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Corporate Governance
First Sensor AG welcomes the German Corporate Governance Codex which is presented and regularly updated by the Government Commission.

Declaration of Compliance

Declaration by the Management Board and the Supervisory Board of First Sensor AG with respect to the recommendations of the Government Commission German Corporate Governance Code pursuant to Article 161 Aktiengesetz (German Stock Corporation Act)

The Executive Board and Supervisory Board of First Sensor AG hereby declare that the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code in the version dated February 7, 2017 (published in the German Federal Gazette on April 24, 2017) have been met since the last declaration of compliance was issued on March 16, 2017 and will be met in the future, with the following exceptions:

  • According to section 3.8 paragraph 3 of the Code, a deductible is to be agreed for the Supervisory Board in a D&O insurance policy.

    No deductible is in place for the members of the Supervisory Board, as the company believes that it is easier to attract qualified members of the Supervisory Board if no deductible is agreed.
  • According to section 4.2.3 paragraph 2 of the Code, the variable components of Executive Board remuneration should be capped with maximum levels; any subsequent amendments to the performance targets or comparison parameters should be excluded.

    One component of variable Executive Board remuneration is the granting of share options. The corresponding share option plans passed by the 2016 and 2017 Annual General Meetings are primarily geared towards the long-term positive performance of the share price and additionally require a substantial investment by the Executive Board members themselves. No cap is in place in the respective share option programs.

    Another component of variable Executive Board remuneration at the company takes the form of a bonus. This bonus is dependent on the attainment of targets set by the Supervisory Board. Although there is no specific figure as a cap with a maximum level for this variable Executive Board remuneration, the bonus level is limited to 200% of the set target amount of variable Executive Board remuneration. The associated incentive not only to achieve but also to exceed targets in the interests of the company is in the interests of all stakeholders, especially shareholders. Furthermore, if a target is attained separately from the performance of the Executive Board in specific instances, the Supervisory Board can set a limit of 125%.
  • According to section 4.2.3 paragraph 4 of the Code, payments, including fringe benefits, made to an Executive Board member due to early termination of their activity should not exceed twice the annual remuneration (severance cap).

    As the members of the Executive Board do not lose their granted right to their variable remuneration component arising from the share option programs - which may still increase after their departure - in the event of early termination of their activity, the level of the severance cap is not set at twice the annual remuneration. If the Executive Board member prefers to receive severance pay instead of remaining in the share option program, the Supervisory Board decides at its free discretion.
  • According to section 4.2.3 paragraph 5 of the Code, commitments made in connection with the early termination of an Executive Board member's activity due to a change of control should not exceed 150% of the severance cap.

    Although the current employment contracts of the Executive Board members provide for a cap to commitments made in connection with the early termination of Executive Board activity due to a change of control, there is no provision for compensation for the share options allocated to them. Otherwise, the amounts arising from the granted share options that also reflect the success already achieved would not be remunerated in full or at all.
  • According to section 5.1.2 paragraph 1 of the Code, the Supervisory Board should ensure long-term succession planning together with the Executive Board.

    There are no provisions for long-term succession planning at present. Given the age structure of the members of the Executive Board, there is deemed to be no need for this.
  • According to section 5.3 of the Code, the Supervisory Board should establish various committees.

    The Supervisory Board has not formed any committees as this is not expedient or useful for a Supervisory Board with four members. An efficient and effective fulfillment of tasks is ensured in this case even without forming committees.
  • According to section 5.4.1 paragraph 2 of the Code, the Supervisory Board should determine an age limit for its members and a regular limit to Supervisory Board members' term of office.

    The Supervisory Board has not specified these limits to date, as such a restriction did not appear to be in the interests of the company given the age structure of the members and the length of their membership of the Supervisory Board.

Berlin, March 15, 2018

First Sensor AG

The Board of Management        The Supervisory Board

2018-03-15 Declaration of Compliance 2018 (PDF)
2017-03-16 Declaration of Compliance 2017 (PDF)
2016-07-08 Declaration of Compliance 2016 Update (PDF)
2016-03-21 Declaration of Compliance 2016 (PDF)

Declarations of compliance from previous years are only available in German. Please click here to go to the German page.

Company
First Sensor is one of the world's leading suppliers in the field of sensor systems. In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific solutions for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. Our goal here is to identify, meet and solve the challenges of the future with our innovative sensor solutions early on.
Investor Relations
Our investor relations activities aim at raising the international publicity of First Sensor AG and at consolidating and extending the perception of our share as an attractive growth stock. This means we keep our online communication transparent, comprehensive and continuous in order to enhance your trust in our share.
Tailored Solutions
In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
Competencies
In the growth market of sensor systems, First Sensor develops and produces customer-specific sensors, electronics, modules and complex systems for the ever-increasing number of applications in the industrial, medical, and mobility target markets. As a solution provider the company offers complete development services from a first draft and proof of concept up to the development of prototypes and finally serial production. First Sensor offers comprehensive development expertise, state-of-the-art packaging technologies and production capacities in clean rooms from ISO class 8 to 5.
Career
Innovation, excellence, proximity – these are our values, our ambition, our drive. Anything less is not an option. Our sensor solutions stand for technical innovation and economic growth. As such, they form the basis for the development and application of new technologies in almost all areas of life. We aim to shape this future together with you.

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