Pernod Ricard receives the Top Award for Corporate Governance
Press Release - Paris, 18 September 2013
At the tenth annual Awards for Corporate Governance organised by AGEFI (Swiss online financial daily) yesterday night Pernod Ricard received the "Grand Prix" (top award) for Corporate Governance as well as the First Prize for the composition of its Board of Directors.
For the past ten years, these accolades have been awarded based on the results of a survey of finance industry professionals. The methodology is qualified and validated by a steering committee, which identifies good practices within companies included in the SBF 120 index, based on data provided in the annual report and the registration document.
The award for the composition of the Board of Directors is given based on various criteria such as the proportion of women on the Board, the proportion of members of foreign nationality, detailed information on Board members and the length of their terms of office, and the clearly specified independence of Board members.
The “Grand Prix" for Corporate Governance was unanimously awarded by the members of the Steering Committee bearing witness to a Governance policy that is at the heart of the Group’s strategy.
At the awards ceremony, Danièle Ricard, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said, "Value creation, independence and transparency are the key components of good governance today. However, if I had to add two other ingredients, I would insist on diversity and on the need for long-term vision. More diversity – whether it be of gender, experience or culture – equals more talent and expertise, and therefore adds value. As for the long-term vision driven by the Board, it offers a framework for stability, it gives direction beyond the fluctuations of the economic cycle and it ultimately strengthens the company’s independence.”
About Pernod Ricard
Pernod Ricard is the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits with consolidated sales of € 8,575 million in 2012/13. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin & Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo and Graffigna wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of nearly 19,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 80 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption.
Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on the NYSE Euronext exchange (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is a member of the CAC 40 index.
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