Corporate Governance 2013
Corporate Governance – Declaration of Conformity 2013
Declaration of Conformity with the German Corporate Governance Code (Code) by the Management Board and Supervisory Board of USU Software AG pursuant to Article 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG)
The Management Board and Supervisory Board of USU Software AG declare that since the latest declaration of conformity on November 21, 2012 the recommendations of the "Government Commission for the German Corporate Governance Code" in the version dated May 15, 2012 and since they took effect in the version dated May 13, 2013 have been and will in future continue to be complied with, although the following recommendations have not been and will not be applied:
Clause 4.2.1 of the Code stipulates that the Board of Management shall comprise several persons.
The Management Board of USU Software AG has and continues to comprise one person who simultaneously acts as the spokesperson for the Management Board. This structure takes into account the fact that USU Software AG focuses primarily on acquiring and holding participations in other companies. In addition, a Management or Executive Board assumes responsibility for operative management at the Group subsidiaries.
In accordance with item 5.1.2 of the Code, diversity should be observed in the composition of the Management Board and an age limit specified for its members.
The Management Board of USU Software AG has and continues to comprise of one person who simultaneously acts as the Chairman of the Management Board. Thus, the diversity requirements of the Code do not apply. A general age limit for the Management Board of USU Software AG has not been specified and is not intended. Regarding the composition of the Management Board, the Supervisory Board bases its decisions on the technical and personal aptitude of the persons in question, regardless of their sex or age, as the company does not generally wish to rule out the potential of older, experienced and renowned personalities when choosing the members of the Management Board.
In accordance with clauses 5.3.1, 5.3.2 and 5.3.3 of the Code, the Supervisory Board shall form committees such as an Audit Committee and a Nomination Committee.
As the Supervisory Board of USU Software AG comprises three members, there has been and remains no intention to set up committees. Independently of this, the Supervisory Board of the company jointly assumes the tasks of these committees.
In accordance with item 5.4.1 of the Code, the Supervisory Board has to be composed in such a way that its members as a group possess the knowledge, abilities and expert experience required to properly complete its tasks. Meanwhile, the Supervisory Board should name specific goals for its composition, which should include provisions such as an established age limit for Supervisory Board members and diversity.
Regarding its own composition, the Supervisory Board of USU Software AG bases its decisions on the technical and personal aptitude of the persons in question, taking into account their knowledge, abilities and expert experience required to properly complete their tasks. Neither a general age limit for members of the Supervisory Board of USU Software AG nor specific quotas based on sex have been or are intended as the company does not generally wish to rule out the potential of older, experienced and renowned personalities when choosing the members of the Supervisory Board. In addition, in the opinion of the company, such an age limit would inappropriately restrict shareholders’ voting rights in the Annual General Meeting.
In accordance with clause 5.4.6 of the Code, members of the Supervisory Board shall receive separate compensation for assumption of the office of Chairman or Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board or for membership of a Supervisory Board committee.
Compensation was and is not envisaged for assumption of the office of Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board or for membership or chairmanship of a committee of the Supervisory Board. The company considers there to be no increased incentive based on assumption of the position of Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board because the Supervisory Boards of USU Software AG are also to a large degree not dependent on such incentives and work with great commitment for the good of the company. Based on the composition of the Supervisory Board with three experienced members who jointly assume the envisaged functions, the formation of Supervisory Board committees and accordingly the associated compensation has been and will also in the future continue to be forgone.
According to clause 7.1.2 of the Code, the interim reports shall be made publicly accessible within 45 days after the end of the reporting period.
In the past, USU Software AG has published interim reports in accordance with the relevant stock exchange rules and regulations immediately after they have been completed and at the very latest within two months following the end of the reporting period. This policy will continue to apply. In observing statutorily stipulated deadlines, the interests of company shareholders in being informed are, in the opinion of USU Software AG, accommodated to an adequate extent, especially since the statutory disclosure requirements are fully observed and complied with.
Management Board and Supervisory Board of USU Software AG
Supervisory Board Chairman
Management Board Spokesperson
Möglingen, November 28, 2013