Conduct Policies

Conduct Policies

Statutory conflicts of interests in the Board of Directors

In accordance with Article 523 of the Companies Code, a member of the Board of Directors should give the other members prior notice of any agenda items in respect of which he has a direct or indirect conflict of interests of a financial nature with the company, and should refrain from participating in the discussion of and voting on those items. A conflict of interests arose twice in 2010, and the provisions of Article 523 were complied with on both occasions.

On 25 February 2010 the Board had to determine the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer. Excerpt from the minutes:

On the motion of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the Board approves:

  • the grant of a bonus of € 475 000 to the Chief Executive Officer for 2009;
  • the 2010 bonus target proposal for the Chief Executive Officer;
  • an increase of the remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer for 2010 as follows: annual base salary by € 65 000, annual target bonus by € 100 000, and annual target long term incentives by € 100 000; and
  • the offer of 30 000 stock options (post-split adjusted) to the CEO on 17 December 2009 under the Stock Option Plan SOP2.

On 9 November 2010 the Board had to determine the future remuneration of the Chief Executive Officer, as well as the first offer of options to the Chief Executive Officer under the new
SOP2010-2014 share option plan. Excerpt from the minutes:

On the motion of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the Board approves:

  • the proposed new Variable Pay Policy for the Bekaert Group Executive, as well as the proposed adaptations to the remuneration packages of the Chief Executive Officer and the BGE members;
  • the offer of 30 000 options (post-split) to the Chief Executive Officer.

Other transactions with Directors and Executive Management


The Bekaert Charter contains conduct guidelines with respect to direct and indirect conflicts of interests of the members of the Board of Directors and the Bekaert Group Executive that fall outside the scope of Article 523 of the Companies Code. Those members are deemed to be related parties to Bekaert and have to report, on an annual basis, their direct or indirect transactions with Bekaert or its subsidiaries. Bekaert is not aware of any potential conflict of interests concerning such transactions occurring in 2010 (cf. Note 7.6 to the consolidated financial statements).

Market abuse

In accordance with provision 3.7 of the Belgian Corporate Governance Code, the Board of Directors has, on 27 July 2006, promulgated the Bekaert Insider Dealing Code, which is included in its entirety in the Bekaert Charter as Appendix 4. The Bekaert Insider Dealing Code restricts transactions in Bekaert securities by members of the Board of Directors, the Bekaert Group Executive, senior management and certain other persons during closed and prohibited periods. The Code also contains rules concerning the mandatory internal notification of intended transactions, as well as the disclosure of executed transactions through a notification to the Belgian Banking, Finance and Insurance Commission (CBFA). The Chairman of the Board is the Compliance Officer for purposes of the Bekaert Insider Dealing Code.

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