Compensation Committee Charter
(As adopted by the Board of Directors on July 27, 2017)
The board of directors (the “Board”) of SodaStream International Ltd. (the “Company”) has constituted and established a compensation committee (the “Committee”) with the authority, responsibility and specific duties as described in this Compensation Committee Charter (this “Charter”).
This Charter does not derogate from nor supersede, and instead will be read in conjunction with, the terms set forth in the Company’s Compensation Policy for Office Holders (the “Compensation Policy”), which was adopted by the Company’s shareholders on March 13, 2017, in accordance with the requirements set forth under the Israeli Companies Law, 5759-1999, and the regulations promulgated thereunder, as may be amended from time to time (the “Companies Law”). If any term of this Charter contradicts the requirements under the Companies Law relating to the Compensation Policy, or the Compensation Policy itself, then the terms of the Companies Law and the Compensation Policy, as applicable, will prevail.
The purpose of the Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling its responsibilities related to the compensation of the Company’s "office holders" (as defined under the Companies Law), to assist the Board in administering the Company’s equity incentive plans and to make such other determinations in respect of compensation, compensation practices and related matters as may be required by a compensation committee under the rules of Nasdaq Stock Market and the Companies Law.
The Committee shall be comprised of at least three (3) members of the Board. The Board shall appoint the Committee members annually and each member of the Committee shall serve at the pleasure of the Board and may be removed or replaced by the Board at any time with or without cause. Resignation or removal of a director from the Board, for whatever reason, shall automatically constitute resignation or removal, as applicable, from this Committee. The Board may fill vacancies occurring, for whatever reason. All rights available to members of the Committee in their capacities as directors of the Company shall be fully applicable with respect to their service on the Committee or any subcommittee thereof. Unless the Board designates a chair, the members of the Committee may appoint a chair of the Committee (the “Committee Chair”).
Each member of the Committee shall be independent as defined under applicable law, including Rule 10C-1(b)(1) under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the rules of Nasdaq Stock Market, except as otherwise permitted under such rules.
Authority & Responsibilities
The authority delegated to the Committee is set forth below. This description of authority is intended as a guide and the Committee may act and establish policies and procedures that are consistent with these guidelines or are necessary or advisable, in its discretion, to carry out the intent of the Board in delegating such authority and to fulfill the responsibilities of the Committee hereunder. The Committee is hereby charged by the Board with the authority and responsibility to:
Recommend to the Board for its approval a Compensation Policy in accordance with the requirements of the Companies Law as well as other compensation policies, incentive-based compensation plans and equity-based compensation plans, as applicable (collectively, the “Compensation Plans and Policies”).
Oversee the development and implementation of the Compensation Plans and Policies in light of all relevant circumstances and recommend to the Board any amendments or modifications to the Compensation Plans and Policies that the Committee deems appropriate, including as required under the Companies Law.
Assist the Board in discharging its responsibilities relating to (i) the compensation of the Company’s directors, chief executive officer and other executive officers, and (ii) the overall Company's compensation programs.
Approve and recommend to the Board for its approval: (i) the amount and form of compensation and equity-based plan awards to be granted to the Company’s chief executive officer; and (ii) the amount and form of compensation and equity-based plan awards to be granted to other executive officers of the Company.
Establish annual goals and objectives to the Company’s chief executive officer’s and other executive officers' performance, which shall be reviewed at least annually and which shall including, among others, a link of the compensation to the performance of the Company.
Approve transactions regarding office holders’ compensation pursuant to Sections 272, 273, and 275 of the Companies Law.
Exempt a transaction with the Company’s chief executive officer from the approval of the general meeting of the Company’s shareholders pursuant to Section 272(C1)(3) of the Companies Law.
Administer the Company’s equity-based compensation plans, including without limitation to approve the adoption of such plans, to amend and interpret such plans and the awards and agreements issued pursuant thereto, and to make awards to eligible persons under the plans and determine the terms of such awards.
Select, engage, compensate and terminate compensation consultants, legal counsel, financial advisors and such other advisors as it deems necessary and advisable to assist the Committee in carrying out its responsibilities and functions as set forth herein and to authorize such persons fees without the Board’s approval (subject to applicable limitations set forth by the Companies Law). The compensation paid to such persons and related expenses will be borne by the Company and the Company will make funding available to the Committee for such purposes.
Perform such other activities and functions as are required by law, applicable stock exchange rules or provisions in the Company’s articles of association, or as are otherwise necessary and advisable, in its or the Board’s discretion, to the efficient discharge of its duties hereunder.
In carrying out its responsibilities, the Committee shall be entitled to rely upon advice and information that it receives in its discussions and communications with management and such experts, advisors and professionals with whom the Committee may consult. The Committee shall have the authority to request that any officer or employee of the Company, the Company’s outside legal counsel, the Company’s independent auditor or any other professional retained by the Company to render advice to the Committee, attend a meeting of the Committee or meet with any members of or advisors to the Committee.
Subject to applicable law, the Committee may delegate its authority to subcommittees established from time to time by the Committee. Such subcommittees shall consist of one or more members of the Committee and shall report to the Committee.
The Committee shall meet as often as it determines necessary in person or by teleconference (using telephone or other communications equipment) by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other but no less than once each fiscal year. The Committee Chair may call Committee meetings and, in consultation with other Committee members, shall determine the frequency and length of Committee meetings and shall set agendas for such meetings consistent with this Charter. In the absence of a Committee Chair, a majority of the members of the Committee may call a meeting of the Committee.
A majority of the total number of then-serving members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum. The approval of a majority of such quorum shall constitute a valid act of the Committee at a duly held Committee meeting. The Committee may also act by unanimous written consent of the then-serving members of the Committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the chief executive officer of the Company may not be present during voting or deliberations on his or her compensation.
Minutes & Reports
The Committee shall maintain written minutes of its meetings. In addition, the Committee will apprise the Board regularly of its decisions and recommendations and of significant developments in the course of performing the above responsibilities and duties. Without derogating from the aforesaid, the Committee shall submit any recommendation or resolution which is subject to Board approval a reasonable time prior to the contemplated Board meeting.
The Committee will periodically review its own performance and report on its conclusions in this regard to the Board. In connection with the annual review, the Committee shall also recommend to the Board any modifications to this Charter that the Committee deems necessary or appropriate. The format of the self-assessment shall be determined by the Committee.
To the extent any of the provisions included herein is a description or summary of any applicable law or is intended to recite the provisions of any applicable law, then in the event of any inconsistency, contradiction or any other conflict between the provisions herein and the provisions of such applicable law, then the provisions of such applicable law shall prevail and supersede and shall be deemed to constitute an integral part of this Charter. In the event that any such provision of applicable law is amended to include any relief or exclusion, then, such relief and exclusions shall be deemed to constitute an integral part of this Charter, whether or not such conflict, inconsistency or contradiction arises.
Any references to any law, statute or regulation are to it as amended, supplemented or restated, from time to time (and, in the case of any law, to any successor provisions or re-enactment or modification thereof being in force at the time); any reference to “law” shall include any supranational, national, federal, state, local, or foreign statute or law and all rules and regulations promulgated thereunder (including, any rules, regulations or forms prescribed by any governmental authority or securities exchange commission or authority); and any reference to “law” shall be read subject to the Company's articles of association, as amended from time to time.