Compliance with the provisions of the QCA corporate governance code.
Principle 1: Establish a strategy and business model which promotes long-term value for shareholders
As a public company the Board is focused on delivering value to Shareholders by optimising the value of client spending on energy through providing them innovative solutions to reduce their consumption so they can focus on their core activities.
The eEnergy Group vision is to be able to provide a customer with a complete one-stop solution for energy efficiency services and allow the customer to: (i) reduce its energy consumption through a capital free, EEaaS solution; (ii) switch to the most efficient green energy supply and outsource the management of that supply; and (iii) provide a capital free on-site power generation service by combining Solar and Battery Storage technologies with an ESaaS (Energy Storage as a Service) solution.
eEnergy’s growth strategy is underpinned by three pillars:
- Continuing the growth in LaaS by scaling its “direct to customer” commercial strategy, with a particular focus on the education, commercial and retail sectors;
- Expansion of the LaaS proposition to the SME market via a channel partner network by licensing a proprietary “eLight App” to enable regional electrical contractors to offer LaaS to their existing SME customer base; and
- Broadening eEnergy’s range of services within EEaaS by acquiring and integrating selected providers of energy management and service solutions which provide complementary services to existing and new customers.
Principle 2: Seek to understand and meet shareholder needs and expectations
The Directors meet with major Shareholders periodically throughout the year and engage with the financial press to ensure that the Company’s strategy and objectives are communicated through public announcements.
The Company has and will host site visits for brokers and institutional investors and the Executive Directors are in ongoing contact with its Broker, which communicates more closely with the market.
Shareholders with questions can use the “contact us” page on the eEnergy website, email [email protected] or contact the Company Secretary, who will refer questions to the Directors. In addition, the Company will host a number of presentations through the year on the Investor Meets Company platform aimed at shareholders and the AGM operates as a forum for all Shareholders to meet with the Board.
With the recent changes in regulation, the Company is looking to promote additional independent research being published and made available to Shareholders.
As at 14 December 2021, officers and employees of the Company own approximately 38 percent of the equity of the Company.
Principle 3: Take into account wider stakeholders and social responsibilities and their implications for long-term success
The Board recognises that the Group has responsibilities to many stakeholders other than its Shareholders.
This includes employees, clients, suppliers and the wider society in which we operate. Communications are relevant to the stakeholder and may take the form of formal announcements, individual meetings (for example, appraisals with employees) and negotiations with other stakeholders.
The environmental impact of our business is monitored along with our impact on and commitment to the community and our clients, who increasingly look for suppliers and supply chains with strong ethical values.
The business seeks feedback from clients and has a process in place to share this feedback with the senior management team. The Directors include an Environment, Social and Governance Report within the Annual Report.
Principle 4: Embed effective risk management, considering both opportunities and threats, throughout the organisation
The Board meets regularly during which business and other risks are assessed. The principal risks and uncertainties facing the Group are described in the Annual Report.
Principle 5: Maintain the board as a well functioning, balanced team led by the Chair
The Non-Executive Chairman, David Nicholl, with the full support of the rest of the Board, is responsible for ensuring the Group maintains the highest standards of corporate governance. The Executive Directors are responsible for implementing the Board’s strategy.
All the Directors have appropriate skills and experience for the roles they perform, including as members of Board Committees.
A monthly report is provided to the Board of the financial and operational performance of the Group, which is circulated in advance of meetings. The Board is responsible for all strategic decisions and the overall governance and culture of the Group.
All the Directors have access to the services and advice of the Company Secretary and are able to take independent professional advice. The Board operates an Audit & Risk Committee, a Nomination Committee and Remuneration Committee providing governance and experience for these topic areas.
The Company recognises the importance of having independent directors on the Board and currently includes two independent non-executives, Dr Nigel Burton and Gary Worby. The Board also includes three non-executive directors (David Nicholl as Chairman, Andrew Lawley and Derek Myers) who are not considered to be independent but whose knowledge and expertise are of significant value to the Group.
Principle 6: Ensure that between them the directors have the necessary up-to-date experience, skills and capabilities
The Board evaluates regularly the skills that are required and whether they are adequately provided for. In doing so, where relevant, it will consider guidance available on appointment and training of Board members.
The Company Secretary has the responsibility of making the Board aware of legal changes.
The Nominations Committee oversees the process of identifying candidates and makes recommendations to the Board. Appointments are made on merit against objective criteria and with regard to the benefits that will be brought to the Board and the Group. The Nominations Committee also considers succession planning.
The Company Secretary supports the Chairman in addressing the training and development needs of the Directors. In the case of new Directors, there is an induction to ensure they become aware of the operations of the Group. The Directors are aware of their individual responsibility to undertake appropriate continuing development.
Principle 7: Evaluate board performance based on clear and relevant objectives, seeking continuous improvement
The FRC’s 2018 Guidance on Board Effectiveness is used as the basis of the Board’s performance evaluation. Input is sought from third parties, such as the auditors (who meet the Audit & Risk Committee at least biannually and, beyond the audit report, comment on the systems, procedures and efficacy of the management) and the nominated advisor.
The annual review of Board effectiveness undertaken by the Nomination Committee includes evaluating the performance of the Board collectively as well as individual directors, for whom we will also consider whether they remain independent. Director’s re-election will be considered by the shareholders at each AGM, at which shareholders have the opportunity as a body to approve or otherwise the appointment of each director.
The Remuneration Committee meets formally and is tasked with not only the remuneration of the Executive Directors but also evaluation of performance. To this end the Board is circulated with press comment and market feedback on the business as well as market share data and peer group analysis, where available.
Principle 8: Promote a corporate culture that is based on ethical values and behaviours
The Board expects the highest ethical standards of its members and management across the Group. The Group aims to engender an environment based on transparency, trust and engagement where all members of the Company feel recognised and valued for the contribution they make both directly to the well-being of the Company and its broader eco-system. The Group has documented procedures with respect to its responsibilities regarding ethical behaviour, specifically bribery, corrupt practices and modern slavery, and these are applicable across its operations including supply and customer chains.
The Board takes seriously its responsibilities towards the sustainability of its operations and the impact on the environment. As an employer and member of the community, strong ethical and cultural values along with a robust recruitment process are vital to ensuring the Group is a ‘good member of the community’.
Principle 9: Maintain governance structures and processes that are fit for purpose and support good decision making by the board
The roles and responsibilities of specific Directors and membership of the Board Committees are available on our website.
The Board formally meets ten times per year. Each Board Committee has terms of reference outlining the specific responsibilities delegated to it.
The Board assesses at least annually whether the structures and processes are fit for purpose alongside the evaluation of the Board and Director’s effectiveness.
Principle 10: Communicate how the company is governed and is performing by maintaining a dialogue with shareholders and other relevant stakeholders
The Company publishes its interim or annual results every six months and the Board notifies the market of any changes to its financial condition, sphere of activity, business performance or expectations of its performance as soon as such changes arise. The Board is committed to keeping shareholders informed of developments and will arrange presentations to shareholders and potential investors or stakeholders through the Investor Meets Company platform at least three times each year.
The AGM is a key forum for communications with any shareholder who wishes to attend, and the Directors are available to listen to views expressed both formally and informally. The Company welcomes all contact from shareholders and stakeholders and shareholders are invited to use the “contact us” page on the eEnergy website, email [email protected] or contact the Company Secretary, who will refer questions to the Directors, as appropriate.
The outcomes of resolutions put to the AGM are published and available on the Company’s website. The Company uses the London Stock Exchange Regulatory News Service (RNS) to advise the market (i.e. shareholders and others) of performance and significant matters.