|CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019|
In addition, the Nominating & Governance Committees reviewed the individual performance of each Director focusing on his or her contribution to Carnival Corporation & plc, and specifically focusing on areas of potential improvement. In making their assessment, the Nominating & Governance Committees reviewed considerations of age, diversity, experience and skills in the context of the needs of the Boards, and with the aim of achieving an appropriate balance on the Boards.
The Nominating & Governance Committees also discussed and reviewed with Non-Executive Directors any significant time commitments they have with other companies or organizations. In addition, the number of directorships held by Non-Executive Directors was taken into account, in line with Carnival Corporation & plcs policy on limiting multiple appointments.
The Nominating & Governance Committees reported the results of the reviews to the Boards, concluding that each Director was an effective member of the Boards and had sufficient time to carry out properly their respective commitments to the Boards, their Committees and all other such duties as were required of them. It is the view of the Nominating & Governance Committees that the Boards continued to operate effectively during fiscal 2018.
During fiscal 2018, the Nominating & Governance Committees also reviewed their own performance against their respective charters by completing questionnaires that were provided to the Chair of the Nominating & Governance Committees. The results of such reviews were discussed among the members and reported to the Boards. The Boards concluded that the Nominating & Governance Committees continued to function effectively and continued to meet the requirements of their respective charters.
The Corporate Governance Code requires that an externally facilitated evaluation on the Boards effectiveness be undertaken at least once every third year. During fiscal 2016, the Nominating & Governance Committees engaged The Governance Solutions Group, an independent third-party governance expert which has no other connection with Carnival Corporation & plc, to perform an assessment of the effectiveness of the Boards. The third-party governance expert interviewed each Director elected in 2016 and members of senior management who interact substantially with the Board, reviewed the results of the assessment with the incumbent Senior Independent Director and then organized and summarized the assessment for discussion with the full Board.
The Carnival plc Directors Remuneration Report is presented in two parts, with Part I forming part of the Proxy Statement and Part II being attached as Annex B to the Proxy Statement. A resolution to approve the Carnival plc Directors Remuneration Report will be proposed at the 2019 Annual General Meeting.
Relations with Shareholders
The formal channels of communication by which the Boards communicate to shareholders the overall performance of Carnival Corporation & plc are the Annual Reports, Carnival plc half yearly financial report, joint Annual Report on Form 10-K, joint Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, joint Current Reports on Form 8-K, Proxy Statement and press releases.
Senior management and Non-Executive Directors of Carnival Corporation & plc meet periodically with representatives of institutional shareholders to discuss their views and to enable the strategies and objectives of Carnival Corporation & plc to be well understood. Issues discussed with institutional shareholders include executive compensation, performance, business strategies and any corporate governance concerns.