On Thursday 8 December 2016 the Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee has published the revised Dutch Corporate Governance Code (the Code). The Code has been revised at the request of the National Federation of Christian Trade Unions in the Netherlands (CNV), Eumedion, the Federation of Dutch Trade Unions (FNV), Euronext NV, the Association of Stockholders (VEB), the Association of Securities-Issuing Companies (VEUO) and the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW). The most important change is the central role given to long-term value creation, and the introduction of ‘culture’ as a component of effective corporate governance. In addition, the Code has been updated in a number of other areas.
The Code 2016 can be downloaded here.
The press release can be downloaded here.
An introduction to the Code in which the most important changes in respect to the Code 2008 are explained can be downloaded here.
Dutch listed companies are required to report in 2018 on compliance with the revised Code in the 2017 financial year. The condition for this is that the revised Code must be enshrined in Dutch law by the cabinet in 2017.
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