Corporate Responsibility
Our Policy

Code of Best Practice

The Ironveld Board seeks to follow best practice in corporate governance as appropriate for a company of our size, nature and stage of development. As a public company listed on AIM we recognise the importance of an effectively operating corporate governance framework. The Board has adopted the principles of the 2018 Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code - (“the QCA Code”) to support the Company's governance framework. The Directors acknowledge the importance of the ten principles set out in the QCA Code and this statement briefly sets out how we currently comply with the provisions of the QCA Code and the reasons for any departures from it.

The Board of Directors The Board comprises the Chairman, two Executive Officers and three Non-Executive Directors. Detailed biographies of the Board members and each of the committees can be found on the website and in the Annual Report, including their relevant experience, skills and capabilities. The Group is controlled and led by the Board of Directors with an established schedule of matters reserved for their specific approval. The Board meets regularly throughout the year and is responsible for the overall Group strategy, acquisition and divestment policy, approval of major capital expenditure and consideration of significant financial matters. It reviews the strategic direction of the Company and its individual subsidiaries, their annual budgets, their progress towards achievement of these budgets and their capital expenditure programmes. The function of the Chairman is to supervise the Board and to ensure its effective control of the business, and that of the Chief Executive is to manage the Group on the Board's behalf.
All Board members have access, at all times, to sufficient information about the business, to enable them to fully discharge their duties. Also, procedures exist covering the circumstances under which the Directors may need to obtain independent professional advice. The Board has established the following committees to fulfil specific functions: The Board has met 8 times throughout the year with Rupert Fraser and Duncan Harvey each missing one meeting.

The Audit Committee has been established to determine the terms of engagement of the group's auditors and will determine, in consultation with the auditors, the scope of the audit. The Audit Committee will receive and review reports from management and the group's auditors relating to the interim and annual accounts and the accounting and internal control systems in use throughout the group. The Audit Committee will have unrestricted access to the group's auditors and internal control procedures.
Due to the nature and size of the Group at present it would not be appropriate for the Group to have its own internal audit department reporting directly to the Audit Committee, this situation is reviewed annually.

The Remuneration Committee has been established to review the scale and structure of the executive directors' and senior employees' remuneration and the terms of their respective service or employment contracts, including share option schemes and other bonus arrangements. The remuneration and terms and conditions of the non-executive directors of the Company will be set by the Board.

The Nomination Committee has been established to review the structure, size and composition (including the skills, knowledge and experience) required of the Board compared to its current position and make recommendations to the Board with regard to any changes.

The external time commitments are reported upon in the director’s biographies. The Nomination Committee is tasked with ensuring directors are aware of the time commitment requirements during the recruitment selection process and on an ongoing basis. They also help ensure during the year that appointees do not have time commitment issues. All Directors receive detailed induction training upon joining the Board, covering compliance issues, risk management considerations, Board processes and corporate governance considerations. The Senior Independent Director provides a sounding board for the Chairman and assists in building relationships between major shareholders and the Board. The Senior Independent Director is available to shareholders if they have concerns which contact through the normal channels of Chairman, Chief Executive or other Executive Directors has failed to resolve or for which such contact is inappropriate. The Board continue to conduct internal and external Board evaluations which consider the balance of skills, experience, independence and knowledge of the Company. The evaluation process, the Board refreshment, use of third-party search companies and succession planning elements are discussed. The Nomination Committee recommends and reviews nominees for the appointments of new Directors to the Board and ensures there is due process used in selecting candidates.

Status of Non-executive directors None of the Non-Executive Directors would be deemed independent under the UK Corporate Governance Code. However, the Non-Executive Directors have considerable experience which the Company draws upon on a regular basis. In addition, the Non-Executive Directors are sufficiently independent of management so as to be able to exercise independent judgement and bring an objective viewpoint and, thereby, protect and promote the interest of shareholders.

Internal control On the wider aspects of internal control, relating to operational and compliance controls and risk management, the Board, in setting the control environment, identifies, reviews, and regularly reports on the key areas of business risk facing the Group. The Group Board and subsidiary Boards maintain close day to day involvement in all the Group's activities which enables control to be achieved and maintained. This includes the comprehensive review of both management and technical reports, the monitoring of interest rates, environmental considerations, government and fiscal policy issues, employment and information technology requirements and cash control procedures. In this way, the key risk areas can be monitored effectively, and specialist expertise applied in a timely and productive manner. The effectiveness of the Group's system of internal financial controls, for the year to 30 June 2017 and for the period to the date of approval of the financial statements, has been reviewed by the Directors. Whilst they are aware that although no system can provide for absolute assurance against material misstatement or loss, they are satisfied that effective controls are in place.

Relations with shareholders As part of our commitment to shareholder engagement we have been seeking the views of shareholders through outreach campaigns and roadshows. The Company maintains effective contact with its principal shareholders and welcomes communications from its private investors. The Company’s Financial PR contact details are listed on the website and a contact form is also included. The Board is kept updated on questions / issues raised by stakeholders and incorporates information and feedback into future decision making. The directors meet with institutional shareholders on a regular basis to understand their expectations and elicit feedback. The Company holds an AGM which provides private shareholders with an opportunity to ask questions and engage with Company management. The Company also communicates with shareholders through the Annual Report and Accounts, full-year end and half-year results announcements. A range of corporate information (including all Company announcements and presentations) is available to shareholders, investors and the public on the Company’s corporate website. The Company also has a social media account (Twitter) through which the Company maintains a dialogue with shareholders and interested parties.