Composition and diversity policy

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The Board of Directors consists of ten members elected by the General Meeting. In addition three members and one deputy member are appointed by the employees, as agreed in accordance with the applicable law and regulations. The President and CEO of Nordea is not a member of the Board.

Updated: March 2020

Articles of Association Law and the Code Diversity Policy Statements Articles of Association

Articles of Association

According to the Articles of Association, the Board of Directors shall consist of not less than six and not more than fifteen members. The term of office for Board members is one year and expires at the end of the Annual General Meeting following the election.

Updated: February 2019

Law and the Code

Law and the Code

The Finnish Act on Credit Institutions requires that the Board of Directors has adequate and versatile knowledge and experience in respect of its tasks on the business activities and related risks of the credit institution. Further, the Board of Directors shall approve for the credit institution operating principles to advance the versatility of the Board composition. The Board of Directors shall approve an objective of equal representation of the genders in the Board of Directors for the credit institution and prepare operating principles by which this objective can be achieved and maintained.

According to the Finnish Corporate Governance Code, a Board member must have the competence required by the position and the possibility to devote a sufficient amount of time to attending to the duties. The number of directors and the composition of the Board of Directors shall be such that they enable the Board to see to its duties efficiently. Both genders shall be represented in the Board of Directors. The company shall establish principles concerning the diversity of the Board of Directors.

Updated: February 2020

Diversity Policy

Diversity Policy

The Company strives to promote diversity of the members of the Board with the aim of ensuring that the Board, as a whole and for the purpose of its work, possesses requisite knowledge of and experience in the social, business and cultural conditions of the regions and markets in which the main activities of the Nordea Group are carried out. Furthermore, according to the Code and the New Code, the Board is to have a composition appropriate to the company’s operations and phase of development. The Board members elected by the General Meeting are collectively to exhibit diversity and breadth of opinions, qualifications and experience. According to the Code and the New Code, both genders shall be represented on the Board.

The Board has furthermore adopted a Diversity Policy that establishes the principles of diversity on the Board. According to the Diversity Policy, all Board member nominations in the Company shall be based on merit with the prime consideration being to maintain and enhance the Board’s overall effectiveness. In order to fulfil this, a broad set of qualities and competencies is sought, and it is recognised that diversity – including age, gender, geographical provenance and educational and professional background – is an important factor to consider. Nordea’s objective is to have a fair, equal and balanced representation of different genders and other diversifying factors on the Board collectively.

It is assessed that the Board collectively possesses the requisite knowledge and experience in the social, business and cultural conditions of the regions and markets in which the main activities of Nordea and the Nordea Group are carried out, exhibiting adequate diversity and breadth of qualities and competencies, and the gender distribution is well balanced.

Updated: February 2020

Statements

Statements

By the Board of Directors

Presently the Board of Directors collectively possesses the requisite knowledge and experience in the social, business and cultural conditions of the regions and markets in which the main activities of the Nordea Group are carried out, exhibiting adequate diversity and breadth of qualities and competences and the gender distribution is well balanced.

Updated: March 2020

By the Shareholders' Nomination Board 

Nomination Board's proposal to the Annual General Meeting 2020 (pdf, 155 KB)

Updated: September 2020