The Board of Directors is responsible for the administration and the proper organization of the operations of the company. The Board acts in accordance with the Articles of Association and the applicable legislation as well as the instructions and recommendations of the Financial Supervisory Authority and Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. In accordance with the Articles of Association, Vaisala Corporation Board of Directors comprises at least four and maximum eight members. The Annual General Meeting elects all Board members. The Board of Directors elects a Chairman and a Vice Chairman from among its members.
Under the Articles of Association, the term of the Board members is three years. The term begins at the close of the General Meeting in which the member is elected and ends at the close of the third subsequent Annual General Meeting following the member’s election.Corporate Governance Statement 2020
Chairman of the Board
Chairman of the Remuneration and HR Committee
Vice Chairman of the Board
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Board
Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Remuneration and HR Committee
Chairman of the Audit Committee
The primary goal in Board member election is to gather capability, expertise, and experience from various technologies, international relations, global business, and strategically significant industries to the Board of Directors. The Board should be considered as a whole that is capable of managing its tasks and duties in the best possible way. The goal of the election of the members of the Board of Directors is to ensure that the Board supports the development of the company’s current and future business. In addition, the Board should consist of members of both genders, and the members should have the chance to allocate a sufficient amount of time to managing their tasks. The goal is that there is at least 25% representation of both men and women in the Board of Directors.
Vaisala complies with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code 2020 in evaluation of the independence of the members of the Board. The majority of the members of the Board must be independent of the company, and at least two members in this majority must be independent of the company’s major shareholders. The Board of Directors evaluates the independence of the members annually based on an overall evaluation. This evaluation of a member takes into account information and analysis provided by the member himself/herself.
Vaisala Board of Directors in 2020 represents adequate expertise and experience as well as diversity on the established goals. All members of the Board of Directors were independent of the company and of the company’s major shareholders.
Corporate Governance Statement 2020
The Board of Directors convenes at least eight times a year and if otherwise needed. The President and CEO and the Chief Financial Officer also attend Board meetings. The other members of the Management Group attend Board meetings as required on the invitation of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may, on the basis of the Chairman’s decision, establish working groups from among its members in individual cases to prepare the matters allocated for it in order to ensure the effective organization of the Board of Directors’ work.
The Board of Directors operates in accordance with an approved written charter, published on the company’s website. Meetings may, if necessary, be held as conference calls, video meetings, or e-mail meetings. Minutes of the meetings are compiled in English, with annually running numbering. The General Counsel acts as the Secretary of the Board of Directors.
A member of the Board of Directors is not allowed to participate if he/she is biased in that issue between him/her and the company or between the company and a third party when there is a possibility to achieve essential advantage to him/her, which may conflict with the company’s interest.
The members of the Board of Directors are bound by obligations related to commercial and trade secrets as well as by the restrictions and requirements of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) N:o 596/2014 (MAR) and the restrictions and obligations of Vaisala’s Insider Policy. In their decision-making and other activities, the Board and its members must act in accordance with the interest of the company and all its shareholders as well as in accordance with the principles of due care and data protection.
The Board will have a quorum when more than half of the members are present. Decisions are made on a simple majority basis, and when the votes are even, the Chairman has the casting vote. When the votes for election of the Chairman are even, the Chairman is elected by drawing lots.
The President and CEO is responsible for the execution of the Board of Directors’ decisions, oversees their implementation, and reports to the Board on deficiencies or problems observed during the execution.
Main responsibilities of the Board of Directors are
Charter for the Board of Directors
The Board of Directors has two permanent committees: Audit Committee and Remuneration and HR Committee. The members and the chairs of the Committees are appointed annually from among the members of the Board of Directors in accordance with the charter of the respective committee.
The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors in supervising the company’s accounting and asset management, risk management, as well as in organizing internal controls and external and internal audits. The Audit Committee manages its tasks in accordance with the charter approved by the Board of Directors, the Securities Market Association’s Finnish Corporate Governance Code, as well as the applicable laws and regulations. The Audit Committee’s charter is published as part of the charter of the Board of Directors on the company’s website. The Audit Committee reports regularly about its meetings to the Board of Directors.
The Audit Committee comprises at least three members, appointed annually by the Board of Directors from among its members. The members of the committee must be independent of the company, and at least one member must also be independent of significant shareholders of the company. A member of the Audit Committee may not participate in the company’s or its group company’s daily management. Members of the Audit Committee have sufficient expertise and experience in matters forming part of the Audit Committee’s duties and of the mandatory tasks related to audit.
The Remuneration and HR Committee is responsible for preparing human resources matters pertaining to the compensation of the President and CEO as well as top management, evaluation of the performance of the President and CEO and the Management Group, and to remuneration and incentive plans. Additionally, the Remuneration Committee oversees the performance evaluation and successor planning of top management. The Remuneration and HR Committee’s charter is available as part of the charter of the Board of Directors on the company’s website. The Remuneration and HR Committee reports regularly about its meetings to the Board of Directors.
The Remuneration and HR Committee comprises at least three members, appointed annually by the Board of Directors from among its members. The majority of the members of the committee must be independent of the company