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Management and control

In the legal form of a KGaA, the Company’s corporate bodies are the General Meeting, the Supervisory Board, and the general partner, Fresenius Management SE. Fresenius Management SE is wholly owned by the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung. The KGaA has a two-tier management system – management and control are strictly separated.

The general partner, represented by its Management Board, conducts the business and represents the Company in dealings with third parties. The Management Board has seven members. According to the Management Board’s rules of procedure, each member is accountable for his own area of responsibility. However, the members have joint responsibility for the management of the Group. In addition to the Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA, Fresenius Management SE has its own Supervisory Board. The Management Board is required to report to the Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE regularly, in particular on its corporate policy and strategies, business profitability, current operations, and any other matters that could be of significance for the Company’s profitability and liquidity. The Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE also advises and supervises the Management Board in its management of the Company. It is prohibited from managing the Company directly. However, the Management Board’s rules of procedure require it to obtain the approval of the Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE for specific activities.

The members of the Management Board are appointed and dismissed by the Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE. Appointment and dismissal is in accordance with Article 39 of the SE Regulation. The articles of association of Fresenius Management SE also provide that deputy members of the Management Board may be appointed.

The Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA advises and supervises the management of the Company’s business by the general partner, reviews the annual financial statements and the consolidated financial statements, and performs the other functions assigned to it by law and the Company’s articles of association. It is involved in corporate planning and strategy, and in all matters of fundamental importance for the Company.

The Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA has six shareholder representatives and six employee representatives. A Nomination Committee of the Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA has been instituted for election proposals for the shareholder representatives. Its activities are aligned with the provisions of law and the Corporate Governance Code. The shareholder representatives are elected by the Annual General Meeting. The European works council elects the employee representatives to the Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA.

The Supervisory Board must meet at least twice per calendar half-year.

The Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA has two permanent committees: the Audit Committee, consisting of five members, and the Nomination Committee, consisting of three members. The members of the committees are listed here in this annual report. The Company’s annual corporate governance declaration describes the procedures of the Supervisory Board’s committees. The declaration can be found here in this annual report and on our website www.fresenius.com, see Who we are − Corporate Governance.

The description of both the compensation structure and individual amounts paid to the Management Board and Supervisory Board of Fresenius Management SE and the Supervisory Board of Fresenius SE & Co. KGaA are included in the Compensation Report of this annual report. The Compensation Report is part of the Group’s Management Report.

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