Corporate governance stands for responsible corporate management and control geared to long-term value creation.
The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of RATIONAL AG, Landsberg am Lech, hereby declare in accordance with section 161 of the AktG that, since the last declaration of conformity was submitted in February 2019, the recommendations of the Government Commission for a German Corporate Governance Code (as amended and published in the Federal Gazette on 24 April 2017) have been and are being complied with, with the following exceptions.
Responsible corporate governance that is geared to sustained value creation and preservation is the benchmark of all actions of the Executive Board and Supervisory Board of RATIONAL AG and the cornerstone of the company’s success. The following is the Executive Board’s and Supervisory Boards’ report on corporate governance at RATIONAL in accordance with our corporate governance principles, principle 22 of the German Corporate Governance Code, as amended on 16 December 2019, and sections 289f and 315d of the German Commercial Code (Handelsgesetzbuch, HGB). The report is supplemented by the remuneration report, which is part of the company’s management report.
The year 2020 was dominated by the coronavirus crisis and the successful launch of our new product generations, iCombi and iVario, despite the crisis. Even more so than usual, corporate governance under these difficult conditions focussed on the stability and future viability of the company as a whole as well as on the sustained improvement of corporate quality. Despite the considerable negative impact of the pandemic and the protection measures on our customers’ business, the resulting sharp decline in sales revenues and the costs of the market launch initiative and of adapting it to the changed circumstances, RATIONAL secured its liquidity and high equity ratio while keeping profitability at a high level.
Professional risk management and the kind of sustained optimum performance that regularly improve the quality of a company are inextricably linked. That is why RATIONAL’s risk management system has many instruments for the early identification and analysis of risks and opportunities. To this end, our processes and early warning instruments are continually revised and improved.
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