The self-evaluation process includes all members of the Board of Directors and Executive Management. The chair has the overall responsibility for conducting the yearly self-evaluation. The self-evaluation is facilitated every third year by external consultants, who interview all members of the Board of Directors and Executive Management as well as the secretaries to the Board and the board committees. For the subsequent two years, the self-evaluation is facilitated by the secretary of the Nomination Committee and is based on written questionnaires to all members of the Board of Directors and Executive Management. The process, whether it is facilitated internally or by external consultants, evaluates topics such as board dynamics, board agenda and discussions, strategy, culture, executive succession, board composition, succession, potential over boarding and training. In addition, each individual member of the Board of Directors and Executive Management is provided with feedback from all other board members and executives on their individual performance. The self-evaluation is conducted on an anonymous basis. Ratings and comments to individuals are only shared with that individual and the chair in an anonymised version, while the remaining ratings and comments are consolidated and shared with the board members and executives in an anonymised version.
In 2018, the self-evaluation was facilitated internally and, in
general, revealed good performance by the Board and good collaboration
between the Board and Executive Management. The process also resulted
in continued focus on the implementation of the Research &
Development strategy, sourcing of external innovation,
commercialization of the company’s products and the development of the
The performance of each executive is continuously evaluated by the Board, and once a year the chair of the Board also conducts a formal interview with each executive.