The Management Board and the Supervisory Board of voestalpine AG resolved as early as in 2003 to recognize the Austrian Corporate Governance Code (the “Code”); they have also implemented all of the amendments introduced in the meantime without exception.
In addition to the Code’s binding legal requirements (“L rules”), voestalpine AG voluntarily complies with all of its “comply or explain” rules (“C rules”) and recommendations (“R rules”). The Code provides Austrian stock corporations with a framework for managing and monitoring their companies. It is based on the provisions of Austrian stock corporation, stock exchange, and capital market law as well as, generally, on the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance.
It was most recently revised in January 2018. The Code achieves validity when companies voluntarily undertake to comply with it. It aims to establish a system for managing and controlling companies and groups that is accountable and geared to the creation of sustainable value in the long term. By voluntarily undertaking to abide by the Code, voestalpine supports these objectives and commits to providing a high degree of transparency to all of the company’s stakeholders.
Business transactions with associated companies and parties as well as pending legal proceedings (e.g., antitrust proceedings) are reported in the quarterly and annual reports of voestalpine AG.