Chair of The Highest Governance Body
The Chairman is the Chief Executive of the Company. He is the Chairman of the Board and the CMC. His primary role is to provide leadership to the Board and the CMC for realising the Company goals in accordance with the charter approved by the Board.
ITC has a diversified business portfolio, which demands that the senior leadership has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the functioning of the Company, so as to enhance the value-generating capacity of the organisation and contribute significantly to stakeholders aspirations and societal expectations. The Chairman of the Company is therefore chosen from the Executive Management.
Board of Directors
The ITC Board is a balanced Board, comprising 4 Executive and 14 Non-Executive Directors (including 11 Independent Directors).
Selection of Directors
ITC’s Governance Policy requires that the Non-Executive Directors, including Independent Directors, be drawn from amongst eminent professionals with experience in business/finance/law/public enterprises. The selection of Executive Directors is done by the Nominations Committee, which comprises the Chairman of the Company and 10 Non-Executive Directors, nine of whom are Independent Directors.
Performance of The Highest Governance Body
The Board evaluates Directors collectively to reinforce the principle of collective responsibility.
Compensation For Members of The Highest Governance Body
Remuneration of the Chairman and other Executive Directors is determined by the Board, on the recommendation of the Compensation Committee comprising only Non-Executive Directors; remuneration of the Directors is subject to the approval of the shareholders. Such remuneration is linked to the performance of the Company inasmuch as the performance bonus is based on various qualitative and quantitative performance criteria.
Remuneration of Non-Executive Directors is by way of commission for each financial year; such commission is determined by the Board within the limit approved by the shareholders. Their remuneration is based, inter alia, on Company performance and regulatory provisions and is payable on a uniform basis to reinforce the principle of collective responsibility. Non-Executive Directors are also entitled to sitting fees for attending meetings of the Board and Committees thereof, the quantum of which is determined by the Board, within the limit approved by the shareholders.
Avoidance of Conflicts of Interest
In terms of the ITC Code of Conduct, Directors, senior management and employees must avoid situations in which their personal interests could conflict with the interests of the Company. This is an area in which it is impossible to provide comprehensive guidance but the guiding principle is that conflicts, if any, or potential conflicts, must be disclosed to higher management for guidance and action as appropriate.
Contracts in which Directors are interested, if any, are required to be placed before the Board for approval. Further, senior management is also required to confirm on an annual basis that no material transaction has been entered into by them which could have potential conflict with the interests of the Company at large; such confirmations are placed before the Board.
The Company has a code of conduct for prevention of insider trading in the securities of the Company. The ITC Code of Conduct for Prevention of Insider Trading, inter alia, As a diversified enterprise, the Company has always had a system-based approach to business risk management, backed by strong internal control processes 40 SUSTAINABILITY REPORT GOVERNANCE, COMMITMENTS AND ENGAGEMENTS prohibits purchase/sale of securities of the Company by Directors and employees while in possession of unpublished price sensitive information in relation to the Company.