|CARNIVAL CORP filed this Form DEF 14A on 03/07/2019|
We are committed to governance policies and practices so that shareholder and other stakeholder interests are represented in a thoughtful and independent manner. Sound principles of corporate governance are critical to obtaining and retaining the trust of investors. They are also vital in securing respect from other key stakeholders and interested parties, including our workforce, guests and suppliers, the communities in which we conduct business, government officials and the public-at-large.
Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc operate under a dual listed company structure with primary stock listings in the United States (U.S.) and the United Kingdom (UK). Accordingly, we have implemented a single corporate governance framework consistent, to the extent possible, with the governance practices and requirements of both countries. While there are customs or practices that differ between the two countries, we believe our corporate governance framework effectively addresses the corporate governance requirements of both the U.S. and the UK.
Our corporate governance principles are set forth in our Corporate Governance Guidelines and the charters of our Board Committees. The actions described in these documents, which the Boards have reviewed and approved, implement applicable requirements, including the New York Stock Exchange listing requirements and, to the extent practicable, the UK Corporate Governance Code published by the UK Financial Reporting Council in April 2016 (the UK Corporate Governance Code), as well our own vision of good governance.
We will continue to monitor governance developments in the U.S. and the UK to ensure a vigorous and effective corporate governance framework of the highest international standards.
A new corporate governance code was published by the UK Financial Reporting Council in July 2018 (the New UK Corporate Governance Code). The New UK Corporate Governance Code only applies to financial years beginning on or after January 1, 2019. This means that the new requirements will apply to Carnival Corporation & plc for its fiscal year beginning December 1, 2019. We will continue to implement the systems and procedures that will need to be in place to ensure our compliance, to the extent practicable, with these requirements.
Our Corporate Governance Guidelines, copies of the charters of our Board Committees and our organizational documents are available under the Governance section of our website at www.carnivalcorp.com and www.carnivalplc.com.
ELECTION OR RE-ELECTION OF DIRECTORS
The Boards are elected by the shareholders to exercise business judgment to act in what they reasonably believe to be in the best interests of Carnival Corporation & plc and its shareholders. The Boards select and oversee the members of senior management, who are charged by the Boards with conducting the business of the company.
Nominations of Directors
Carnival Corporation and Carnival plc are two separate legal entities and, therefore, each has a separate Board of Directors, each of which in turn has its own Nominating & Governance Committee. As the dual listed company (DLC) arrangement requires that there be identical Boards of Directors, the Nominating & Governance Committees make one set of determinations in relation to both companies.