The Remuneration Policy of Marel hf. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”), is designed to attract, motivate and retain exceptional employees in a competitive and international market. The policy reflects the Company’s objectives for good corporate governance as well as sustained long-term value creation for shareholders.
The Remuneration Policy applies to the Company’s senior management, including its Executive Team and Board of Directors.
Executive Team Remuneration
The remuneration of Marel’s Executive Team is proposed by the Remuneration Committee and subsequently approved by the Board of Directors. It is evaluated annually against performance and a benchmark of international companies, which in size and complexity are similar to Marel. Benchmark information is obtained from internationally recognized compensation service consultancies.
Total remuneration shall be comprised as follows:
- A fixed base salary, set at a level aimed at attracting and retaining executives with professional and personal competences required to drive the Company’s performance.
- Short-term incentives, based on the achievement of a number of pre-defined financial and non-financial strategic business targets approved by the Board of Directors. Short-term incentives for the CEO amount to 50% of annual base salary at target and can reach a maximum of 70%. Short-term incentives for other members of the Executive Team can amount to up to 45% of the annual fixed base salary at target and reach a maximum of 60%. Short-term incentive payments are subject to recovery, provided that they have been based on data, which proved to be manifestly misstated, false or misleading.
- Long-term incentives in the form of stock options. Marel has implemented stock option programs with the objective of aligning interests of executive management and selected employees in strategic positions with the long-term goals of the Company and its shareholders. The key terms of share-based incentive agreements and programs shall be submitted to a Shareholders’ Meeting for approval.
- Pension contributions, made in accordance with applicable laws and employment agreements.
- Severance payments in accordance with termination clauses in employment agreements. Severance payments shall comply with local legal framework.
Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors shall receive a fixed, monthly payment in accordance with the decision of the Annual General Meeting of the Company. The Board shall submit a proposal on the fee for the upcoming operating year, taking into account the extent of responsibilities and time commitment, the results of the Company and benchmark data on fees paid by European peer companies, which in size and complexity are similar to Marel.
Board members are not offered stock options or participation in incentive schemes.
Individual board members may take on specific ad hoc tasks outside their normal duties assigned by the Board. In each such case, the Board may determine a fixed fee for the work carried out related to those tasks, which shall be disclosed in the Company’s annual financial statements. ;
Disclosure of Information
Information on the total remuneration of members of the Company’s Board of Directors, Executive Team and senior management accountable for more than 10% of the assets or earnings of the Company, shall be disclosed in the Company’s annual financial statements. This includes any deferred payments and extraordinary contracts during the preceding financial year.
Approval of the Remuneration Policy
This Remuneration Policy shall apply to all future employment agreements with members of Company’s Executive Team and Board of Directors.
The Remuneration Policy is binding for the Board of Directors as regards its provisions on stock options. In other respects, the Remuneration Policy shall be of guidance for the Board. Any departure from the policy shall be recorded and reasoned in the Board’s minutes.
This Remuneration Policy has been approved by the Board of Directors of Marel hf. in accordance with article 79a of the Icelandic Companies Act No. 2/1995, taking into consideration the NASDAQ OMX Iceland Rules for Issuers of Financial Instruments and the Icelandic Guidelines on Corporate Governance. The Remuneration Policy is reviewed annually and shall be approved by the Company’s Annual General Meeting, with or without amendments.
The Company’s Remuneration Policy shall be published on its website.
Date of agreement: 2 March, 2017