2. THE CORPORATE BUSINESS COMMUNITY

Section 2.8 - Shareholders

Principles
2.8.P.1
Information, which enables shareowners/shareholders to understand corporate compliance with these Principles of Global Corporate Responsibility: Bench Marks for Measuring Business Performance as articulated in the Criteria and Bench Marks of this document, is fully available.

2.8.P.2
The company's corporate governance policies balance the interests of managers, employees, shareowners/shareholders, and other interested and affected parties.

2.8.P.3
The company neither restricts nor obstructs the legal rights of shareowners /shareholders.

Criteria
2.8.C.1
The company ensures shareownersí/shareholders' participation and rights to information while protecting other interested and affected parties.

2.8.C.2
The company respects the right of shareowners/shareholders to submit proposals for vote and to ask questions at the annual meeting.

2.8.C.3
The company is committed to meet with shareowners/shareholders to address issues of concern.

Bench Marks
2.8.B.1
The company observes a code or codes of best practice or has drawn up its own comprehensive corporate code, which includes guidelines for corporate governance.

2.8.B.2
Shareowners/shareholders are informed through reports and meetings about significant and material violations of corporate policies, including codes of conduct, adverse decisions by tribunals or courts, and the results of internal audits or analyses of corporate activity.

2.8.B.3
Shareowner/shareholder proposals and questions are welcomed at the company's annual meeting.

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