It is the Corporation’s policy that all disclosures made by the Corporation to its security holders and to the investment community should be complete and accurately present the Corporation’s financial condition and results of operations in all material respects, and should be made on a timely basis as required by applicable laws and stock exchange requirements.
The Corporation's Disclosure Committee will assist the Corporation's Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer (collectively, the "Senior Officers") and Senior Management in fulfilling the Corporation's and their responsibilities regarding (i) the identification and disclosure of material information about the Corporation and (ii) the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the Corporation's financial reports.
- Subject to the supervision and oversight of Senior Officers, the Committee shall be responsible for the following tasks:
- Review and, as necessary, help revise the Corporation's controls and other procedures ("Disclosure Controls and Procedures") to ensure that (i) information required by the Corporation to be disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and other written information that the Corporation will disclose to the public is recorded, processed, summarized and reported accurately and on a timely basis, and (ii) such information is accumulated and communicated to management, including the Senior Officers, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
- Assist in documenting, and monitoring the integrity and evaluating the effectiveness of, the Disclosure Controls and Procedures.
- Review the Corporation's (i) Annual Report on Form 10-KSB, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-QSB, and Current Reports on Form 8-K, proxy statement, material registration statements, and any other information filed with the SEC (collectively, the "Reports"), (ii) press releases containing financial information, earnings guidance, forward-looking statements, information about material transactions, or other information material to the Corporation’s security holders, (iii) correspondence broadly disseminated to shareholders, and (iv) other relevant communications or presentations (collectively, the “Disclosure Statements”).
- Discuss with the Senior Officers and Senior Management information relative to the Committee’s responsibilities and proceedings, including (i) the preparation of the Disclosure Statements and (ii) the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Disclosure Controls and Procedures.
- Certify that ZIM’s disclosures are complete and accurate based on the review process taken.
In discharging its duties, the Committee shall have full access to all Corporation books, records, facilities, and personnel, including the internal auditors.
3. Disclosure Control Considerations
The Committee shall base the review and revision of the Disclosure Controls and Procedures on the following factors:
The directives of the Board and Audit Committee; the integrity and ethical values of the Corporation's officers and employees, including the "tone at the top"; the Corporation's Code of Conduct; and the philosophy and operating style of management, including how employees are organized and how authority is delegated.
The identification and analysis of relevant risks to achieving the goal of accurate and timely disclosure, forming a basis for determining how the risks should be managed.
The procedures to ensure that necessary actions are taken to address and handle risks to achievement of objectives.
Information and Communication
The accumulation, delivery and communication of financial information throughout (i.e., up, down and across) the organization.
The assessment of the quality of the financial reporting systems over time through ongoing monitoring and separate evaluations, including through regular management supervision and reporting of deficiencies upstream.
The members of the Committee shall be appointed annually by the Senior Officers. The membership of the Committee shall initially consist of the Corporation’s CFO, Vice President of Business Development, Vice President of Business Development – Brazil and one independent director. Members may be added, at any time and from time to time by the Senior Officers.
The Committee may designate two or more individuals, at least one of whom shall be knowledgeable about financial reporting and another about law, who can, acting together, review Disclosure Statements when time does not permit full Committee review. The Senior Officers at their option may, at any time and from time to time, assume any or all of the responsibilities of the Disclosure Committee identified in this Charter, including, for example, approving Disclosure Statements when time does not permit the full Committee (or the designated individuals) to meet or act.
The CFO of the Corporation shall act as the Chair of the Committee (unless and until another member of the Committee shall be so appointed by any Senior Officer).
5. Meetings and Procedures
The Committee shall meet or act as frequently, at a minimum quarterly, and as formally or informally as circumstances dictate to (i) ensure the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of the Disclosure Statements and (ii) evaluate the Disclosure Controls and Procedures and determine whether any changes to the Disclosure Controls and Procedures are necessary or advisable in connection with the preparation of the Reports or other Disclosure Statements, taking into account developments since the most recent evaluation, including material changes in the Corporation’s organization and business lines and any material change in economic or industry conditions.
The Committee shall adopt, whether formally or informally, such procedures as it deems necessary to facilitate the fulfillment of its responsibilities.
The Committee shall review and assess this Charter annually, and recommend any proposed changes to the Senior Officers for approval.
Any questions of interpretation regarding this Charter, or the Committee’s responsibilities or procedures, shall be determined initially by the Chair and, to the extent necessary, ultimately by the Senior Officers.