Kesko's Corporate Governance

Kesko Group's Corporate Governance structure


The rules and the Corporate Governance Code observed by Kesko

Kesko Corporation (Kesko or the company) is a Finnish public limited company in which the duties and responsibilities of the executive bodies are defined according to the Finnish laws. Kesko Group comprises the parent company, Kesko, and its subsidiaries. The company is domiciled in Helsinki.

The highest decision-making power in Kesko is exercised by the company's shareholders at the company's General Meeting. The company's shareholders elect the company's Board of Directors and auditor at the General Meeting. Kesko Group is managed by the Board of Directors and the Managing Director, who is the President and CEO. The President and CEO is appointed by the Board of Directors. The company uses a so-called one-tier governance model.

Kesko's decision-making and corporate governance are guided by Kesko's values and responsible operating practises. Decision-making and corporate governance comply with the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act, regulations concerning publicly quoted companies, Kesko's Articles of Association, the charters of Kesko's Board of Directors and its Committees and the rules and guidelines of Nasdaq Helsinki. The company complies with the Finnish Corporate Governance Code for listed companies (Corporate Governance Code) effective 1 October 2010. The code can be read in full at As provided by the Comply or Explain principle of the Corporate Governance Code, the company departs from the Corporate Governance Code's recommendation concerning Board members' terms of office as described below.

Departure from Corporate Governance Code recommendation

The terms of office of Kesko Board members depart from the recommended one year in the Corporate Governance Code's recommendation 10 – Term of the directors. The term of office of the Board is determined in accordance with the company's Articles of Association. The General Meeting makes decisions on amendments to the Articles of Association. According to the Articles of Association, the term of office of a Board member is three (3) years, starting at the close of the General Meeting electing the member and expiring at the close of the third (3rd) Annual General Meeting after the election.

A shareholder which, together with controlled companies, holds over 10% of all votes carried by the Kesko shares, has informed the company's Board of Directors that it considers the term of three (3) years good for the company's long-term development and sees no need to shorten the term of office set in the Articles of Association.