About the Board
The Board of Directors is responsible for the company’s organization and the management of the company’s business. The Board is required to continuously monitor the company’s and the Group’s financial position.
The Board is to ensure that the company’s organization is designed in a way that ensures that the financial statements, the management of assets and the company’s financial condition in general are controlled in a satisfactory manner.
The President is appointed by the Board and is responsible for the daily operations pursuant to guidelines and instructions issued by the Board. The distribution of responsibilities between the Board and the President is laid down in the Board’s Procedural Guidelines which are reviewed and adopted each year. The review is based on such aspects as the Board’s evaluation of the individual and collective work that the Board performs.
In addition to financial reporting and the monitoring and follow-up of daily operations and profit trend, Board meetings address the goals and strategies for the operations, significant acquisitions and investments, as well as matters relating to the capital structure. Senior executives report business plans and strategic issues to the Board on an ongoing basis.
As of December 31, 2020 Sandvik’s Board consisted of eight members elected by the Annual General Meeting. The Nomination Committee communicated before the 2020 Annual General Meeting that the Nomination Committee had applied rule 4.1 of the Swedish Code of Corporate Governance as the diversity policy. The current Board composition is the result of the work of the Nomination Committee prior to that General Meeting. The Board consists of members with experience from different geographic areas and different industry sectors and, excluding the President, 43 percent of the Board members elected by the General Meeting are women.
Pursuant to Swedish legislation, trade unions are entitled to representation on the Board and they have appointed two members and two deputies (one of which left his position as deputy on December 15, 2020).
The Board members are presented in Board of Directors.
Marika Fredriksson and Helena Stjernholm are not regarded as independent in relation to major shareholders in the company and Stefan Widing is not regarded as independent in relation to the company and its executive management. The other five Board members elected by the General Meeting are all independent in relation to Sandvik and its executive management, as well as the company’s major shareholders. Accordingly, the composition of the Board complies with the independence requirements of the Code.