LEKKERLAND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE CODEX
Declaration by the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Lekkerland AG & Co. KG on the German Corporate Governance Code
The German Corporate Governance Code (“Code”) presents key statutory regulations for the management and supervision of German companies listed on the stock exchange and includes recognised standards for good and responsible corporate governance. The code is primarily directed towards companies listed on the stock exchange and companies with access to the capital markets pursuant to Article § 161 Section 1 Sentence 2 of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz). Implementation of the Code is also recommended for companies not traded on the stock exchange, and the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of Lekkerland AG & Co. KG have therefore passed a resolution to apply the content of the Code for purposes of corporate governance, taking account of the specific legal circumstances of Lekkerland AG & Co. KG and of the Group companies affiliated with it (together “Lekkerland Group”).
The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board have therefore adopted a Lekkerland Corporate Governance Code (“Lekkerland Code”) closely based on this Code. It takes into account the fact that Lekkerland AG & Co. KG is managed in the legal form of a German commercial partnership (Kommanditgesellschaft, KG) with a general partner (Komplementärin) in the legal form of an Austrian joint-stock company (Aktiengesellschaft, AG) and is not listed on the stock exchange. When the Lekkerland Code was adopted, particular emphasis was placed on maximum possible correspondence with the Code. The following company-specific characteristics were taken into account when the Lekkerland Code was drawn up:
The terminology of the Code based on companies listed on the stock exchange and publicly traded companies, and the regulations of the Code directed towards a broadly based audience of stock traders, was harmonised with the legal form and company structure of Lekkerland AG & Co. KG.
Differences between the Austrian regulations applicable to Lekkerland AG and the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz) and divergences in the regulatory treatment of reporting on accounting were taken into account in the Lekkerland Code.
Furthermore, in individual cases the Lekkerland Code includes company-specific regulations under the applicable statutory powers.
The Lekkerland Code and a description of its linguistic and substantive deviations from the Code are presented on the Internet site of the Lekkerland Group and can be accessed by going to http://www.lekkerland.com.
Frechen, November 2014
Lekkerland AG & Co. KG
The Board of Management
The Supervisory Board