This document defines the information included in the Mint of Finland’s corporate governance. The Rules of Procedure are updated where required.
In its first meeting after the general meeting of shareholders each year, the Board of Directors reviews and approves the Rules of Procedure and appoints a secretary to take minutes at Board meetings.
Mint of Finland Board of Directors operates in accordance with the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act, company’s Articles of Association, good corporate governance as well as in accordance with Government Resolution on the State Ownership Policy.
Main duties of the Board of Directors
- Appointing and dismissing the CEO, approving the managing director contract as well as benefits;
- Appointing the members of the Group Management Team and approving their salary and other benefits;
- Defining, approving and follow up of the Group’s long-term business objectives and strategy;
- Approving investment plan and budget for the accounting period as well as monitoring of their reporting;
- Ensuring that the Group and its companies prepare the appropriate external financial statements as required by law;
- Approving operating policies and monitoring their implementation. Reports are made on matters which the Board of Directors has decided to require reporting when approving the policy, (Attachment 1);
- Monitoring the development of personnel competences, job satisfaction and work safety;
- Approving the general principles of the Group’s incentive schemes;
- Organising internal audit activities and drawing up audit plans together with the audit committee, if such is nominated, and with the CFO. Monitoring the reports of external auditors and implementing the measures required by the reports together with the CFO;
- Approving company M&A transactions.
- significant investments, property transfers and financing arrangements (loans, mortgages, pledges),
- Approving significant business expansion or contraction;
- When required, authorising the CEO to initiate any actions not included in day-to-day management. Such authorisation may apply to a specific action or be of a more general permanent authorisation
- Making an annual evaluation of the Board of Directors’ activities and ways of working.
- Ensuring that documents included in the principles of Mint of Finland’s corporate governance are up-to-date and updating them when required,
- Ensuring the organisation structure necessary for the company’s activities is in place and safeguarding the organisation’s operation.
- Making proposals to the general meeting of shareholders as well as convening the general meeting of shareholders; and
- Making decisions on other matters that by law are under the responsibility of the Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors mainly bases its decisions on written, reasoned decision proposals, which are prepared by the CEO.
In addition to the above, the Limited Liability Companies Act includes several special provisions stating that a certain duty or activity is explicitly included in the remit of a Board of Directors or its members.
The Board of Directors can establish committees. The committees assist the Board by preparing matters for the Board. The Board of Directors is responsible for carrying out the duties assigned to the committees. The committees do not have independent decision-making power, but the Board of Directors makes collective decisions. Committees can be permanent or temporary.
Board of Directors’ meetings
The Board of Directors convenes as often as required to perform its duties. However, the Board must hold at least six (6) regular scheduled meetings each year. Whenever possible, meetings are held at the Group’s different sites.
Power of decision
The Board of Directors is quorate when half or more of its members are present. A quorum requires that, whenever possible, all members of the Board are afforded an opportunity to participate in the consideration of a matter prior to making a decision.
Provision of material in advance
The agenda and other material for scheduled meetings of the Board of Directors are provided to Board members one (1) week before the meeting. The material is sent in electronic format in an encrypted environment. The chairperson of the Board decides on the content of the agenda at the CEO’s proposal.
Minutes are taken of Board of Directors’ meetings in the form of brief minutes and decisions. In the most important matters, also the main justifications are recorded in the minutes. The minutes are signed by the person chairing the meeting and a member of the Board is elected to scrutinise the minutes at each meeting. Thereafter, a draft of the minutes is sent without delay to the chairperson and scrutiniser for examination. Having been examined, the minutes are sent electronically in an encrypted environment to the entire Board of Directors for their information. The minutes are numbered consecutively and stored permanently at the company’s head office.
Board of Directors’ fees
The general meeting of shareholders decides Board of Directors’ fees. In 2021, the chairperson of the Board of Directors receives a monthly fee of €2,800 for the term of office, the vice chairman €1,970 and other members of the Board receive a monthly fee of €1,400. An attendance fee of €600 is paid for each member of the Board for attendance at each Board meeting. In addition, members of the committees that will be set up, will be paid an attendance fee of €600 for attendance at each committee meeting.
An attendance fee is paid for extraordinary conference call and email meetings when the matters to be decided in a meeting require preparation comparable to that for an ordinary meeting or where the duration of an extraordinary conference call can be compared to the duration of an ordinary meeting.