This statement is being made by Simonds Farsons Cisk plc (SFC) pursuant to Listing Rules 5.94 and 5.97 issued by the Listing Authority of the Malta Financial Services Authority and sets out the measures taken to ensure compliance with the Code of Principles of Good Corporate Governance (the Code) contained in Appendix 5.1 to Chapter 5 of the said rules. In terms of Listing Rule 5.94, SFC is obliged to prepare a report explaining how it has complied with the Code. For the purposes of the Listing Rules, SFC is hereby reporting on the extent of its adoption of the Code.
SFC acknowledges that the Code does not prescribe mandatory rules but recommends principles so as to provide proper incentives for the Board of Directors (the board) and SFC’s management to pursue objectives that are in the interests of the company and its shareholders. Since its establishment in 1948 as a public limited liability company, SFC has always adhered to generally accepted standards of good corporate governance encompassing the requirements for transparency, proper accountability and the fair treatment of shareholders. The Board of Directors has therefore endorsed the Code of Principles and adopted it.
As demonstrated by the information set out in this statement, together with the information contained in the Remuneration report, SFC believes that it has, save as indicated in the section entitled Non-compliance with the Code, throughout the accounting period under review, applied the principles and complied with the provisions of the Code. In the Non-compliance section, the board indicates and explains the instances where it has departed from or where it has not applied the Code, as allowed by the Code.