overriding goals for the company’s operation and to decide on the company’s strategy for achieving the goals; to ensure the company has an effective executive management team and appropriate remuneration terms; to ensure the transparency and accuracy of the company’s external reporting; and that external reporting provides a fair SUHVHQWDWLRQRIWKHFRPSDQ\¶VSHUIRUPDQFHSUR¿WDELOLW\DQG¿QDQ- FLDOSRVLWLRQDQGHSRVXUHWRULVNWRPRQLWRUWKH¿QDQFLDOUHSRUWLQJ including instructions to the CEO and the establishment of require- PHQWVIRUWKHFRQWHQWRIWKH¿QDQFLDOUHSRUWLQJWREHVXEPLWWHGWR the Board on a continuous basis; to ensure the company’s insider policy and logging procedures are adhered to in accordance with legislation and the guidelines of the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority; to ensure there are effective systems for follow-up and FRQWURORIWKHFRPSDQ\¶VRSHUDWLRQDODQG¿QDQFLDOSRVLWLRQDJDLQVW set goals; to follow up and evaluate the company’s development and to recognize and support the work of the CEO in carrying out WKHUHTXLUHGPHDVXUHVWRHQVXUHWKHUHLVVXI¿FLHQWFRQWURORIWKH company’s compliance with legislation and other rules applicable to the operation of the company, to ensure the required ethical guidelines are set for the company’s behaviour; and to propose to the Annual General Meeting any dividend, repurchase of shares, redemption or other proposals falling within the competence of the Annual General Meeting. The Chairman of the Board of Directors is responsible for evaluating the work of the Board. During 2016, he conducted surveys of the members and, based on this and LQWHUYLHZVLQWKHSUHYLRXV\HDUDQDO\HGWKHSUR¿W7KHSUR¿WZDV then presented and discussed on the Board and on the Nomination Committee as the basis for assessing the size and composition of the Board. The evaluation focused on Board work in general and on the contributions of individual members, including the Chairman of the Board and the CEO. The Board evaluations clearly contributed to continued development of the work of the Board and the committees. Composition of the Board Under the Articles of Association, AAK’s Board shall consist of at least three and at most ten members. The current Board FRQVLVWVRI¿YHPHPEHUVHOHFWHGE\WKH$QQXDO*HQHUDO0HHWLQJ Under Swedish law, employee organizations have a right to be represented on the Board, and have appointed two ordinary members and two deputies. In accordance with the proposal by the Nomination Committee, all six members were re-elected. Melker Schörling was appointed Chairman of the Board. At the statutory Board meeting following the Annual General Meeting, the Board chose to appoint an Audit Committee and a Remuneration Committee. Ulrik Svensson was appointed Chairman of the Audit Committee and Lillie Li Valeur and Märta Schörling Andreen were appointed members. Melker Schörling was appointed Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and Ulrik Svensson was appointed member. Melker Schörling is also Chairman of the Board of Melker Schörling AB (publ.), which holds around 32.9 percent of the votes in AAK. Melker Schörling cannot, therefore, be considered to be LQGHSHQGHQWLQUHODWLRQWRPDMRUVKDUHKROGHUVLQWKH&RPSDQ\ in accordance with the Code. Märta Schörling Andreen is also a member of the Board of Directors of Melker Schörling AB and cannot, therefore, be considered to be independent in relation to $$.¶VPDMRUVKDUHKROGHUV7KH3UHVLGHQWDQG&KLHI(HFXWLYH 2I¿FHU$UQH)UDQNLVLQKLVFDSDFLW\DV&KLHI(HFXWLYH2I¿FHUDQG an employee of the Company, not independent in relation to the Company management. The other two members elected by the AGM, Marianne Kirkegaard and Lillie Li Valeur, are independent in relation to AAK, the Company management and the Company’s PDMRUVKDUHKROGHUVLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWKWKH&RGH 7KH%RDUGWKHUHIRUHIXO¿OVWKHUHTXLUHPHQWRIWKH&RGHWKDWDW least two Board members who are independent of the Company and the Company management shall also be independent of the &RPSDQ\¶VPDMRUVKDUHKROGHUV0LNDHO(NGDKODFWVDVVHFUHWDU\ to the Board. The application and result of the diversity policy are described on the Company’s website in the Nomination Committee’s reasoned statement regarding proposals to the Board of AAK AB (publ.). Working practices The Board’s working practices, containing instructions for the GLYLVLRQRIZRUNEHWZHHQWKH%RDUGDQGWKH&(2DQGIRU¿QDQFLDO reporting, are updated and adopted annually. Board meetings FRQVLGHUWKH¿QDQFLDOUHSRUWLQJDQGPRQLWRULQJRIGD\WRGD\EXVL- QHVVRSHUDWLRQVDQGSUR¿WDELOLW\WUHQGVDVZHOODVJRDOVVWUDWHJLHV IRUWKHEXVLQHVVRSHUDWLRQDFTXLVLWLRQVDQGVLJQL¿FDQWLQYHVWPHQWV and matters relating to capital structure. Business area managers and other senior executives report on business plans and strategic issues on a continual basis.


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