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Remuneration

Decision-making procedures, main principles of remuneration and other remuneration information

The aims of the remuneration system for Orion Corporation’s Board of Directors and executive management are to enhance the Company’s competitiveness and long-term financial success, to achieve the Company’s targets and strategy, and to increase shareholder value.

Remuneration principles concerning the Board of Directors

The remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors is decided on by the Annual General Meeting of the shareholders. The remuneration recommendation to be presented in the invitation to the Annual General Meeting is prepared by the Nomination Committee. The Board of Directors’ remuneration is for work carried out within the Board and its committees.

Remuneration of the Board of Directors in 2023

According to the decision by the AGM 2023, annual fees for the members of the Board are the following:

  • EUR 100,000 for the Chair
  • EUR 61,000 for the Vice Chair
  • EUR 50,000 for the member

However, if a member of the Board acts as the Chair of the Audit Committee or the R&D Committee, her/his annual fee shall be EUR 61,000. Fees for each meeting of the Board and its committees attended are the following:

  • EUR 1,200 for the chair
  • EUR 900 for the vice chair
  • EUR 600 for the member

The travel expenses of the Board members shall be paid in accordance with the previously adopted practice. The meeting attendance fees of Board members permanently resident outside Finland shall be doubled if the meeting is held outside the country of residence of such a member and the person attended the meeting at the place of the meeting.

Of the above-mentioned annual fee, 60% shall be paid in cash and 40% in Orion Corporation B-shares, which shall be acquired for the members over the period 28 April - 5 May 2023 from the stock exchange in amounts corresponding to EUR 40,000 for the Chair, EUR 24,400 for the Vice Chair and for the Board members acting as the Chairs of the Audit Committee and the R&D Committee and EUR 20,000 for each of the other members. The part of the annual fee that is to be paid in cash corresponds to the approximate sum necessary for the payment of the income taxes on the fees and shall be paid no later than 31 May 2023. The annual fees shall encompass the full term of office of the Board of Directors.

In addition, the AGM decided that the Company shall pay the transfer tax related to the part of the annual fee of the Board of Directors paid in shares. Potential statutory social security and pension costs incurring to Board members having permanent residence outside Finland shall be borne by Orion Corporation as required by the applicable national legislation.

Board members are required to retain ownership of the Orion Corporation B shares paid as fees for a period of two years from the date of payment of the fees. However, if the person's membership of the Board of Directors of the Company were to end before the expiry of the restriction on transfer, the restriction on transfer shall expire at the end of the membership of the Board of Directors.

Remuneration principles concerning the President and CEO

The remuneration of the President and CEO is based on the remuneration policy approved by the Annual General Meeting 2020 in accordance with the Board of Directors’ proposal. The remuneration of the President and CEO is decided by the Board of Directors. The Personnel and Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors is responsible for preparing the remuneration. The remuneration of the President and CEO consists of a monthly salary with fringe benefits, an annual performance-based bonus (STI) and long-term share-based incentive plans (LTI). The use of a share-based incentive scheme as part of the President and CEO’s remuneration is in principle in the interest of the company and its shareholders because it merges the objectives of the shareholders and the President and CEO to promote the company’s strategy and its long-term financial success. The President and CEO’s variable remuneration components (an annual performance-based bonus and long-term incentive plans) are based on predefined targets that are confirmed annually by the Board of Directors. The targets are set so that they promote implementation of the company’s strategy and its financial success over the short and long terms. The Board of Directors assesses and confirms the achievement of the objectives annually, or in case of earning periods longer than a year, at the end of each earning period.

The President and CEO Liisa Hurme’s fixed annual salary including fringe benefits is EUR 666,840.

The annual performance-based bonus (STI) of the President and CEO can be no more than twelve (12) months’ salary. Regarding the long-term share-based incentive plan (LTI), for the earning period commenced in 2023, the earning opportunity for the President and CEO is a maximum of 25,000 Orion Corporation B shares and a cash payment with the maximum amount corresponding to the value of the shares. The criteria and upper limits of the share-based incentive plans in force for key persons of the Group are determined as described in section Share-based incentive plans. In the case of the President and CEO, the principle of owning the company's shares is that her shareholding in the company corresponds to at least her fixed gross annual salary.

Notice period of the service agreement of President and CEO is 6 months, both for the company and for the President and CEO. The company has the right to immediately discharge the President and CEO from her duties. In certain situations, if the President and CEO has breached the service agreement, the company has also the right to terminate the service agreement with immediate effect. With the exception of such agreement breach situations, if the company has terminated the service agreement, the President and CEO shall be entitled to a severance pay equalling to her base salary for 18 months. The prerequisite for the severance pay is also that the company and the President and CEO enter into a separate agreement. If the President and CEO terminates the service agreement, no severance pay is paid.

The President and CEO’s pension is determined by the law applicable to employees (i.e., she has no supplementary pension arrangement).

Remuneration principles concerning other executives

The remuneration of the other members of the Group’s Executive Management Board is decided by the Board of Directors or its Chairman. For the other executive management, the President and CEO and the Personnel and Remuneration Committee of the Board of Directors are responsible for preparing the remuneration. The remuneration system for these persons comprises a monthly salary including fringe benefits, an annual performance-based bonus (STI) and long-term share-based incentive plans (LTI). An annual performance-based bonus and long-term incentive plan are based on predefined targets that are confirmed annually by the Board of Directors. The targets are set so that they promote implementation of the company’s strategy and its financial success over the short and long terms. The Board of Directors assesses and confirms the achievement of the objectives annually, or in case of earning periods longer than a year, at the end of each earning period.

The maximum performance-based bonus of a member of the Executive Management Board cannot exceed the aforementioned maximum performance-based bonus of the President and CEO. The upper limits of the share-based incentive plans in force for key persons of the Group are determined as described in section Share-based incentive plans. The notice periods of an employment agreement of members of the Executive Management Board are 2-3 months, if a member of the Executive Management Board resigns herself/himself. If the employment agreement is terminated by the employer, the notice period is six months. In addition, the members of the Executive Management Board have the right to a severance pay of six months salary if the employer terminates the employment agreement.

The pensions of the members of the Executive Management Board are determined by the law applicable to employees (i.e., they have no supplementary pension arrangements), with the exception of one Executive Management Board member who has a defined contribution based supplementary pension arrangement that Orion has for the personnel in its subsidiary company in the UK.

Remuneration of other executives in 2022

The salaries, fees, fringe benefits and performance-based bonuses paid for 2022 to the members of the Executive Management Board, excluding the President and CEO, totalled EUR 2,984,494 (4,102,583) comprising EUR 1,540,007 (1,483,765) in salaries and fringe benefits and EUR 1,444,487 (2,618,818) in performance-based bonuses. The total number of Executive Management Board members was 7 (7) at year end 2022, including also the President and CEO.