For an effective corporate management and control, Brenntag is organized through a transparent management system with three bodies: Board of Management, Supervisory Board and General Shareholders' Meeting.
The Board of Management manages the company under its own responsibility in the interests of the company and reports regularly and comprehensively to the Supervisory Board on all issues relevant to the company.
The Supervisory Board appoints and dismisses the members of the Board of Management, monitors and advises the Board of Management in its management of the Company and must be involved in decisions of fundamental importance to the Company.
The shareholders regularly exercise their shareholder rights at the General Shareholders' Meeting. The General Shareholders’ Meeting elects the members of the Supervisory Board and, in particular, resolves on the formal discharge of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board, the distribution of profits, capital measures, the authorization of share buybacks, the Articles of Association of the Company and the selection of the auditor.
Brenntag SE prepares its consolidated financial statements in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRSs”), as adopted by the EU. The single-entity financial statements of Brenntag SE are prepared in accordance with the German Commercial Code (Handelsgesetzbuch). Since 2010, Brenntag SE has been publicly listed.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Aktiengesellschaft Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft (PwC), a member of the German Chamber of Public Accountants (Wirtschaftsprüferkammer) in Berlin, is our statutory auditor. The statutory audit is managed centrally from the PwC office at Moskauer Straße 19, 40227 Düsseldorf. Following the external invitation to tender for the audit services for financial year 2020, Ms Christiane Lawrenz is the audit partner responsible at PwC. The review of the half-yearly financial statements for the period ended June 30, 2020 was the first assurance service for Brenntag SE to be signed by Ms Lawrenz as the responsible auditor.
Corporate Governance Statement
The Board of Management and Supervisory Board jointly issue the corporate governance statement and report on the principles of responsible corporate governance at Brenntag, each being responsible for the parts of the report that relate to them. In accordance with Principle 22 of the German Corporate Governance Code in its current version of December 16, 2019, published on March 20, 2020, the corporate governance statement pursuant to section 289f, para. 1, sentence 2 and section 315d of the German Commercial Code (HGB) is the central instrument of corporate governance reporting.
Articles of association
The articles of association contain the company's corporate law principles and must be drawn up in compliance with the legal requirements.