The Human Resources and Remuneration Committee appointed by the Board of Directors, presently consists of three Non-Executive Directors. J Durairatnam is the Chairman of the Committee. Ms A L Thambiayah and Ms H M N S Gunawardana are the other members. Ms S R Thambiayah functioned as a member of the Committee until 27 September 2021.
The Chief Executive attended meetings and participated in its deliberations except when his own evaluation and remuneration was under discussion. He also served as the Secretary until December 2021. The Head of Human Resources assisted the Committee by providing relevant information and functions as the Secretary of the Committee with effect from January 2022. The Committee obtains input from external specialists as and when required.
The Committee’s composition met the requirements of Rule 7.10.5 of Listing Rules of the Colombo Stock Exchange.
Terms of Reference of the Committee adopted by the Board encompasses the tasks specified in Section 3 (6) (iii) of Direction No. 11 of 2007 of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka on corporate governance for licensed commercial banks.
The Committee in determining the remuneration policy relating to Directors, Chief Executive, and Key Management Personnel of DFCC Bank, in terms of Directions ensures appropriate compensation levels in order to attract, retain, and motivate talented staff with the core capabilities matched to its strategy and also to ensure that the Bank consistently delivers value to all stakeholders and to make the organisation more competitive. To achieve this, the Committee uses a mixture of fixed and variable pay to reward employees. During the year, the Committee oversaw a review of the remuneration benchmarking study carried out by a firm of external consultants among comparable institutions in respect of staff in junior grades.
The Committee assists the Board in exercising its oversight on matters related to human resource strategies and policies and makes recommendations to the Board. Apart from the general review of remuneration, in keeping with the policy of pay for performance, the Committee reviewed the performance of the Bank against the historical performance, key performance indicators agreed at the beginning of the year as well as against a peer group when determining and recommending to the Board the annual salary increment pool and the performance based variable pay pool for DFCC Bank. The Committee also appraised the performance of the Chief Executive based on the pre-agreed targets and desired skills and reviewed his remuneration.
In addition, the Committee considers and recommends to the Board of Directors from time to time, the requirements of additional/new expertise/skills and also salary revisions. The Committee annually assesses the succession plan for key management positions and took appropriate steps to induct external skills to strengthen the Management of the Bank where it was deemed necessary.
The Committee held three meetings during the financial year to carry out its task. The attendance by members is given on page 128 of the Annual Report.
Chairman – Human Resources and Remuneration Committee
17 February 2022