Review of Board performance
There is currently no formal process for performance
evaluation of the Board, individual Directors or CEO. The
Board has considered this aspect of governance over
the past year and more recently, but considers that until
the commencement of its mining operations was more
imminent the matter would be deferred until the 2016
calendar year when the resolution of the Solomon Islands
litigation is clearer and the timing of its mining operations
Nomination and remuneration committee
The full Board considers those matters that would
usually be the responsibility of a nomination committee.
The Board considers that no efficiencies or other
benefits would be gained by establishing a separate
nomination committee at this stage of the development
of the Company.
The Board will collectively consider the requirement from
time to time for new Directors, always mindful that any
appointment should ensure there is a complementary
mix of necessary skills. In addition, the Board will
ensure that the candidacy of any new Director will be
measured against a criteria for necessary and desirable
competencies and appropriate validation checks will be
made before such an appointment.
Principle 3: Act ethically and responsibly
A listed entity should act ethically and responsibly.
The Company supports and has adopted the Code of
Conduct published by The Australian Institute of Company
Directors in 2005. This code recognises the need for
Directors and employees to observe the highest standards
of behaviour and business ethics and its commitment to
ensuring compliance with the insider trading laws.
The Company has reviewed the recommendations on
diversity introduced by the ASX Corporate Governance
Council. As far as practical, given the current size, scope
and requirements of the Company’s operations in the
locations in which it operates, the Company is committed
to putting these recommendations into practice. Given the
multinational scope of its operations, the Company will
consider not only gender, but also ethnicity and cultural
background in reporting its diversity performance.
As the Company has a relatively small workforce with
many requiring specific skills that may not be widely
available, the Company has not deemed it appropriate
to set specific numeric targets as these could be
inappropriately skewed by the small sample size.
Axiom Mining currently has participation from a diverse
workforce, with gender diversity being in advance of
industry averages for its sector.
Securities trading disclosure
The purpose of the Company’s securities dealing policy is
to create awareness of the legal prohibition on dealing in
securities of the Company. The policy also aims to ensure
that the Company’s reputation and those of its employees
and Directors is not adversely impacted by perceptions
of dealing in the Company’s securities at inappropriate
times. It is the duty of each person to seek to avoid any
such dealing at a time when persons are prohibited from
dealing in the Company’s securities and in any event each
person is required to inform the Chairman before they
intend dealing in the Company’s securities and secure
his consent to do so, unless it is proposed to do so in a
period when it is otherwise permitted and the market is
fully informed. A copy of the Trading Policy was released
to the ASX on 24 December 2010 and is also available on
the Company’s website.
Principle 4: Safeguard integrity
in corporate reporting
A listed entity should have formal and rigorous processes
that independently verify and safeguard the integrity of
its corporate reporting.
Audit, risk and compliance committee
The composition of the Board is not suitable for the
formation of separate sub-committees and these
responsibilities are undertaken by the whole Board. The
Company has developed an audit review process whereby
Directors meet with the external auditor bi-annually and
with management responsible for the finance functions
of the Company as required to ensure the highest
possible degree of the integrity of the Company’s financial
operations to prepare the relevant Financial Statements
for the Company.
The Board, acting in this role, has the primary
oversee the existence and maintenance of internal
controls and accounting systems
oversee the management of risk within the Company
oversee the financial reporting process
review the half year and full financial year Financial
Statements and recommend them for approval by
review the performance of the external auditors
and existing audit arrangements
ensure compliance with laws, regulations and
other statutory or professional requirements and
the Company’s governance policies set out in the
Corporate Governance Charter
recognise and respect the rights of shareholders
and its obligations to all legitimate stakeholders.
AXIOM MINING LIMITED
ANNUAL REPORT 2015