The Supervisory Board is responsible for the quality of its own performance. As such, the Supervisory Board evaluates and discusses its functioning and that of its committees and members annually, and at least every four years with the help of an external evaluator. For 2022, the Supervisory Board performed a self-evaluation. The evaluation process consisted of an open and constructive reflection-session during a dinner based on questions asked beforehand by the chair and vice-chair of the Supervisory Board. The questions asked were on the role of the members of the Supervisory Board, the composition of the Supervisory Board as a whole and a reflection on 2022 and expectations for 2023. The session was held with the Supervisory Board members only with the company secretary present.
In general the Supervisory Board concluded that the composition of the Supervisory Board, but also the committees of the Supervisory Board, is balanced, professional and complementary, making the way of working, its judgement and decision making powers adequate. The feedback from the committees of the Supervisory Board to the Supervisory Board as a whole is considered thorough and good. Discussions are conducted in a way that ensures open communication and feedback, meaningful participation allowing for civil disagreement and critical thinking. Not only within the Supervisory Board itself, but also in the discussions with the Board of Management.
The Supervisory Board feels the relationship between the Board of Management and Supervisory Board is healthy, open and with mutual trust. In this regard it was discussed how to further develop on the way the Supervisory Board members can support the Board of Management in using the available competences and knowledge available within the Supervisory Board and act as sounding board and sparring partner even more. It was also discussed that it would be good to establish upfront what the role of the Supervisory Board and its members is when discussing specific topics with the Board of Management, for instance in relation to the deep dives held, i.e. whether it is an open discussion and is input or advice requested, whether a decision is required, whether it is for information purposes only, etc.
The Supervisory Board is positive about the professionalism and quality of the management reports and the information provided by - and transparency of - the Board of Management which are engaging in the advice provided by the Supervisory Board. And points for further development to allow for even more constructive discussions between the Supervisory Board and Board of Management were noted. For instance on requesting further insight from the Board of Management in the underlying considerations of the Board of Management in presenting documentation and information to the Supervisory Board. Furthermore important subjects for 2023 were discussed, among which are the implementation of the strategy, developments at Parcels and Mail in the Netherlands, cyber security, ESG, and digital. Given the expected challenging year ahead of us the role of the Supervisory Board will be even more important.
The Supervisory Board established that it takes due consideration of the interests of all stakeholders of the company. Building on earlier evaluations, the Supervisory Board has taken its time for discussion with the Supervisory Board only by making this a recurring item on the agenda at the end of each meeting, and in addition now also intends to do so prior to the meeting. The Supervisory Board members themselves are comfortable in exercising their role, and feel that everything can be said. All members feel and have demonstrated that they have enough time to fulfil their duties as members of the Supervisory Board in an adequate manner.
The outcome of the evaluation will be followed up in the coming year.