The Company is committed to maintaining a high standard of corporate governance and strives for a transparent, responsible and value-driven management focused on enhancing the value of the Company to its shareholders. The corporate governance principles of the Company place emphasis on upholding a high standard of ethics and integrity in all aspects of its business, and on ensuring that affairs are conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. The Board believes that good corporate governance is beneficial for maintaining close and trustful relationships with its employees, business partners, shareholders and investors.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE CODE
Throughout the period ended 30 June 2012, the Company has complied with the Code on Corporate Governance Practices (the“Code”) as set out in Appendix 14 to the Rules Governing the Listing of Securities on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the “Listing Rules”), except that:
1. Code Provision D.1.4 stipulates that all directors should clearly understand delegation arrangements in place. The Company should have formal letters of appointment for directors setting out the key terms and conditions of their appointment. The Company has no formal letters of appointment for all directors as most of them have been serving as directors for a considerable period of time, a clear understanding of the terms and conditions of their appointment already exists between the Company and the directors, and so there is no written record of the same. In any event, all directors, including those without a letter of appointment and those appointed for a specific term, shall be subject to retirement by rotation in the manner prescribed under the articles of association of the Company, and on re-election of the retiring directors, shareholders are given information that is reasonably necessary for them to make an informed decision on the reappointment of the relevant directors;
2. Code Provision F.1.1 stipulates that the company secretary should be an employee of the Company and have the day-to-day knowledge of the Company’s affairs. The company secretary of the Company, Ms. Pang Siu Yin, is a partner of the Company’s legal adviser, Cheung Tong & Rosa Solicitors. Ms. Pang has been appointed as the company secretary of the Company since February 2008. The Company has also assigned a member of the senior management, Ms. Chen Hong, head of legal department of the Company, as the contact person with Ms. Pang. Information in relation to the performance, financial position and other major developments and affairs of the Group (including but not limited to the management monthly report to the Board) are speedily delivered to Ms. Pang through the contact persons assigned, Ms. Pang is very familiar with the operations and management of the Group. Having in place a mechanism that she will get hold of the Group’s development promptly without material delay and with her expertise and experience, the Board is confident that having Ms. Pang as the company secretary is beneficial to the Group’s compliance of the relevant board procedures, applicable laws, rules and regulations.
MODEL CODE FOR SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS BY DIRECTORS OF THE COMPANY
The Board has adopted a code of conduct regarding directors’ securities transaction on terms more stringent than the required standard as set out in the Model Code for Securities Transactions by Directors of Listed Issuers (the “Model Code”) as set out in Appendix 10 to the Listing Rules.
Specific enquiry has been made with all directors who have confirmed that throughout the six months ended on 30 June 2012, they have complied with the required standards set out in the Model Code and the Company’s code of conduct regarding directors’ securities transactions.