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Information on corporate governance practice

Work of the Management Board and the Supervisory Board

As a listed joint stock company under German stock corporation law, Ahlers AG has a dual board structure which consists of a Management Board and a Supervisory Board. The Management Board is responsible for managing the company and the Group, while the Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising the Management Board.
The Management Board of Ahlers AG is solely responsible for managing the company and controlling the Group entities. The management task, which comprises, in particular, the definition of the company’s objectives, the strategic positioning of the Group and its management and supervision as well as corporate planning and financing, is performed by the Management Board as a collective body. The members of the Management Board therefore have joint responsibility for the complete management process. Irrespective of this overall responsibility, the members of the Management Board have specific responsibility for the departments assigned to them in the rules of procedure of the Management Board. Cooperation within the Management Board is also governed by these rules of procedure.
The Supervisory Board appoints, supervises and advises the Management Board and defines the disclosure and reporting duties. The approval of the Supervisory Board is required for defined measures of fundamental importance for the company or the Group such as material investments and legal transactions. The Supervisory Board has adopted its own rules of procedure. The Chairman of the Supervisory Board coordinates the work on the Supervisory Board, leads its meetings and represents the body’s interests externally. A summary of the type and scope of the Supervisory Board activity in the fiscal year 2016/17 is included in the report of the Supervisory Board.


Cooperation between the Management Board and the Supervisory Board

The past fiscal year again saw the Management Board and the Supervisory Board cooperate very closely. The Management Board provides the Supervisory Board with timely and comprehensive information about all relevant aspects relating to corporate planning and budgeting, the current business performance, the risk situation, risk management and compliance. Potential deviations of the business trend from the original plans are explained by the Management Board. The strategic positioning of the company is agreed between the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. Transactions of fundamental importance require the consent of the Supervisory Board. Besides the regular information provided, the Management Board and the Supervisory Board constantly exchange information on the situation of the company. Their relationship is characterised by openness and trust. This way, the Supervisory Board can assist the Management Board with advice and recommendations on the basis of sound information. All four Supervisory Board meetings in the fiscal year 2016/17 were attended by the Management Board. Meetings of the Human Resources Committee addressing amendments to the Management Board contracts, the calculation of bonuses or the appointment of Management Board members were not attended by members of the Management Board.


Female representation

According to section 76 para. 4 s. 1 AktG, the Management Board of companies that are listed on the stock exchange or subject to co-determination, should define targets for the share of women at the two management levels below the Management Board. On September 18, 2015, the Management Board defined a female representation target of at least 30 percent for the two management levels below the Management Board. The deadline for the achievement of the target has been set for June 30, 2017 in accordance with section 76 para. 4 s. 3 AktG and section 25 para. 1 s. 2 EGAktG. On May 3, 2017, the Management Board stated that the target had been reached within the deadline and decided to leave the target at the respective management levels unchanged at 30 percent. As of the 2016/17 reporting date, 147 people worked at the two management levels below the Management Board (previous year: 149). The share of women stood at 36 percent, compared to 38 percent on the prior year reporting date. The effective date for achieving and reviewing the new targets is June 30, 2022. 
Pursuant to section 111 para. 5 s. 1 and 5 AktG, the Supervisory Board of companies that are listed on the stock exchange or subject to co-determination should define targets for the share of women on the Management Board and the Supervisory Board. At the Supervisory Board meeting on September 18, 2015, targets of 30 percent each were defined. On the date they were defined, the targets were exceeded, as the share of women stood at 50 percent each. Consequently, a deadline for reviewing the targets was set for June 30, 2017 in accordance with section 111 para. 5 s. 3 AktG as well as section 25 para. 1 s. 2 EGAktG. At its meeting on May 3, 2017, the Supervisory Board stated that the target had been reached within the deadline and decided to leave the targets for both bodies unchanged at 30 percent. As of the 2016/17 reporting date, the share of women on the Management Board and the Supervisory Board stood at 33 percent and 50 percent, respectively. The deadline for achieving and reviewing the targets is June 30, 2022.