Sinopec Corporation of China - Setting Standards in Corporate Governance

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Case Code : CGOV003
Case Length : 20 Pages
Period : 2002 - 2003
Pub Date : 2005
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Sinopec
Industry : Petroleum and Petrochemicals
Countries : China

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The Supervisory Committee (SC)

Sinopec adhered to all the directives of CCGLC in China with regard to their supervisory board (Refer Exhibit V). The SC was responsible for supervising the company's financial affairs, and overseeing whether the directors and the top management (including the president, vice-president, CFO, and secretary of the BoD) were abiding by all laws and protecting the company's and shareholders' lawful interests. The SC was answerable to the shareholders' general meeting (SGM). The SC comprised of 12 supervisors. Of these, eight were shareholder representatives, while the other four were representatives of Sinopec's employees and staff...

Board of Directors

Sinopec's board of directors (BoD) performed all the duties and responsibilities as mentioned in the guidelines of CCGLC in China (Refer Exhibit VI). The BoD at Sinopec comprised of 13 directors, of which four were independent directors. The board was headed by the Chairman and also had the Vice-Chairman-cum-President on the panel. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman could be elected and removed by the members of the BoD by passing a simple majority vote...

Board Committees

The BoD consisted of three committees: the 'Strategic Planning Committee' (SPC), the 'Audit Committee' (AC), and the 'Compensation Committee' (CC). Each of these committees was constituted by the members of the BoD. The SPC developed long-term strategies and planned for large-scale corporate investments. It comprised of 13 members. The AC comprised of seven members. The Chairman and a simple majority of the members of the AC had to be independent directors, and at least one independent director had to be a qualified accountant...

Shareholders' General Meeting

The SGM exercised its powers and functions as per the Chinese law. Sinopec had designed the "Rules and Procedures for the Shareholders' General Meetings" (RPSGM). These rules were executed by the company after their formal approval by the shareholders at the SGM (Refer Table V). The RPSGM were regarded as an important element of AoA...

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