These guidelines were adopted at the Annual General Meeting on June 24, 2020. Guidelines include Board members and Group management, which includes the President and other senior executives in Rottneros. The guidelines are forwardlooking and should be applied to benefits that are agreed, and changes that are made to benefits already agreed. The guidelines do not cover such remuneration as is decided by the Annual General Meeting.
Promotion of the company's business strategy, long-term interests and sustainability
Rottneros’s overall objective is to achieve sustainable profitability and yield a good return for the group’s shareholders. To deliver this, Rottneros will offer the highest quality products and services that create clear added value in growing niches. Rottneros is continuously working on developing new products and applications for existing as well as new customer groups. Employee safety, high productivity in the mills and a first-class level of service to Rottneros’s customers are of top priority. A prerequisite for a long-term successful and sustainable implementation of the company’s business strategy is that the company is able to recruit and retain qualified personnel. To this end, it is necessary that the company offers competitive remuneration. These guidelines enable the company to offer the executive management a competitive total remuneration.
Remuneration to executive management
Types of remuneration etc.
Rottneros shall offer remuneration in accordance with market practice which enables the recruitment and retention of qualified executives. Remunerations within Rottneros shall be based on principles of performance, competitiveness and fairness. The remuneration to the executive management may consist of fixed remuneration, variable remuneration, share and share-price related incentive programs, pension and other benefits. If local conditions justify variations in the remuneration principles, such variations may occur.
The fixed remuneration shall reflect the individual’s responsibility and experience level. The fixed remuneration shall be reviewed annually. The variable cash remuneration may amount to a maximum of 50 per cent of the annual fixed salary for the CEO, and a maximum of 30 per cent of the annual fixed salary for other members of the executive management. The variable cash remuneration covered by these guidelines shall aim at promoting the company’s business strategy and long-term interests, including its sustainability, by for example being clearly linked to the business strategy or promote the executive’s long-term development.
Fulfillment of the criteria for awarding variable cash remuneration shall be measured over a period of one year. To which extent the criteria for awarding variable cash remuneration has been satisfied shall be evaluated/determined when the measurement period has ended. The board of directors is responsible for the evaluation so far as it concerns variable cash remuneration to the CEO. For variable cash remuneration to other executives, the remuneration committee is responsible for the evaluation. For financial objectives, the evaluation shall be based on the latest financial information made public by the company.
For the CEO and other executive managers, pension benefits shall be premium defined and entitle the managers to pension from the age of 65. Variable cash remuneration shall qualify for pension benefits. Other benefits may include, for example, life insurance, medical insurance (Sw. sjukvårdsförsäkring) and company cars. Such benefits shall not constitute a substantial part of the total remuneration. Additional cash remuneration may be awarded in extraordinary circumstances, provided that such extraordinary arrangements are limited in time and only made on an individual basis, either for the purpose of recruiting or retaining executives, or as remuneration for extraordinary work performance beyond the individual’s ordinary tasks. Such cash remuneration shall be commercially justified, in proportion to the individuals fixed salary and not be paid more than once a year and per person. Any resolution on such remuneration shall be made by the board of directors based on a proposal from the remuneration committee.
In addition, general meetings may, if resolved, submit an offer of long-term incentive plans such as share- or share-price-related remuneration or incentive plans. Such plans are to be resolved by the general meeting and are therefore excluded from these guidelines.
For employments governed by rules other than Swedish these guidelines may be duly adjusted for compliance with such mandatory rules or established local practice, taking into account, to the extent possible, the overall purpose of these guidelines.
Criteria for awarding variable cash remuneration, etc.
The variable cash remuneration and remuneration awarded under potential cash-based incentive programs shall be linked to predetermined and measurable criteria which can be financial or non-financial. Fulfilment of the criteria for awarding short-term variable cash-based remuneration shall be measured for a period of one year. They may also be individualised, quantitative or qualitative objectives. The criteria for short-term as well as long-term variable cash remuneration shall be designed so as to contribute to the company’s business strategy and long-term interests, including its sustainability, by for example being clearly linked to the business strategy or promote the executive’s long-term development.
To which extent the criteria for awarding variable cash remuneration has been fulfilled shall be determined when the measurement period has ended. The remuneration committee is responsible for the evaluation. For financial objectives, the evaluation shall be based on the latest financial information made public by the company. The board of directors shall have the possibility, under applicable law or contractual provisions, subject to the restrictions that may apply under law or contract, to in whole or in part reclaim variable remuneration paid on incorrect grounds.
Remuneration to board members
Remuneration to board members for their work in the board of directors of Rottneros shall be resolved upon by the general meeting. The board of directors are only entitled to remuneration resolved by the general meeting. However, board members may receive additional remuneration for services board members provide to Rottneros within their respective areas of expertise in addition to their duties as board members. Such remuneration shall be on market terms and based in a consultancy agreement approved by the board of directors.
Salary and employment conditions for employees
In the preparation of the board of directors’ proposal for these remuneration guidelines, salary and employment conditions for employees of the company have been taken into account by including information on the employees’ total income, the components of the remuneration and increase and growth rate over time, in the remuneration committee’s and the board of directors’ basis of decision when evaluating whether the guidelines and the limitations set out herein are reasonable.
Termination of employment
In the event of termination by the company of the CEO’s employment the notice period may not exceed eighteen months and for other members of the executive management the notice period may not exceed twelve months. When termination is made by the executive, the notice period may not exceed twelve months. When termination of the CEO’s employment is made by the company, the CEO shall receive normal salary and other benefits during the notice period. In all other cases, no severance pay shall be paid.
Decision-making process, amendments and deviations, etc.
The decision-making process to determine, review and implement the policy
The board of directors has established a remuneration committee. The committee’s tasks include preparing the board of directors’ decision to propose guidelines for executive remuneration. The board of directors shall prepare a proposal for new guidelines at least every fourth year and submit it to the general meeting. The guidelines shall be in force until new guidelines are adopted by the general meeting. The remuneration committee shall also monitor and evaluate programs for variable remuneration for the executive management, the application of the guidelines for executive remuneration as well as the current remuneration structures and compensation levels in the company. The members of the remuneration committee are independent of the company and its executive management. The CEO and other members of the executive management do not participate in the board of directors’ processing of and resolutions regarding remuneration-related matters in so far as they are affected by such matters.
Derogation from the guidelines
The board of directors may temporarily resolve to derogate from the guidelines, in whole or in part, if in a specific case there is special cause for the derogation and a derogation is necessary to serve the company’s longterm interests, including its sustainability, or to ensure the company’s financial viability. As set out above, the remuneration committee’s tasks include preparing the board of directors’ resolutions in remuneration-related matters. This includes any resolutions to derogate from the guidelines.
Salary and remuneration in 2022 to the company's senior executives have been in accordance with guidelines established by the 2020 Annual General Meeting. Salaries and remuneration to the CEO and other senior executives during 2022 are stated in Note 7 in the annual report. The variable remuneration in 2022 has been linked to annually set and measurable goals.