|CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019|
Carnival Corporation & plc monitors governance developments in the U.S. and the UK to support a vigorous and effective corporate governance framework.
Set out below is a statement of how Carnival Corporation & plc has applied the main principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code published by the UK Financial Reporting Council in April 2016 (the Corporate Governance Code) during the year ended November 30, 2018. A copy of the Corporate Governance Code is available on the website of the UK Financial Reporting Council at www.frc.org.uk. The requirements of rule 7.2.6R of the UK Listing Authoritys Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules sourcebook can be found in the Carnival plc Directors Report attached as Annex A to the Proxy Statement.
Each of the Boards of Directors is currently comprised of 12 members, of which two are Executive Directors and 10 are Non-Executive Directors. Except for Katie Lahey, who was appointed to the Boards in January 2019, each member of the Boards has served for the full year. All Directors are required to submit themselves for annual re-election. The biographical details of the members of the Boards standing for election or re-election and their qualifications to serve as Board and Committee members are contained in the Proxy Statement. All Directors elected in 2017 have been subject to a formal performance evaluation during the year, as described below.
As of the date of this Carnival plc Corporate Governance Report, 33% of the members of the Boards are women (being four of 12 members).
Board Balance and Independence
As part of the Boards annual independence assessment, each Director was required to complete an independence questionnaire. All questionnaires were reviewed and assessed by the full Board. Following this review, all of the 10 nominees for election or re-election as Non-Executive Directors are considered by the Boards to be independent in accordance with the corporate governance rules of the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Richard J. Glasier, Sir John Parker, Stuart Subotnick, Laura Weil and Randall J. Weisenburger have been Non-Executive Directors for more than nine years from the date of their first election to the Boards. However, notwithstanding this fact, the Boards have determined that each of those Directors is independent for the reasons set forth below.
Consistent with U.S. practice, the Boards believe that length of tenure should be only one of the factors considered with respect to the independence of Directors and, accordingly, that tenure alone should not result in the loss of independence. The Boards believe that automatic loss of independence status for Directors due to tenure would effectively operate as a term limit for independent Directors and result