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The board of Sonic Healthcare continues to place great importance on the governance of the company which it believes is vital to its well being and success. There are two elements to the governance of companies: performance and conformance. Both are important, but it is critical that focus on conformance does not detract from the principal function of a business, which is to undertake prudent activities to:
and to do so in a way that contributes positively to the community.
In this framework it is crucial that shareholders have clear visibility of the actions of the Group and that they can rely on reported financial information. The Sonic Healthcare board has committed itself to provide relevant, accurate information to shareholders on a timely basis and has adopted policies and procedures designed to ensure that the group’s financial reports are true and fair, meet high standards of disclosure integrity and provide all material information necessary to understand the Group’s financial performance.
Sonic Healthcare’s board and management are committed to governance which recognises that all aspects of the Group’s operations are conducted ethically, responsibly and with the highest standards of integrity. The board has adopted practices and policies designed to achieve these aims.
Descriptions of the company’s main corporate governance areas are set out in the menu to the left.