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Corporate governance is an essential part of the LLB Group’s corporate policy. It ensures efficient collaboration between the management bodies and a clear balance between responsibilities and controls.
Our responsibly minded management, which is focused on long-term added value, is characterised by efficient cooperation between the Group Executive Board and the Board of Directors, by transparent accounting and reporting as well as by good shareholder relations.
The principles and directives defining corporate governance are laid down in two laws: “the law concerning the control and supervision of public companies” (ÖUSG) of 19 November 2009 and the Law on the Liechtensteinische Landesbank (LLBG) of 21 October 1992. In addition, they are laid down in the statutes and rules of procedure of the LLB. These documents are based on the directives and recommendations of the “Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate Governance” issued by the Swiss Business Federation (economiesuisse).
On 22 November 2011, the Liechtenstein Government as the representative of the principal shareholder, the Principality of Liechtenstein, adopted – with reference to the ÖUSG Law – a so-called participation strategy for Liechtensteinische Landesbank AG. This strategy defines how the Principality intends to deal with its majority shareholding in the medium and long term and therefore also provides minority shareholders with certainty in planning.
The Government commits itself to the stock exchange listing of the LLB and a majority participation of at least 51 per cent. The Government represents the shareholder interest of the Principality at the General Meeting of Shareholders pursuant to the rights afforded to it by stock corporation law. It observes corporate autonomy as well as the rights and obligations resulting from the stock exchange listing. At the same time, as a shareholder it also respects the decision-making authority of the Board of Directors concerning corporate strategy and corporate policy. In accordance with Art. 16 of the ÖUSG Law, the participation strategy was adopted after consultation with the LLB’s Board of Directors. Further information can be found at www.llb.li/participation-strategy.
The Board of Directors of the LLB Group has held the “Best Board Practice” label of the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems (SQS) and the Liechtenstein Association for Quality Assurance Certificates (LQS) since December 2010. Within the scope of the recertification process carried out on 28 January and 21 February 2020, both SQS and LQS confirmed that the business activities and organisation of the LLB Board of Directors exhibit a constantly high level of quality and consistently fulfil the Best Board Practice criteria. Accordingly, the label was extended for a further three years. The annual assessment performed in November 2022 reaffirmed the excellent evaluation.
The following corporate governance report complies with the requirements of the Corporate Governance Directive (RLCG) of the SIX Swiss Exchange Regulation, status 18 June 2021, as well as the fully revised guidelines of the Six Exchange Regulation regarding the RLCG of 10 April 2017. If information required by the RLCG is disclosed in the Notes to the financial statement, a corresponding reference is shown.
The corporate governance report represents the status as at 31 December 2021. Important changes, which may have occurred between the balance sheet date and the editorial deadline for the annual report, are clearly disclosed in the chapter “Important events since the balance sheet “ or next to the respective point in the report.