SEC Filings

CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019
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Corporate Governance

Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc (together referred to as “Carnival Corporation & plc”) operate under a dual listed company (“DLC”) arrangement with primary listings in the U.S. and the UK. Accordingly, Carnival Corporation & plc has implemented a single corporate governance framework consistent, to the extent possible, with the governance practices and requirements of both countries. Where there are customs or practices that differ between the two countries, Carnival Corporation & plc has nonetheless sought to be compliant with UK best practices whenever possible. Carnival Corporation & plc believes that their resulting corporate governance framework effectively addresses the corporate governance requirements of both the U.S. and the UK.

Corporate Governance Guidelines

Carnival Corporation & plc has adopted corporate governance guidelines (the “Guidelines”) that set forth the general governance principles approved by the Boards of Directors. The Guidelines are available on Carnival Corporation & plc’s website and are summarized as follows:



A majority of the members of each of the Boards must be independent in accordance with the corporate governance rules applicable to companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.


The Boards will each have at all times an Audit Committee, a Compensation Committee, a Health, Environmental, Safety & Security (“HESS”) Committee and a Nominating & Governance Committee (collectively, the “Committees”). All the members of the Committees will be independent Directors under the criteria applicable to companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the London Stock Exchange and any other applicable regulatory requirements. Each Committee has its own written charter, which principally sets forth the purposes, goals and responsibilities of the Committees.


The Nominating & Governance Committees will review with the Boards, on an annual basis, the requisite skills and characteristics of new Board members, as well as the composition of the Boards as a whole. The Nominating & Governance Committees will assess and recommend Board candidates for appointment as Directors.


The responsibilities of the Directors are laid out in the Guidelines and cover matters such as the Directors’ duties to Carnival Corporation & plc and its shareholders, attendance at meetings and the annual review of Carnival Corporation & plc’s long-term strategic plans and the principal issues that Carnival Corporation & plc may face in the future.


The Non-Executive Directors shall appoint a Senior Independent Director to preside at meetings of the Non-Executive Directors and at Board meetings in the absence of the Chairman, and to serve as the principal liaison for Non-Executive Directors.


Directors have free and full access to officers and employees of Carnival Corporation & plc, to the advice and services of the Company Secretary to the Boards and to independent professional advice at the expense of Carnival Corporation & plc.


The Compensation Committees will recommend the form and amount of Director and senior executive compensation in accordance with the policies and principles set forth in their charter and conduct an annual review thereof. In particular, the Compensation Committees will annually review the compensation of the Chief Executive Officer and his performance to enable the Chief Executive Officer to provide strong leadership for Carnival Corporation & plc in the short and long-term.


Carnival plc Corporate Governance Report