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This excerpt taken from the HAS DEF 14A filed Apr 6, 2009.
Director Independence
 
Hasbro’s Board has adopted Standards for Director Independence (the “Independence Standards”) in accordance with the New York Stock Exchange’s corporate governance listing standards. The Independence Standards specify criteria used by the Board in making determinations with respect to the independence of its members and include strict guidelines for directors and their immediate family members with respect to past employment or affiliation with the Company or its independent auditor. The Independence Standards are available on Hasbro’s website at www.hasbro.com, under “Corporate — Investor Relations — Corporate Governance.” A copy of the Independence Standards is also attached as Appendix A to this proxy statement.
 
The Independence Standards restrict commercial relationships between directors and the Company and include the consideration of other relationships with the Company, including charitable relationships, in making independence determinations. Using the Independence Standards, the Board has determined that each of the following directors are independent and have no relationships which impact an independence determination under the Company’s Independence Standards: Basil L. Anderson, Alan R. Batkin, Frank J. Biondi, Jr., Kenneth A. Bronfin, John M. Connors, Jr., Michael W.O. Garrett, E. Gordon Gee, Jack M. Greenberg, Tracy A. Leinbach, Edward M. Philip and Paula Stern.
 
Of the Company’s directors who were determined to be independent, there were only three directors who had relationships which needed to be considered by the Board. Mr. Bronfin is President of Hearst Interactive Media, the interactive media division of diversified media company Hearst Corporation. The Company’s media placement firm, MediaCom, places some advertising with entities within the Hearst Corporation family, but the aggregate payments associated with any such advertising placement for any fiscal year are well below the threshold set in the Company’s Independence Standards of 2% of Hearst’s consolidated gross revenues. Mr. Garrett serves on the Board of Gottex Funds Management Holdings. Gottex serves as one of Hasbro’s pension fund investment managers. Mr. Garrett is not an officer or an employee of Gottex, and serves only as an outside director. The Company paid Gottex approximately $440,000 for its pension fund investment managerial services in 2008. Mr. Greenberg was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation through December 31, 2002. To date Mr. Greenberg remains an employee of McDonald’s. The Company and McDonald’s are party to certain


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arrangements pursuant to which (i) the Company licenses its intellectual property to McDonald’s for use in promotions, (ii) the Company sells certain products to McDonald’s and (iii) McDonald’s licenses its brand to the Company for the use in certain Company products. The payments from the Company to McDonald’s and from McDonald’s to the Company pursuant to these arrangements do not arise to the levels which would raise an issue under the Company’s independence standards.
 
The only three members of the Company’s Board who were determined not to be independent were Brian Goldner (current President and Chief Executive Officer), Alan G. Hassenfeld (formerly an executive officer of the Company), and Alfred J. Verrecchia (formerly an executive officer of the Company).
 
This excerpt taken from the HAS DEF 14A filed Apr 8, 2008.
Director Independence
 
Hasbro’s Board has adopted Standards for Director Independence (the “Independence Standards”) in accordance with the New York Stock Exchange’s corporate governance listing standards. The Independence Standards specify criteria used by the Board in making determinations with respect to the independence of its members and include strict guidelines for directors and their immediate family members with respect to past employment or affiliation with the Company or its independent auditor.
 
The Independence Standards restrict commercial relationships between directors and the Company and include the consideration of other relationships with the Company, including charitable relationships, in making independence determinations. Using the Independence Standards, the Board has determined that each of the following directors are independent and have no relationships which impact an independence determination under the Company’s Independence Standards: Basil L. Anderson, Alan R. Batkin, Frank J. Biondi, Jr., Kenneth A. Bronfin, John M. Connors, Jr., Michael W.O. Garrett, E. Gordon Gee, Jack M. Greenberg, Claudine B. Malone, Edward M. Philip and Paula Stern.
 
Of the Company’s directors who were determined to be independent, there were only three directors who had relationships which needed to be considered by the Board. Mr. Greenberg was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation through December 31, 2002. To date Mr. Greenberg remains an employee of McDonald’s. The Company and McDonald’s are party to certain arrangements pursuant to which (i) the Company licenses its intellectual property to McDonald’s for use in promotions, (ii) the Company sells certain products to McDonald’s and (iii) McDonald’s licenses its brand to the Company for the use in certain Company products. The payments from the Company to McDonald’s and from McDonalds’ to the Company pursuant to these arrangements do not rise to the levels which would raise an issue under the Company’s independence standards. The Company uses applicant tracking and recruitment software and services provided by Vurv Technologies, Inc. (“Vurv”). Jim Philip, a shareholder of Vurv, is the brother of Edward M. Philip. The payments from the Company pursuant to this arrangement also do not meet the thresholds set in the Company’s independence standards. The arrangement with Vurv is described in more detail on page 14 of this proxy statement. Mr. Bronfin is President of Hearst Interactive Media, the interactive media division of diversified media company Hearst Corporation. The Company’s media


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placement firm, MediaCom, places some advertising with entities within the Hearst Corporation family, but the aggregate payments associated with any such advertising placement for any fiscal year are well below the threshold set in the Company’s Independence Standards of 2% of Hearst’s consolidated gross revenues.
 
The only three members of the Company’s Board who were determined not to be independent were Alan G. Hassenfeld (formerly an executive officer of the Company), Alfred J. Verrecchia (current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company) and Brian Goldner (current Chief Operating Officer of the Company). The Independence Standards are available on Hasbro’s website at www.hasbro.com, under “Corporate Information — Investors — Corporate Governance” and a copy is also attached as Appendix A to this proxy statement.
 
This excerpt taken from the HAS DEF 14A filed Apr 16, 2007.
Director Independence
 
Hasbro’s Board has adopted Standards for Director Independence (the “Independence Standards”) in accordance with the New York Stock Exchange’s corporate governance listing standards. The Independence Standards specify criteria used by the Board in making determinations with respect to the independence of its members and include strict guidelines for directors and their immediate family members with respect to past employment or affiliation with the Company or its independent auditor.
 
The Independence Standards restrict commercial relationships between directors and the Company and include the consideration of other relationships with the Company, including charitable relationships, in making independence determinations. Using the Independence Standards, the Board has determined that each of the following directors are independent and have no relationships which impact an independence determination under the Company’s Independence Standards: Basil L. Anderson, Alan R. Batkin, Frank J. Biondi, Jr., John M. Connors, Jr., Michael W.O. Garrett, E. Gordon Gee, Jack M. Greenberg, Claudine B. Malone, Edward M. Philip and Paula Stern.
 
Of the Company’s directors who were determined to be independent, there were only two directors who had relationships which needed to be considered by the Board. Mr. Greenberg was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s Corporation through December 31, 2002. To date Mr. Greenberg remains an employee of McDonald’s. The Company and McDonald’s are party to certain arrangements pursuant to which (i) the Company licenses its intellectual property to McDonald’s for use in promotions, (ii) the Company sells certain products to McDonald’s and (iii) McDonald’s licenses its brand to the Company for the use in certain Company products. The payments from the Company to McDonald’s and from McDonald’s to the Company pursuant to these arrangements do not arise to the levels which would raise an issue under the Company’s independence standards. The other relationship which was considered is the Company’s use of applicant tracking and recruitment software and services provided by Vurv Technologies, Inc. (“Vurv”). Jim Philip, a member of the board of directors and a shareholder of Vurv, is the brother of Edward M. Philip. The payments from the Company pursuant to this arrangement also do not meet the thresholds set in the Company’s independence standards. The arrangement with Vurv is described in more detail on pages 12 and 13 of this proxy statement.


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The only two members of the Company’s Board who were determined not to be independent were Alan G. Hassenfeld (formerly an executive officer of the Company) and Alfred J. Verrecchia (current President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company). The Independence Standards are available on Hasbro’s website at www.hasbro.com, under “Corporate Information — Investors — Corporate Governance” and a copy is also attached as Appendix A to this proxy statement.
 
This excerpt taken from the HAS DEF 14A filed Apr 17, 2006.
Director Independence
 
Hasbro’s Board has adopted Standards for Director Independence (the “Independence Standards”) in accordance with the New York Stock Exchange’s corporate governance listing standards. The Independence Standards specify criteria used by the Board in making determinations with respect to the independence of its members and include strict guidelines for directors and their immediate family members with respect to past employment or affiliation with the Company or its independent auditor.
 
The Independence Standards restrict commercial relationships between directors and the Company and include the consideration of other relationships with the Company, including charitable relationships, in making independence determinations. Using the Independence Standards, the Board has determined that each of the following directors are independent and have no relationships which impact an independence determination under the Company’s Independence Standards: Basil L. Anderson, Alan R. Batkin, Frank J. Biondi, Jr., John M. Connors, Jr., Michael W.O. Garrett, E. Gordon Gee, Jack M. Greenberg, Claudine B. Malone, Edward M. Philip and Paula Stern. The only two members of the Company’s Board who were determined not to be independent were Alan G. Hassenfeld and Alfred J. Verrecchia. The Independence Standards are available on Hasbro’s website at www.hasbro.com, under “Corporate Information — Investors — Corporate Governance” and are attached as Appendix A to this proxy statement.
 
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