Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Committee charter

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Committee Members:

Vinita Bali

Carol M. Browner - Chair 

John E. McGlade



            The Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility Committee assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibility for oversight of relevant sustainability and corporate social responsibility policies, strategies and programs of the Company.  It may also have other duties as may from time to time be assigned to it by the Board.

Committee Composition

  1. Members.  The Committee shall consist of as many members as the Board shall determine, but in any event not fewer than three members.  The members of the Committee shall be appointed annually by the Board.
  2. Qualifications.  Each member of the Committee shall meet all independence and other requirements of law and the New York Stock Exchange applicable to listed U.S. companies.  Each member shall be financially literate. 
  3. Chair.  The Chair of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board.  The Chair will also maintain regular liaison with the Managing Director and Director of global government and/or corporate affairs.
  4. Removal and Replacement.  The members of the Committee may be removed or replaced, and any vacancies on the Committee shall be filled, by the Board.  In addition, membership on the Committee shall automatically end at such time as the Board determines that a member ceases to be an independent member of the Board.

Committee Meetings

  1. Meetings.  The Chair of the Committee, in consultation with the Committee members, shall determine the schedule and frequency of the Committee meetings, provided that the Committee shall meet at least two times a year.  Meetings of the Committee may be held in person or by conference call.
  2. Agenda.  The Chair of the Committee shall develop and set the Committee’s agenda, in consultation with the other members of the Committee, the Board and management.  The agenda and, to the extent practical, information concerning the business to be conducted at each Committee meeting shall, be provided to the members of the Committee in advance of each meeting..  Additionally, the agenda concerning the business to be conducted at each Committee meeting shall be circulated to all Board members in advance of the meeting.
  3. Report to the Board.  The Committee shall report to the Board regularly, and make available to the Board the minutes of its meetings.
  4. Performance Evaluation; Assessment of Charter.  The Committee shall annually conduct a performance evaluation and shall report to the Board the results of the evaluation.  The Committee shall review and assess the adequacy of this Charter annually and recommend any changes to the Board.

Authority and Duties

  1. Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Policies, Strategies and Programs:  The Committee shall oversee and provide input to management on the Company’s policies, strategies and programs related to matters of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.  This includes, but is not limited to, matters related to the environment, human rights, community relations, supply chains, nutrition and health, food safety, public affairs and philanthropy.
  2. External Trends:  The Committee shall consider, analyze and provide input to management on social, political and environmental trends in public debate, public policy, regulation and legislation and consider additional corporate social responsibility actions in response to such issues.
  3. Performance Goals:  The Committee shall review the goals the Company may establish from time to time for its performance with respect to matters of sustainability and corporate social responsibility and monitor the Company’s progress against those goals.
  4. Reputation and Relationships with Stakeholders:  The Committee shall receive periodic reports from the Company’s management regarding relationships with key external stakeholders that may have a significant impact on the Company's business activities and performance.
  5. Risk Management:  The Committee shall oversee and provide input to management on the Company’s risk assessment and management policies and procedures with respect to those risks for which responsibility for oversight has been assigned to the Committee by the Board of Directors.
  6. Philanthropy:  The Committee shall review the Company’s charitable giving policies and programs and receive reports from management on charitable contributions made by the Company, directly and through its foundations.
  7. Reporting and Disclosure:  The Committee shall review sustainability and corporate responsibility reports issued from time to time by the Company.  
  8. Shareholder proposals:  The Committee shall review proposals relating to public policy, sustainability or corporate responsibility issues and provide a report to the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors.

The foregoing list of duties is not exhaustive, and the Committee may, in addition, perform any other functions it may find necessary or appropriate for the performance of its oversight function.  The Committee shall have the power to delegate its authority and duties to subcommittees or individual members of the Committee as it deems appropriate.  In discharging its oversight role, the Committee shall have full access to all Company books, records, facilities and personnel.  The Committee shall have the power to retain legal, financial or other advisors as it deems necessary.


As Amended: March 2018