The Group seeks to apply the principles of the UK Corporate Governance Code (“the UK Code”), where considered applicable to a private, unlisted group. The Group also applies the Walker Guidelines on transparency and disclosure and regularly monitors corporate governance best practice and the applicability of any developments to the Group. Any changes to the Group’s governance arrangements considered appropriate are implemented within agreed timescales.
South Staffordshire Water PLC continues to apply the principles of its own Corporate Governance Code (the “SSW Code”) which it implemented in response to Ofwat’s published principles on board leadership, transparency and governance. Although South Staffordshire Water PLC is not a public listed company, its Board of Directors recognises that they should act, where applicable, as if it were and therefore the SSW Code has also specifically drawn on certain principles of the UK Code that may be applicable to a privately owned regulated company. A copy of the SSW Code can be found on South Staffs Water’s website (www.south-staffs-water.co.uk).
As the immediate parent company of South Staffordshire Water PLC, South Staffordshire Plc and its Board of Directors recognise the responsibilities that come from providing a public service and the Company is therefore fully committed to maintaining high standards of leadership, transparency and governance as a parent of a regulated business. The Company maintains an open dialogue with all of its subsidiaries and fully supports South Staffordshire Water PLC in complying with its statutory and regulatory obligations, including but not limited to the SSW Code and ensuring that it can make strategic and sustainable decisions that are in the long-term interests of the regulated business. Details of how South Staffordshire Water PLC follows the principles in the SSW Code are provided separately in its own Report and Accounts. Details of how South Staffordshire Plc, as the immediate parent of South Staffordshire Water PLC, follows Ofwat’s Holding Company Principles are detailed in the Corporate Governance report in its Annual Report.
The Board can also confirm, on behalf of KKR Infrastructure Limited, that it, as the ultimate controlling party of the Group, also fully supports these Holding Company Principles from Ofwat and it will continue to apply high standards of board leadership and governance.