To comply with the Code of Best Practices, the Company has determined policies concerning corporate governance to ensure transparency in all level of organization, from operational employees to the Board of Directors. The policies lay a crucial foundation to improve efficiency and effectiveness of business operation that will benefit the Company and shareholders in a long run. Therefore, the Company has completely complied with all 15 Code of Best Practices guideline provided by the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
1. Policies concerning corporate governance
The Company’s Board of Directors understands the importance of good corporate governance, internal standard and compliance with the policies of the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The Board appoints Audit Committee to audit and control the Company’s affairs to promote good organization culture and business ethics. The Board is confident that good corporate governance practice will help support the Company’s operation and is one of the key objectives that will maximize shareholders wealth.
The values that the Company expects every directors and employees to keep in mind in every mission are:
1.1 Operate professionally, faithfully and ethically.
1.2 Create harmonious and cooperative workplace.
1.3 Follow good work practices to develop the Company, nations and society.
1.4 Cooperate and be flexible to respond to every situation.
2. Rights and equitable treatments of shareholders
From 2002, after the Company has been converted into the public company limited status, the Company has sent meeting invitation along with documents at least 7 days prior to the meeting to comply with the legal requirement. Moreover, the Company has a policy to treat all shareholders on equitable basis. The shareholders can freely select director, vote on agendas and raised any comments and questions in the meeting according to the meeting regulation. Every shareholder will have equal right to receive complete and accurate information on timely basis. Every shareholder will be able to check out the information. Moreover, after the Company is listed in the Stock Exchange of Thailand, the Company plan to increase options for the shareholders by appointing independent directors to receive proxy from the shareholders in case the shareholders cannot attend the meeting.
3. Rights of the stakeholders
The Company respects the rights of every stakeholder, whether the internal stakeholders such as employees and management of the Company and subsidiary, or external stakeholders such as customers, trade partners, competitors, creditors, regulators and other related agencies. The Company has complied with relevant laws and regulations to preserve rights of the above stakeholders. The Company has treated employees fairly by offering appropriate compensation; bought products and services from suppliers and acted according to the contract terms; cared and responsible for customers and keep their confidentiality, etc. The Company’ s code of ethics also indicates the practices that considered ethical competition that will not seek competitor’ s confidential information by unethical and inappropriate means. The Company has a policy to operate business and grow with the community.
4. The shareholders meeting
The Company sends meeting invitation and documents concerning relevant agendas to the shareholders at least 7 days prior to the shareholders’ meeting. The Company has a policy to give shareholders equal rights to check on business operation, give suggestion or raise questions. The Company records important questions and comments in the shareholders’ meeting minutes. Moreover, after the Company is listed in the Stock Exchange of Thailand, the Company has a policy to appoint independent directors to take proxy from the shareholders in case the shareholders cannot participate in the meeting. The Chairman of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Board should participate in every Board meeting and Audit Committee meeting according to the good corporate governance practice.
5. Leadership and vision
The Board of Directors comprises of knowledgeable, skilled and experienced personnel in the business that determine policy, vision, strategies, objective, mission, business plan and the Company’s budgets. The Board also ensures that the management performs in accordance with the stated policy efficiently and effectively within the scope of laws, the Company’s regulation and the shareholders’ resolution. The Board will perform duties responsibly and prudently according to the Code of Best Practices to maximize economic value and shareholders’ value. Moreover, the Company gave importance to the internal audit system, internal audit process, appropriate risk management measures and traceable system to make sure the operation is in compliance with the law, and the Company has good audit system to maximize benefit for the Company. Moreover, the Board of Directors clearly determines the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, Audit Committee, Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officers.
6. Conflict of Interest
The Board of Directors and management has prudently and ethically eliminate conflict of interest problem under the scope of good ethical guideline for the best interest of the Company. The guidelines are practiced to create transparency and prevent abusing authority for personal gain. The Company has regulations to prevent directors, management and operational employees to use undisclosed insider’s information of the Company and subsidiary for personal benefit. Moreover, if there is related transaction or transaction concerning asset acquisition or disposal of the Company or subsidiary, the Company will carry out the transaction according to the criteria and procedures stated by the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
7. Business ethics
The Company is committed to act ethically. Every director, management and employee has obligation to perform duties with accountability within the scope of laws and personal responsibilities. Everyone must prudently act on any transaction and withhold from any action that may damage the Company and society, despite the action may perceived to benefit the Company. The Company provided director and employee code of conduct and code of business ethics for the employee to follow. Both codes were approved by the Board of Directors on 20 November 2007.