This excerpt taken from the ICI 6-K filed Mar 21, 2007.
Summary corporate governance report
the Committee reviews the Companys Annual Reports, interim results announcements and other significant materials disseminated to shareholders before they are released.
As a NYSE-listed foreign private issuer, ICI must comply with the NYSEs corporate governance rules and must disclose any significant ways in which its corporate governance practices differ from those required to be followed by US companies under the NYSE listing standards. We believe the following to be the significant differences between our corporate governance practices and the NYSE corporate governance rules applicable to US companies.
The ICI Board does not have a majority of independent Directors. However, the Board includes a balance of Executive Directors and independent NEDs such that no individual or group can dominate the Boards decision-making and the Company complies with the Combined Code.
The Board of ICI has assessed the independence of the NEDs against the criteria set out in the Combined Code and the NYSE corporate governance rules, save that in the case of the latter, the Board has not sought to enquire into the interests of Directors family members other than their spouse. On this basis the Board has concluded that all NEDs are independent.
Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee
ICI does not have a Nomination/Corporate Governance Committee. ICIs Nomination Committee comprises the Companys independent Non-Executive Directors and the Chairman who was deemed, under the Combined Code, to be independent on appointment. The responsibility for developing the Companys corporate governance principles rests with the Board.
Non-management Directors meetings
ICIs NEDs meet twice a year with the Chairman and Chief Executive. These meetings include evaluation of Board and individual Director performance and succession plans. The Chairman and Chief Executive both absent themselves when their own performances are being assessed. Discussions are led by the Chairman, except when his own performance and succession is discussed, when the Senior Independent Director takes the Chair.
Adoption and disclosure of corporate governance guidelines
As stated on page 14, ICI has applied the principles contained in Section I of the Combined Code and has complied throughout 2006, and to the date of this Annual Review, with the provisions set out therein as they apply to the Company. The Combined Code does not require ICI to disclose the full range of corporate governance guidelines with which it complies.
In compliance with the governance rules of the NYSE and Rule 10A-3 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company has determined that each member of the ICI Audit Committee satisfies the SEC independence requirements. Subsequent to this determination, the Company has filed with the NYSE a written affirmation that the Audit Committee complies with Section 303A of the NYSEs Listed Company Manual.