Pursuant to an exception for foreign private issuers, we, as a Marshall Islands company, are not required to comply with the corporate governance practices followed by U.S. companies under the NYSE listing standards.
We believe that our established practices in the area of corporate governance are in line with the spirit of the NYSE standards and provide adequate protection to our shareholders. In this respect, we have voluntarily adopted NYSE required practices, such as (i) having a majority of independent directors, (ii) establishing audit, compensation and nominating committees and (iii) adopting a Code of Ethics.
There are two significant differences between our corporate governance practices and the practices required by the NYSE. The NYSE requires that non-management directors meet regularly in executive sessions without management.
The NYSE also requires that all independent directors meet in an executive session at least once a year.
The Marshall Islands law and our bylaws do not require our non-management directors to regularly hold executive sessions without management.
The NYSE requires companies to adopt and disclose corporate governance guidelines. The guidelines must address, among other things: director qualification standards, director responsibilities, director access to management and independent advisers, director compensation, director orientation and continuing education, management succession and an annual performance evaluation.
We are not required to adopt such guidelines under Marshall Islands law and we have not adopted such guidelines.
Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of Scorpio Tankers business model
On shore and at sea, we consider carefully the impacts of our business decisions on the world at large. From designing and operating a fleet of modern fuel efficient vessels to improving environmental compliance procedures beyond industry standards, Scorpio’ concept of responsibility is to
- Monitor, and
policies that promote the health and safety of our people and reduce the impact of our operations on the environment.
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