This excerpt taken from the HSY DEF 14A filed Mar 10, 2005.
Selection and Composition of the Board
Board Size As set forth in the By-Laws of the Company (By-Laws), the Board has the power to fix the number of directors by resolution. The Companys Restated Certificate of Incorporation requires at least three directors. In fixing the number, the Board will be guided by the principle that a properly functioning Board is small enough to promote substantive discussions in which each member can actively participate, and large enough to offer diversity of background and expertise.
Board Membership Criteria In selecting directors, the Board generally seeks individuals with skills and backgrounds that will complement those of other directors and maximize the diversity and effectiveness of the Board as a whole. Directors should be of the highest integrity and well-respected in their fields, with superb judgment and the ability to learn the Companys business and express informed, useful and constructive views. In reviewing the qualifications of prospective directors, the Board will consider such factors as it deems appropriate in light of these guidelines, which may include judgment, skill, diversity, experience with businesses and other organizations of comparable size, the interplay of the candidates experience with the experience of the other Board members, and the extent to which any candidate would be a desirable addition to the Board and any committees of the Board. In general, the Board seeks individuals who are knowledgeable in fields including finance, international business, marketing, information technology, human resources and consumer products. All members of the Audit Committee must be financially literate and at least one member must have accounting or related financial management expertise and be an audit committee financial expert as defined in Item 401(h) of Regulation S-K of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), or any successor provision.
Independence The Company is not required to have a majority of independent directors, because it is a controlled company within the meaning of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing standards. However, the Company recently has operated with a Board composed of directors who are independent, with the exception of the Chairman and CEO. As this practice has served the Company well, a requirement that a majority of the Board consist of independent directors is included in these guidelines. In addition, the Companys Audit Committee, Compensation and Executive Organization Committee, and Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance shall consist solely of independent directors. At least annually, the directors shall determine which directors are independent. Rather than have one set of criteria for Board members as a whole and additional criteria for Audit Committee members, the Board will judge the independence of all directors based on the stringent standards applicable to Audit Committee members. Accordingly, the independence of directors shall be determined based on the following criteria:
A director who is not deemed non-independent under the foregoing shall be presumed to have no material relationship with the Company, however the Board shall make its determination based on all facts and circumstances. For purposes of application of these criteria, (i) immediate family shall be defined as including all individuals who are considered immediate family of a director under the regulations implementing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as well as all individuals who are considered immediate family of a director under the NYSE listing standards, (ii) compensation received by a director for former service as an interim Chairman or CEO or other executive officer shall not be considered in determining independence, and (iii) references to Company for purposes of determining independence, include any parent or subsidiary in a consolidated group with the Company. Directors shall notify the Chair of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance and the Chairman and CEO prior to accepting a board position on any other organization, so that the effect, if any, of such position on the directors independence may be evaluated.
Selection of Board Members Nomination of directors is the responsibility of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance, all of whose members shall be independent directors. Recommendations may come from directors, stockholders or other sources. Recommendations may come from management, with the understanding that the Board is not required to consider candidates recommended by management. It is expected that all members of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance will interview prospective candidates before their nominations are approved by the Committee. An offer to join the Board will be extended by the Chair of the Committee on Directors and Corporate Governance or the Chairman of the Board if the Chairman is not also an officer or employee of the Company.