Section 172 of the Companies Act 2006 requires a director of a company to act in the way he or she considers, in good faith, would most likely promote the success of the company for the benefit of its members as a whole. In doing this section 172 requires a director to have regard, amongst other matters, to the:
In discharging the duties under section 172, the Company has regard to the factors set out above. In addition, the Company also has due regard to other factors which it considers relevant to the decision being made including: the long-term viability of the Company; its expected cash flow and financing requirements; the ongoing need for strategic investment in its business; and the interests, views and expectations of its members as the suppliers of long-term equity capital to the Company. By considering the Company’s purpose, vision and values together with its strategic priorities and having a process in place for decision-making, it does, however, aim to ensure that its decisions are consistent and made in the best interests of the Company.
The board of directors delegates authority for day-to-day management of the Company to executives and engages management in setting, approving and overseeing execution of the business strategy and related policies. For example, human resources, health and safety, financial and operational performance and legal and regulatory compliance matters are considered at regular management meetings. Management provides operational updates to the board and identifies key risks and stakeholder-related matters which arise during the course of the Company’s financial year. This is done through presentations to the board and/or reports which are sent in advance of board meetings.
The board of directors considers and, if thought fit, approves the Company’s activities by way of board meetings or written resolutions. As part of the board process, directors receive supporting explanatory materials, additional verbal and/or written information from executives and independent professional advice, as and when required, to ensure that they have full access to the necessary information about the Company and, where deemed necessary, independent professional advice in discharging the duties under section 172.
The Company’s key stakeholders are its employees and other subsidiary undertakings of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (“CKHH”). The views of, and the impact of the Company’s activities on, those stakeholders are an important consideration for the directors when making relevant decisions. For instance, the Company aims to ensure a positive and inclusive workplace for employees and provides training programmes to employees to help promote an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce. Given that the principal activity of the Company is the provision of consultancy and professional services primarily to other subsidiary undertakings of CKHH, the breadth of stakeholder considerations does not generally apply.
The Company coordinates with CKHH on all stakeholder engagements. The Company believes that this is a more efficient and effective approach as this helps achieve a greater positive impact than by working alone as an individual company. For further details on stakeholder engagement, please refer to CKHH’s Corporate Governance Report included in its 2019 Annual Report.