Corporate governance refers to a number of principles adopted by a company, aiming to uphold its performance and the interests of its shareholders and of all stakeholders.
Recognizing the importance of corporate governance principles and the benefits derived from their adoption, we follow international practice and standards in this area and opt for the systematic implementation of these principles throughout the company’s operations.
As a large capitalization company listed on the Athens and London Stock Exchanges, OTE S.A. fully complies with applicable domestic and international legislation and, as far as corporate governance practices are concerned, OTE applies the Hellenic Corporate Governance Code (HCG Code) for listed companies, as currently in force, following its revision/amendment by the Hellenic Corporate Governance Council (HCGC) in 2013.
In this context, OTE S.A. has adopted regulations, policies as well as corporate governance practices above the requirements of the Law, which follow the international standards, and which are applied by all OTE Group companies.
The principles and practices applied by OTE S.A. are incorporated into the Company's Articles of Incorporation, Internal Regulation of Operations, the OTE Group Code of Conduct and other company’s by-laws regulating its operations.
Fundamental Principles of the Corporate Governance System
The fundamental principles on which the corporate governance system is based involve the following:
· Ensuring transparency and effective control over management
· Two-way communication between OTE’s stakeholders and OTE’s management
· Assurance of operational efficiency.
The three main pillars for the application of corporate governance rules and practices concern the role of the Board of Directors, executive management and control, the protection of shareholders’ rights and the enhancement of transparency and disclosure of information.
The key corporate governance documents (indicatively, Articles of Incorporation, Regulation of Operations of BoD, Audit Committee Regulations, etc.) governing the operation of OTE S.A. are available here.