The Supervisory Board is charged with supervising the Board of Management and the general course of affairs of PostNL, as well as assisting the Board of Management with advice. The Supervisory Board evaluates the main organisational structure and the risk management, internal control, integrity and compliance systems established by the Board of Management, as well as the general and financial risks.
In performing its duties, the Supervisory Board acts in accordance with the interests of PostNL and considers the relevant interests of the company’s stakeholders. The responsibility for proper performance of its duties is vested in the Supervisory Board as a whole. Members of the Supervisory Board perform their duties without mandate and independent of any particular interest in the company's business. Members of the Supervisory Board may take views that differ from those of the Board of Management. PostNL’s Supervisory Board is responsible for the quality of its own performance, which is reviewed annually.
The Supervisory Board performs an oversight role with respect to corporate responsibility issues supported by PostNL’s internal audit function and the company’s external auditors who provide assurance on the non-financial reporting.
The Board of Management provides the Supervisory Board with the information necessary for the proper performance of its duties in a timely manner. In addition, the Board of Management is required to provide the means to allow the Supervisory Board and its individual members to obtain all information necessary to be able to function as the supervisory body of PostNL. The Board of Management seeks full transparency in its communication with the Supervisory Board.
The by-laws of the Supervisory Board can be found on our website.
At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on 14 April 2020, the shareholders appointed Jeroen Hoencamp and Ad Melkert as members of the Supervisory Board for a period of four years, replacing Frank Rövekamp and Jacques Wallage respectively.
At year-end 2020, the Supervisory Board consisted of seven members: the chair of the Supervisory Board, Jan Nooitgedagt (who is also chair of the Nomination Committee); Marike van Lier Lels (vice chair of the Supervisory Board); Eelco Blok;Thessa Menssen (chair of the Audit Committee); Agnes Jongerius; Jeroen Hoencamp; and Ad Melkert (chair of the Remuneration Committee).
At the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in April 2021, Thessa Menssen and Eelco Blok will not be available for reappointment as Supervisory Board member. The Supervisory Board has nominated Koos Timmermans and Nienke Meijer for appointment as Supervisory Board members for a period of four years. Agnes Jongerius will be available for reappointment as Supervisory Board member for a period of two years.
The following table provides an overview of the composition of the Supervisory Board committees per year-end 2020.
Marike van Lier Lels
Marike van Lier Lels
Members of the Supervisory Board are appointed by the General Meeting of Shareholders following nomination by the Supervisory Board. The General Meeting of Shareholders can dismiss the Supervisory Board in its entirety by an absolute majority of the votes cast representing at least one-third of the issued share capital. According to the by-laws and the profile of the Supervisory Board, a person may be appointed to the Supervisory Board for a maximum period of four years and may then be reappointed once for another four-year period. The Supervisory Board member may subsequently be reappointed again for a period of two years, and this appointment may be extended by at most two years. PostNL’s articles of association provide that members of the Supervisory Board shall resign periodically in accordance with a rotation plan drawn up by the Supervisory Board in order to limit the number of simultaneous appointments or reappointments. The rotation plan is available on our website. Further details on the appointment and dismissal of members of the Supervisory Board can be found in our articles of association.
Pursuant to our articles of association, the Supervisory Board has at least three members. Taking this requirement into account, the Supervisory Board decides on the number of its members. At the date of this report, the Supervisory Board consists of seven members. The Supervisory Board prepared a profile of its size and composition, taking into account the nature of PostNL’s business and activities and the desired expertise, competences, diversity and background of the members of the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board also adopted a diversity policy for PostNL addressing the composition of the Supervisory Board, Board of Management and Executive Committee. This policy can be found on our website. The Supervisory Board ensures that its composition meets the required profile and is as independent and diverse as possible, assuring sufficient knowledge of mail and communication, logistics, corporate responsibility, management, public affairs, IT, finance, corporate governance and the capital markets. A Supervisory Board member must be capable of assessing the broad outline of the company’s overall policy and should have the specific expertise required to fulfil the duties assigned to his or her designated role within the framework of the profile. Each member should have sufficient time available for the proper performance of his or her duties.
The Supervisory Board evaluates its profile regularly and discusses the profile at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders and with PostNL’s central works council when it amends the profile. The profile of the Supervisory Board is available on our website.
The chair of the Supervisory Board determines the agenda and presides over meetings of the Supervisory Board. The chair is responsible for the proper functioning of the Supervisory Board and its committees. In addition, the chair arranges an introduction and training programme for new members of the Supervisory Board and initiates the evaluation of the performance of the members of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management. The chair of the Supervisory Board may not be a former member of PostNL’s Board of Management.
PostNL’s Supervisory Board has an Audit Committee, Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee. The committees have an advisory role based on a mandate from the Supervisory Board. Only the Supervisory Board has decision-making power. Each committee reports its deliberations, findings and recommendations after each meeting to the full Supervisory Board. The committees operate pursuant to terms of reference set by the Supervisory Board in accordance with the law and the Code. The terms of reference are available on our website.
The Audit Committee assists and advises the Supervisory Board and prepares the decision-making of the Supervisory Board on the monitoring of the integrity and quality of the financial reporting by the company and on the effectiveness of the internal risk management and control systems of the company. The Audit Committee focuses inter alia on the supervision of the Board of Management concerning (i) the integrity of the company’s financial and corporate responsibility reporting (including but not limited to the choice of accounting policies, application and assessment of the effects of new rules, information about the handling of estimated items in the financial statements and forecasts), (ii) the external auditor's qualifications and independence, remuneration and non-audit services for the company, (iii) the relationship with the external auditor and the compliance by PostNL with the recommendations from the external auditor and the internal audit function, (iv) the company’s financing, (v) the company's tax policy, (vi) the application of information and communication technology by the company, including the risks related to cyber security, and (vii) compliance with relevant legislation and codes of conduct.
The Audit Committee consists of at least three members. All members of the Audit Committee are members of the Supervisory Board who are independent within the meaning of the by-laws of the Supervisory Board and the applicable corporate governance rules. A member of the Audit Committee shall not simultaneously serve on the Audit Committee of more than two other companies unless the Supervisory Board determines that this simultaneous service would not impair the ability of such a member to serve effectively on the Audit Committee.
Each member of the Audit Committee must be financially literate and at least one member of the Audit Committee shall be a financial expert, with relevant knowledge and expertise of financial accounting and reporting for listed companies or other large companies.
The Nomination Committee assists the Supervisory Board on matters relating to the appointment procedures for members of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management and procedures to secure adequate succession of members of the Board of Management and the assessment of such candidates, and with assessing the size and composition of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management. The Nomination Committee prepares proposals for nominations, appointments and reappointments. At least once a year, the size and composition of the Supervisory Board and the Board of Management and the functioning of the individual members are assessed by the Nomination Committee and discussed by the Supervisory Board.
The Nomination Committee consists of at least three members, including the chairman (or vice chairman) of the Supervisory Board. All members of the Nomination Committee are members of the Supervisory Board and are independent within the meaning of the by-laws of the Supervisory Board and the applicable corporate governance rules.
The Remuneration Committee proposes at least once every four years a clear and understandable remuneration policy for the Board of Management and Supervisory Board to be pursued (such policies to be adopted by the General Meeting of Shareholders). It proposes the remuneration of the individual members of the Board of Management, which proposal shall be prepared in accordance with the remuneration policy, proposes common targets for members of the Board of Management for the three coming years, prepares the remuneration report, reviews the granting of company shares or options for company shares to other senior management of the company pursuant to its share plans, and prepares a clear and understandable proposal for the remuneration of Supervisory Board in accordance with the remuneration policy.
The Remuneration Committee consists of at least three members. The chairman of the Remuneration Committee shall not simultaneously be the chairman of the Supervisory Board.
All members of the Remuneration Committee are members of the Supervisory Board and are independent within the meaning of the by-laws of the Supervisory Board and the applicable corporate governance rules.
The Supervisory Board and its committees may hire independent advisors as it deems appropriate. There is an agreed procedure for members of the Supervisory Board to obtain independent professional advice paid for by the company, if so required.