|CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019|
in the loss of the valuable contributions of Directors who have been able to develop, over time, increasing insight into Carnival Corporation & plc and its operations. The Boards prefer to rely on rigorous annual evaluations of individual Directors to review their objectivity and independence, as well as their overall effectiveness as Directors. All Directors are also subject to annual re-election by shareholders following individual evaluations and recommendations by the Nominating & Governance Committees.
As at the date of this Carnival plc Corporate Governance Report, indemnities are in force under which Carnival Corporation & plc has agreed to indemnify the Directors of Carnival Corporation & plc, to the extent permitted by law and the Third Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation of Carnival Corporation and the Articles of Association of Carnival plc, in respect of all losses arising out of, or in connection with, the execution of their powers, duties and responsibilities, as Directors of Carnival plc. Carnival Corporation & plc maintains insurance to indemnify the Directors when it is unable to do so due to insolvency or as a result of a derivative suit.
Board Procedures and Responsibilities
Meetings of the Boards are held on a regular basis to enable the Boards to properly discharge their responsibilities. During the year ended November 30, 2018, the Board of Directors of Carnival plc held a total of six meetings. All Board meetings during the year were attended by the full Board except for Helen Deeble who attended five of six meetings, having missed one meeting due to a family emergency, and Sir John Parker and Stuart Subotnick who each attended five of six meetings, having missed one meeting due to illness. In addition, the Non-Executive Directors meet periodically during the year with the Chairman of the Boards with no other Executive Directors present. The agenda for each Board meeting and meeting schedules are prepared by the Chairman and reviewed and approved by the Senior Independent Director, to enable the flow of relevant information to the Boards. Each Board member is entitled to suggest the inclusion of items on the agenda and to raise at any Board meetings subjects that are not on the agenda for that meeting.
In 2006, the Boards created a program to provide Directors with direct knowledge and contact with our operating groups and their respective management teams. Each year, the Senior Independent Director assigns Directors to one of the four teams (Director Teams) designated for our operating groups. Each Director Team meets with senior management of their assigned operating group at its headquarters for intensive operational and strategy meetings and to tour local facilities. The Directors are rotated among the Director Teams annually to ensure exposure to all of the operating units.
Non-Executive Directors are required to allocate sufficient time to meet the expectations of their role. The consent of the Chairman and the Senior Independent Director must be sought before accepting additional directorships that might affect the time a Non-Executive Director of Carnival Corporation & plc is able to devote to that role.
The Boards have resolved that Executive Directors may not serve as a Non-Executive Board member on more than one FTSE 100 or Fortune 100 company nor as the Chair of such a company.
Board Structures and Delegation to Management
The basic responsibility of the Directors is to exercise their business judgment in the way they consider, in good faith, would be most likely to promote the success of Carnival Corporation & plc and for the benefit of the shareholders as a whole. Further details of the responsibilities of the Directors are