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Corporate governance

Atkins is committed to high standards of corporate governance. A report on the Company’s corporate governance is included in our Annual Report.

Throughout the year ended 31 March 2016 the Company complied with all provisions of the UK Corporate Governance Code (the Code), published by the Financial Reporting Council (the FRC) in 2014, except the provision which requires all directors to attend the Company’s AGM and the chairman of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committee to be available to answer questions at the meeting. Unfortunately, Raj Rajagopal, chairman of the Remuneration Committee, was unwell on the day of the 2015 AGM and was unable to attend.

More information on our governance framework can be found as follows:

  The Company’s articles of association

 Terms of reference for the Board’s committees

 The role of the Board
 Division of responsibilities and the chairman
 Non-executive directors

 The composition of and appointments to the Board
 Incorporating information regarding the Nomination Committee
 Development information and support
 Election and re-election 

 Financial and business reporting
 Risk management and internal controls
 Incorporating information regarding the Group’s governance framework covering areas such as:
  • Region/business performance controls
  • project controls
  • quality, safety, security and environment (QSSE)
  • business conduct
  • people
  • risk
  • internal audit
  • independent audit
  • the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls

 Audit Committee and independent auditor

 Remuneration Committee

 Dialogue with shareholders
 Constructive use of the AGM