Corporate Governance

Wessanen’s ultimate parent company Koninklijke Wessanen N.V. is a public limited company, incorporated under Dutch law on 3 July 1913. Its shares are listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam since 1959.  

Wessanen has a two-tier board structure, consisting of the Executive Board which is responsible for the continuity of Wessanen and which focuses on long-term value creation for Wessanen, supervised and monitored by  the  Supervisory Board. Both boards are accountable to the General Meeting of Shareholders.  

Wessanen’s corporate governance structure is (inter alia) based on Wessanen’s Articles of Association and By-Laws , Dutch law and the Dutch Corporate Governance Code. Wessanen endorses all principles following from the Dutch corporate governance code and we comply with the vast majority of the principles and the best practices. The few deviations from certain best practices are explained in the Corporate Governance Statement which can also be found in Wessanen’s Annual Report.  

Our  Company Code has been drawn up to provide a clear set of guiding principles on integrity and ethics in business conduct. It governs business decisions and actions throughout Wessanen, applicable to both corporate actions and the behaviour of individual employees when conducting business on behalf of Wessanen. Wessanen’s  Whistleblower Policy aims to support compliance with applicable laws, integrity in financial management, a healthier and safer work environment and effective corporate governance.