The Board of Directors (“the Board”) of Ideal United Bintang Berhad (“IDEALUBB or “ the Company”) is committed to ensure sound principle of corporate governance are practiced with the ultimate objective of protecting and enhancing shareholders’ value. To this end, the Board continues to introduce various measures and implement the best practice in so far as they are relevant to the Group, bearing in mind the nature of the Group’s business and the size of its business operations.
The Board Charter sets out the Board’s strategic intent and outlines the functions, duties and responsibilities of the Board as officers of the Company to ensure high standards of corporate governance and compliance with the various legislations and regulations.
3. THE BOARD
3.1 ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE BOARD
- The Board is obligated to play an active role in directing management in an effective and responsible manner. The Directors, collectively and individually, has a legal and fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the Company and to effectively represent and promote the interests of the shareholders and stakeholders with a view to achieve its vision towards corporate sustainability.
- Having regard to the above, the Board assumes the following major responsibilities in the discharge of its obligation:
- Ensuring that the Company goals are clearly established and that strategies are in place for achieving them;
- Establishing policies for strengthening the performance of the Company including ensuring that Management is proactively seeking to build the business through innovation, initiative, technology, new products and the development of its business capital;
- Monitoring the performance of Management;
- Deciding on whatever steps that are necessary to protect the Company’s financial position and the ability to meet its debts and other obligations as and when they fall due, and ensuring that such steps are taken;
- Ensuring that the Company’s financial statements are true and fair and conform with applicable laws.
- Ensuring that the Company adheres to high standards of ethics and corporate behavior; and
- Ensuring that the Company has appropriate risk management/regulatory compliances policies in place.
- The Board reserves full decision-making powers on the following matters:
- Material acquisitions and disposition of assets not in the ordinary course of business;
- Investments in capital projects;
- Authority levels;
- Treasury policies;
- Risk Management policies;
- Key human resource issues; and
- Conflict of interest issues relating to a substantial shareholder or a director
- In compliance to the requirements of any Act, rules, regulations and guidelines that are in force from time to time, the directors have the obligation to notify the Company Secretary as necessary of their directorships, shareholdings and/or interest (direct or indirect) in the Company and update on changes arising thereto as soon as practical.
3.2 RESPONSIBILITIES OF MANAGEMENT
- In the normal course of events, day-to-day management of the Company will be in the hands of Management and under the stewardship of the Group Managing Director.
- The Board has established written policy and procedures determining the authority limit for Management, specifically on procurement, capital expenditure and credit control.
3.3 INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS
- At any one time, at least two (2) or one-third (1/3), whichever is higher, of the Board members are independent Directors as defined in the Main Market Listing Requirements of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. The Directors must give effect to the spirit, intention and purpose of the definition.
- The Independent Director must ensure that the interests of all shareholders, and not only the interests of a particular fraction or group, are indeed taken into account by the Board and that the relevant issues are subjected to objective and impartial consideration by the Board.
- The tenure of an Independent Director, unless approved by the shareholders for such further period, shall not exceed a cumulative term of twelve (12) years. Prior to attaining the stipulated number of years, the Nominating Committee will consider the following and recommend to the Board accordingly:
- Whether the Independent Director to continue to serve on the Board subject to his re-designation as Non-Independent Director; or
- Whether to seek shareholders’ approval in order to retain him as an Independent Director.
- Directors are expected to advise the Chairman immediately if they believe that they may no longer be independent.
- The Board undertakes to assess the independence of Independent Directors on an annual basis.
3.4 CODE OF ETHICS AND CONDUCT FOR DIRECTORS
- The Code of Ethics applies to all members of the Board of Directors serving from time to time. The principles outlined herein are intended to:
- codify a standard of conduct by which all directors are expected to abide;
- protect the business interests of the Company;
- maintain the Company’s reputation for integrity; and
- foster compliance with applicable legal and regulatory obligation.
- The Directors are required to observe the following at all times:
- act honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the Company as a whole.
- use due care and diligence in fulfilling the functions of office and exercising the powers attached to that office.
- use the powers of office for a proper purpose, in the best interests of the Company as a whole.
- recognize that the primary responsibility is to the Company’s shareholders as a whole but should, where appropriate, have regard for the interest of all stakeholders of the Company.
- must not make improper use of information acquired as a director.
- must not take improper advantage of the position of director.
- must not allow personal interests, or the interests of any associated person, to conflict with the interests of the Company.
- must not give or receive gift of any value under circumstances that are unlawful or might otherwise appear to be an attempt to improperly influence a decision which affects the Company.
- has an obligation to be independent in judgment and actions and to take all reasonable steps to be satisfied as to the soundness of all decisions taken as a Board.
- confidential information received by a director in the course of the exercise of directorial duties remains the property of the Company and it is improper to disclose it, or allow it to be disclosed, unless that disclosure has been authorized by the Company, or is required by law.
- should not engage in conduct likely to bring discredit upon the Company.
- has an obligation at all times to act ethically and to comply with the spirit of the Code and the Board Charter.
- ensure that all suspected reports of unethical practices are investigated fully and thoroughly to ensure the Company operates in the manner expected of the Company by society.
3.5 BOARD LEADERSHIP
- There are two (2) key tasks in Board leadership, namely the running of the Board and the executive responsibility for the running of the Company’s business. There should be a clear division of responsibilities in the Board to ensure balance of power and authority, such that no one individual has unfettered powers of decision-making.
- The Company is led by the Group Executive Chairman. The Chairman is responsible for ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of the governance process of the Board.
3.6 BOARD MEETINGS
- The Board will normally hold meetings at least four (4) times in each financial year and will hold additional meetings when the situation requires.
- Directors will use their best endeavour to attend the Board Meetings. Directors are expected to prepare themselves thoroughly and to participate fully and constructively in Board discussions and other activities and to bring the benefit of their particular knowledge, skills and abilities to the Board.
- The Board has sole authority over its agenda and exercises this through the Chairman. Any Director may, through the Chairman, request the addition of an item to the agenda. The Chairman in consultation with the Company Secretary will set the agenda.
- Directors who are unable to attend the Board Meetings shall accordingly advise the Chairman and/or the Company Secretaries on the same at the earliest time possible.
- Board discussions will be open and constructive, recognizing that genuinely held differences of opinion could bring greater clarity and lead to better decisions. The Chairman will, nevertheless, seek a consensus of the Board but may, where considered necessary, call for a vote. All discussions and their record will remain confidential unless there is a specific direction from the Board to the contrary, or disclosure is required by law. Subject to legal or regulatory requirements, the Board will decide the manner and timing of the publication of its decisions.
- Directors are expected to strictly observe confidentiality of Company information.
3.7 ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND ADVICE
- The Company aims to provide all Directors with timely and quality information and in a form and manner appropriate for them to discharge their duties effectively.
- The Management is responsible for providing the Board with the required information in an appropriate and timely manner. The Chairman, assisted by the Company Secretary, assesses the type of information required to be provided to the Board. If the information provided by the Management is insufficient, the Board will make further enquiries where necessary to which the Persons responsible will respond as fully and promptly as possible.
- The full agenda and comprehensive Board papers are disseminated to all Directors in advance of meeting to enable them to prepare for the meetings.
- Full Board minutes of each Board meeting are kept by the Company Secretary and are available for inspection by any Director during office hours.
- The Board meeting papers provided to the Directors include progress reports on business operations, financial results, information on business propositions, industry outlook, operational and regulatory compliance matters, corporate proposals besides minutes of meeting of Board Committees and Management. For corporate proposals deemed material and price-sensitive, supporting papers would be circulated to the Directors during the Board meeting.
- At Board meetings, the Management presents and provides explanation on the reports provided. Senior Management and Consultants may be invited to attend the Board meeting to advise or give detailed explanation and clarification on relevant agenda items to enable the Board to make informed decisions. Any Director who has a direct and/or indirect interest in the subject matter to be deliberated on shall abstain from deliberation and voting on the same.
- Directors are entitled to have access, at all reasonable times, to all relevant Company information and to Management and have at least two (2) private sessions in a year with the external auditors.
- The Directors, whether as full Board or individual capacity, may seek independent professional advice in furtherance of their duties. If such advice is considered necessary, it shall be first discussed with the Chairman and having done so, shall be free to proceed. Subject to the prior approval of the Chairman, the cost of the advice will reimbursed by the Company but the Directors will ensure, so far as is practicable, that the cost is reasonable.
- The Directors have unlimited access to the professional advice and services of the Company Secretary.
3.8 BOARD COMMITTEES
- Board Committees will be formed only when it is necessary to facilitate efficient decision making.
- Board Committees will observe the same rules of conduct and procedure as the Board unless the Board determines otherwise.
- The Board of the Company has appointed the following Board Committees with specific terms of reference :
- Audit Committee
- Nominating Committee
- Remuneration Committee
- Independent and Non-Executive Directors of the Company play a leading role in these Committees. The Management is co-opted to the Committees as and when required.
- The Board Committees consider particular issues and recommend proposed actions to the Board. The Chairman of the respective Committees will report on the decision and/or recommendations made by the Committee to the Board. The Minutes of all Board Committees are made available to the Board.
- The terms of reference of each Committee appointed by the Board are attached hereto as Appendix 1, 2 & 3.
3.9 BOARD APPOINTMENT
- The appointment of new Directors is a matter for consideration and decision by the Board upon recommendation from the Nominating Committee.
- New Directors are expected to have such expertise so as to qualify them to make a positive contribution to the Board performance or its duties and to give sufficient time and attention to the affairs of the Company.
- The Board has never practiced nor allowed gender biasness as they believe that the ability and capability of an individual should be the priority to place in appointing a director.
- The Board designates the Chair of the Nominating Committee as the Senior Independent Director of the Company.
3.10 BOARD COMMITMENT
- Any Director of the Company, while holding office, is at liberty to accept other Board appointment so long as the appointment is not in conflict with the business and does not affect his performance as a director. This must be subsequently notified to the Chairman.
- The Directors are guided by the requirements of the Main Market Listing Requirements of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad on attendance of at least 50% of Board Meetings held in a financial year and that directorships held by any Board member at any one time shall not exceed five (5) in listed Companies.
3.11 BOARD TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
- In addition to the Mandatory Accreditation Programme as required by Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad, the Director are encouraged to attend various training programmes and to participate in site visits at business locations to constantly update their knowledge as well as enhance their skills. This will enable Directors to effectively discharge their duties and keep abreast with industrial sector issues, developments in the industry and global market, management strategies and regulatory laws, rules as well as guidelines and which are relevant to the Company’s operations and business.
- The training needs of the Directors will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee on a regular basis to ensure that they are acquainted with the latest development and changing environment within which the Company operates.
3.12 BOARD EVALUATION
- The performance of the Directors as a whole and individually are assessed by the Nominating Committee on a yearly basis with due consideration to the competency, commitment, contribution and performance
3.13 DIRECTORS' REMUNERATION
- The Company aims to set a fair remuneration and other emoluments to attract, retain and motivate directors and ensure that rewards commensurate with their contributions and in tandem with the performance of the Company.
- The Remuneration Committee is responsible to annually:
- review the achievement of the Executive Directors and recommend the framework of their remuneration package to the Board for their approval, with the Executive Directors abstaining from deliberation and voting on the same;
- recommend the basic annual fees of the Directors; and
- recommend meeting allowance paid to Directors for attendance at meetings and based on their responsibilities in Board Committees.
- The ultimate approval for the above lies with the Board and the relevant Directors are to abstain from deliberation and voting on their remuneration.
4. COMPANY SECRETARY
- The Board appoints the Company Secretary and ensures that the Company Secretary fulfils the functions for which he/she has been appointed.
- The appointment and removal of Company Secretary is a matter for the Board as a whole.
- The Secretary is responsible for ensuring that Board procedures are followed, that the applicable rules and regulations for the conduct of the affairs of the Board are complied with and for all matters associated with the maintenance of the Board or otherwise required for its efficient operation.
- The Board recognises the fact that the Company Secretaries of the Company are suitably qualified and competent in carrying out the duties required.
5. CORPORATE DISCLOSURE POLICY AND PROCEDURES
- The Board aims to provide shareholders with comprehensive, accurate and quality information on a timely and even basis as it is in the Company’s interest for maintenance of confidence.
- While the Board is generally responsible for the proper dissemination of information, it designates the Group Executive Chairman to oversee and coordinate on ensuring compliance with the disclosure obligation under the Main Market Listing Requirements of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad.
- The Group Executive Chairman shall also be the official spokespersons authorized to speak on behalf of the Company to journalists, analysts, fund managers, institutional investors or other persons outside the Company.
6. REVIEW OF BOARD CHARTER
- This Board Charter to be made available on the website of the Company will be reviewed periodically to ensure they remain consistent with the Board’s objectives and responsibilities as well as relevant standards of corporate governance.