Corporate governance system
Rusagro understands that a quality corporate governance system is an essential factor influencing the investment appeal, the level of trust of the investment community and business reputation, and seeks to improve and develop its corporate governance system.
The public status of the Company requires higher standards of corporate governance:the global depositary receipts (GDRs) issued for the Company’s shares are listed on London and Moscow stock exchanges.
The Company’s fundamental documents on corporate governance are as follows:
- The Company’s Articles of Association;
- Code of Business Conduct and Ethics;
- The Company’s Code of Conduct for the Prevention of Insider Trading;
- The Company’s Regulation on the Board of Directors;
- The Regulation on the Audit Committee of the Company’s board of directors.
Code of Business Conduct and Ethics
A new version of 2014 Code of Business Conduct and Ethics (hereinafter – the Code) was approved in 2017. It includes the following guidelines:
- Basic rules, principles and values governing the Company’s activities;
- Standards of business and social conduct;
- Ethical standards for internal and external corporate relations;
- Commitment to social accountability to employees, shareholders, business partners, the state, and the society.
The Code has derived from generally accepted rules of corporate ethics and business conduct, international laws and documents that define best corporate governance practice. It is a valuable instrument for creating a strong corporate culture and a well-defined system of corporate values that determine and shape the Company’s reputation, its competitive capacity, and effectiveness.
The Code extends over all subsidiaries and affiliated companies of Rusagro. Its provisions cover, and apply to, members of the board of directors, senior executives, and other employees of the Company.
In addition to the Code, all employees must observe the relevant international anti-corruption acts, in particular:
- The UK Bribery Act;
- The US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA);
- The Company’s anti-corruption regulations and other current anti-bribery laws that are applicable to the Company or its employees.
The Company’s Code of Conduct for the Prevention of Insider Trading
As a public company, Rusagro has extensive responsibilities on establishing and observing a special procedure for the disclosure of information that can materially affect the price of the Company’s securities.
In 2011, the Company adopted a Code of Conduct for the Prevention of Insider Trading (revision 2) that applies to all of its employees and members of the board of directors.
The Company uses the relevant global best practices to ensure equal access of all securities market participants to sensitive information while striving to prevent unlawful use of insider information.
In addition to understanding and observing the Company Code of Conduct for the Prevention of Insider Trading, the employees must adhere to international acts on the use and disclosure of insider information, in particular:
- The Cyprus Market Abuse Law (2016);
- Financial Services and Markets Act (FSMA) (2000);
- The Disclosure and Transparency Rules (DTR) of the UK Financial Services Authority;
- The UK Criminal Justice Act (1993) and other applicable laws and (or) the rules of the regulatory authorities.
Governance and control system
In accordance with the Articles of Association, the Company’s corporate governance system includes as follows:
- The Shareholder Meeting;
- The Board of Directors;
- The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors;
- The Managing Director.