Good corporate governance requires an efficient cooperation between the management and the Supervisory Board on the basis of mutual trust.
The legal form of the Company is that of a partnership limited by shares (Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien – KGaA). Its corporate bodies provided for by statutory law are the General Meeting, the Supervisory Board and the General Partner, which is Fresenius Medical Care Management AG.
Structure of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA
1 For certain items, there are no voting rights, e. g. for the election of the Supervisory Board of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, for the formal approval of the actions of the General Partner and the Supervisory Board of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA, for the election of the auditor of the annual financial statements.
The Management Board of Fresenius Medical Care Management AG
The General Partner – Fresenius Medical Care Management AG – represented by its Management Board, which acts on its own responsibility, manages the Company and conducts the Company’s business. Its actions and decisions are directed towards the interests of the Company.
Supervisory Board of the Company
The Supervisory Board of FMC AG & Co. KGaA advises and supervisesthe business activities as conducted by the General Partner and performs the other duties assigned to it by law and by the Articles of Association. It is involved in strategy and planning as well as all matters of fundamental importance for the Company.
Further information on the Supervisory Board
The shareholders of the Company exercise their rights and voting powers in the General Meeting. The share capital of FMC AG & Co. KGaA is divided exclusively into ordinary shares. Each share of FMC AG & Co. KGaA entitles the holder to one vote at the General Meeting. Shares with multiple or preference voting rights do not exist. As a matter of principle, the General Partner (as far as it would be a shareholder in the Company, which is not the case) respectively, its sole shareholder, Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, can exercise at the General Meeting the voting rights connected with the shares they hold in FMC AG & Co. KGaA. However, the General Partner and its sole shareholder are subject to various rules preventing them by law from voting on certain resolutions. These include, among others, the election of the Supervisory Board, formal approval of the actions of the General Partner and the members of the Supervisory Board of FMC AG & Co. KGaA, as well as the election of the auditor of the annual financial statements. This is to guarantee that the other shareholders in the partnership limited by shares (KGaA) can solely decide on these matters, particularly those concerning the control of the management.
Shareholders can exercise their voting rights at the General Meeting, by proxy via a representative of their choice or by a Company-nominated proxy acting on their instructions. Proxy voting instructions to a Company nominee can be issued before and during the Annual General Meeting until the end of the general debate.