The AC should comprise at least three directors, the majority of whom, including the AC Chairman, should be independent. All of the members of the AC should be non-executive directors. The Board should disclose in the company's Annual Report the names of the members of the AC and the key terms of reference of the AC, explaining its role and the authority delegated to it by the Board.
 
A. Explanation

This Guideline recommends the composition and disclosure requirements of an AC.

On composition, the Code provides the following guidelines:

This Guideline is largely aligned with Sections 201B (2) and (3) of the Companies Act which also sets specific composition requirements:

  • At least three directors.
  • The majority should not be EDs, related to an ED, or deemed to be non-independent by the Board.
  • The AC Chairman shall not be an ED, or employee of the company or related corporation (which includes companies incorporated overseas and any foreign company).

The purpose of these rules is to ensure that the AC – which plays a critical role in ensuring the integrity of the financial statements through its oversight of the company’s financial reporting process, internal controls system and audit function – is sufficiently independent from management and the company, and remains objective.

As with all Board Committees, the AC needs to be established with written terms of reference that clearly set out its duties and authorities.

The Guideline further requires that these duties and authorities, together with the names of the AC members, be disclosed in the annual report.

 

B. SGX Disclosure Guide
  • Nil.

 

C. Related Rules and Regulations
  • Section 201B(2) of the Companies Act: Audit Committees.
  • Section 201B(3) of the Companies Act: Audit Committees.
  • SGX MR 704(8) and CR 704(7): Appointment or Cessation of Service.

 

D. CG Guides
  • AC Guide 1.2: Structure and Authority [AC Composition].

 

E. Related Articles

 

eGuide to CG Code
Overview
Board Matters
Principle 1
Guideline 1.1
Guideline 1.2
Guideline 1.3
Guideline 1.4
Guideline 1.5
Guideline 1.6
Guideline 1.7
Principle 2
Guideline 2.1
Guideline 2.2
Guideline 2.3
Guideline 2.4
Guideline 2.5
Guideline 2.6
Guideline 2.7
Guideline 2.8
Principle 3
Guideline 3.1
Guideline 3.2
Guideline 3.3
Guideline 3.4
Principle 4
Guideline 4.1
Guideline 4.2
Guideline 4.3
Guideline 4.4
Guideline 4.5
Guideline 4.6
Guideline 4.7
Principle 5
Guideline 5.1
Guideline 5.2
Guideline 5.3
Principle 6
Guideline 6.1
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Guideline 6.3
Guideline 6.4
Guideline 6.5
Remuneration Matters
Principle 7
Guideline 7.1
Guideline 7.2
Guideline 7.3
Guideline 7.4
Principle 8
Guideline 8.1
Guideline 8.2
Guideline 8.3
Guideline 8.4
Principle 9
Guideline 9.1
Guideline 9.2
Guideline 9.3
Guideline 9.4
Guideline 9.5
Guideline 9.6
Accountability and Audit
Principle 10
Guideline 10.1
Guideline 10.2
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Principle 11
Guideline 11.1
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Guideline 11.4
Principle 12
Guideline 12.1
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Guideline 12.3
Guideline 12.4
Guideline 12.5
Guideline 12.6
Guideline 12.7
Guideline 12.8
Guideline 12.9
Principle 13
Guideline 13.1
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Guideline 13.3
Guideline 13.4
Guideline 13.5
Shareholder Rights and Responsibilities
Principle 14
Guideline 14.1
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Guideline 14.3
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Guideline 15.1
Guideline 15.2
Guideline 15.3
Guideline 15.4
Guideline 15.5
Principle 16
Guideline 16.1
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Guideline 16.3
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