Responsibilities of the Board

The structure of the Board consisted of 21 directors. 7 out of 21 are independent directors of which one, who is not the Managing Director, is the Chairman of the Board. The company’s Board of Directors possesses skills and expertise in various fields, such as accounting, finance, law, governance, production technology, personnel, purchasing, marketing, real estate, internal audit, and information technology.
It is required that during the annual general meeting, one third (1/3) or close to one third of corporate directors resign. Each director’s term is three years. In case that the Board serves until the end of its term and the new Board has not yet been appointed, the former Board still continues to work until the new Board has been appointed. The company has not determined the total terms the Board can consecutively serve. The Nomination and Remuneration Committee is considering this matter in relation to feasibility of selecting personnel with experience specific to the company’s business to serve in the Board.
The Board of Directors has established the following committees: the Audit Committee, the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, the Risk Management Committee, and the Corporate Governance Committee, as well as defined their functions and responsibilities. For transparency and independence in the work, the majority of the committee members are independent directors, and chairs of the committees are independent directors. To maintain true independence of the corporate committees, the Chair of the Board is not the chair or a member of those committees. The committees serve 3 years. In case that a committee serves until the end of its term and a new committee has not yet been appointed, the former committee still continues to work until a new committee has been appointed. At the end of their term, if a director is not re-elected, their position in their current committee shall end automatically. If there is a new director in a committee, that director shall remain in the position as long as the committee’s term.
The board requires that a director must not operate or have any position in any ordinary partnership, or be a general partner in limited partnership, or be a director in any other limited company or public company limited that operates businesses of the same nature and that is the company’s direct and indirect competition, unless the information about their positions is disclosed in the annual general meeting before the appointment. The requirement is applied to corporate executives as well.
The company’s vision, missions, strategies, goals, business plans, budgets, internal control, internal audit, and risk management have been governed with effectiveness and efficiency. The current corporate vision has been reshaped from being a sugar manufacturer to a producer of alternative energy which is environmentally friendly. The new vision is based on the idea that sugar is an energy source for human beings. Ethanol fuels automobiles. Fertilizer nourishes plants. Electricity energizes appliances. Corporate investments are in line with such vision.
The board has established corporate governance policy as follows: “The company is committed to corporate governance to build trust among shareholders, employees, and customers, as well as to create sustainable competitive advantage. It emphasizes internal control, internal audit, and risk management, as well as ensures that managements implement policies effectively in compliance with legislation and business ethics.” The policy has been communicated throughout the Company. The company ensures that its personnel understand and comply with the corporate governance. The work and corporate policies are always evaluated and reviewed annually.
The board has set a written ethics and codes of business conduct for the company’s directors and employees, which cover key matters, such as honesty, integrity, conflicts of interest, and compliance with laws. Compliance to the codes is monitored, and penalties are defined. Each year the Corporate Governance Committee evaluates, reviews, and revises the codes of conduct.
Prevention of Conflicts of Interest, The Board of Directors thoroughly considers and deals with transactions with (potential) conflicts of interest. The Audit Committee considers related-party transactions according to the SET legislation and procedure. Stakeholders in the related transactions are not allowed to decide on those particular transactions, which are fully and accurately disclosed in annual reports and from 56-1.
Efficient Administrations and Internal Control, the company’s internal control unit has been formed to ensure effective operations, accurate and reliable information, compliance with legislation, efficient and effective use of corporate resources, and protection and corporate assets. The corporate internal audit provides analyses, audits, evaluations, advice, and recommendations to support corporate activities. The audit committee independently reviews and audits adequacy and efficiency of the company’s internal control and internal audit once a year. The opinions on the corporate internal control system are included in the annual report.
Risk Management. The Risk Management Committee engages in establishing the total risk management. Adequacy and efficiency of the company’s risk management system will be reviewed at least once a year. The early warning system will be in place for irregularity scanning.
The Company sets the Board of Directors meeting dates and notifies the directors of those date in advance. The Board of Directors shall hold at least 6 meetings per year. For the flow of the company’s operations, there are monthly executive meetings where the board entitles the meeting to make decisions. In every board meetings, the board of directors is informed about matters that have been approved by the Company’s executive meeting to ensure that the board is able to supervise, control, and monitor the work of managements on a regular basis.
In board meetings, the chairman, managing director, and company secretary consider agendas. This is to ensure that the agendas cover important matters. Each director may propose agendas independently.

Office of Company Secretary and Legal sent meeting documents to each director in advance at least 7 days before the meeting date with supporting documents.

In a board of directors meeting, the chairman of the board allocates adequate meeting time for managements’ presentations and comprehensive directors’ discussions. The chairman encourages careful consideration in the meeting. Directors pay attention to each issue presented in the meeting, including issues concerning governance of the company. Top executives from different departments attend the board meeting to present details on the issues that they are responsible for in order to facilitate the Board’s decision-making. The Board also has a chance to know more about the top executives, as well as has access to important additional information through the top executives. Directors may request more information about issues in the meeting from the company’s secretary.

Minutes of the board of directors’ meetings include such important matters as dates, times, names of directors who are present and absent, summaries of proposals, summaries of discussions and remarks, resolutions, opinions from directors who disagree, names of people preparing minutes, and names of those approving minutes. The minutes are bound and easy to retrieve. They cannot be changed. Numbers of the board meetings and attendance are disclosed. The board sets a meeting every 3 months in a year, and the executive committee has monthly meetings concerning the company’s operating results. Information from the executive committee meetings is presented to the corporate board of directors.

Each year the board evaluated its works according to the applicable SET evaluation criteria. Also, there were evaluations of directors in groups and individually including the sub committe. The board considered the evaluation results and put forward recommendations for improvement.

Khon Kaen Sugar Industry Public Company Limited
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Sri Ayutthaya Rd., Thanon Phaya Thai Sub-District, Ratchathewi District, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.

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