Van Gansewinkel is managed by the Board of Directors and supervised by the Supervisory Board, in accordance with the provisions of the full large-company regime, as laid down in articles 268-274 of Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code.
As required by law, the general meeting of shareholders holds all powers not granted to the Board of Directors or the Supervisory Board. In addition, the Supervisory Board is consulted on important matters. Specifically, pursuant to the Dutch Civil Code and Van Gansewinkel’s articles of association, a number of major Board resolutions are subject to prior approval from the Supervisory Board.
As required by the Dutch Management and Supervision Act (Wet Bestuur en Toezicht), large private limited liability companies like Van Gansewinkel must endeavour to achieve a balanced division of the seats on the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board. This means that at least 30% of the seats must be held by men and 30% by women. When considering future candidates for positions on the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board, Van Gansewinkel will take into account the provisions of this Act. There may be a variety of pragmatic reasons – such as other relevant selection criteria and the availability of suitable candidates – that could affect the achievement of a balanced distribution of the seats.
The Supervisory Board meets at least four times each year, and more often if necessary. In 2015 there was more frequent consultation due to, amongst other things, the refinancing of the company. The composition and appointment of the Supervisory Board are governed by the provisions laid down in the Dutch Civil Code.
Van Gansewinkel supplies customers with advanced solutions for waste management and environmental issues. This service is based on a knowledge of the customers’ operating processes and how they use materials in the various stages of the production and consumption process, a knowledge of the relevant laws and regulations, and our ability to offer customers assurance in respect of their accountability obligations. In this way we wrap our service, like a second skin, around our customers’ processes. This makes it possible to give waste a second life as a raw material or to put it to good use in generating sustainable energy.
Realization of this strategy involves taking risks that form an intrinsic part of doing business. In so doing, Van Gansewinkel strives for a balance between returns and risks, and continuously assesses where the identified risks could also lead to opportunities. Van Gansewinkel distinguishes two levels of risk management: strategic business risk management and operational risk management. For further details about this please see our Annual Report.