DSM supports the amended Dutch corporate governance code 2008 (Frijns Code), which can be found on www.commissiecorporategovernance.nl.
Following the publication of the amended Dutch corporate governance code in December 2008 DSM has reviewed all Principles and Best Practice provisions of the amended code and has, where applicable, taken measures to implement the amended Principles and Best Practice provisions. The Regulations of the Managing Board and the Supervisory Board and the Charters of the Supervisory Board committees have been brought in line with the amended code. The implementation of the amended code within DSM was a separate agenda item at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of 31 March 2010.
In view of this DSM can confirm that it applies all but one of the amended code’s 113 Best Practices. The only exception is Best Practice III.5.11, which stipulates that the remuneration committee shall not be chaired by the chairman of the Supervisory Board. DSM considers remuneration to be an integral part of its nomination and retention policy and hence of its human resource management policy for its senior management. DSM therefore considers it desirable for the Chairman of the Supervisory Board to be directly involved in preparing decisions taken by the full Board, also in view of the role played by the Supervisory Board Chairman vis-à-vis the Managing Board. This exception to the code was discussed in the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in 2005, where it met with no objections.
With respect to Best Practice provision II.1.8 it is to be reported that Mr. Nico Gerardu, member of the Managing Board, is currently acting as the chairman of the Supervisory Board of a listed company (see section on Corporate organization). This is a temporary arrangement pending the appointment of a successor as chairman of the Supervisory Board of this listed company.
With respect to the appointment of members of the Managing Board for a period of at most four years (Best Practice II.1.1) it should be noted that DSM has adhered to this Best Practice since the introduction of the corporate governance code in 2004. Since DSM respects agreements made before the introduction of said code, the chairman of the Managing Board will remain appointed for an indefinite period.
With respect to the Dutch corporate governance code it should be noted that any substantial change in the corporate governance structure of the company and in the company's compliance with the code shall be submitted to the General Meeting of Shareholders for discussion under a separate agenda item.
All documents related to the implementation at DSM of the Dutch corporate governance code can be found in the Governance section of the corporate website.