Galapagos’ corporate governance policies
We have adopted the Belgian Corporate Governance Code 2009 (which can be consulted on www.corporategovernancecommittee.be) as our reference code. Galapagos NV’s board of directors approved a Corporate Governance Charter (which is available on our website, www.glpg.com). The Corporate Governance Charter applies in addition to the law, Galapagos NV’s articles of association and the corporate governance provisions included in the Belgian Companies Code and the Belgian Corporate Governance Code 2009.
The board of directors strives to comply with the rules of the Belgian Corporate Governance Code 2009 as much as possible. At the same time, the board of directors is of the opinion that certain deviations from the provisions of the Belgian Corporate Governance Code 2009 are justified, in view of our activities, our size and the specific circumstances in which we operate. In such cases, which are mentioned in this corporate governance statement, we apply the “comply or explain” principle. Reference is made to the “Galapagos NV’s share capital and shares” section and to the “Remuneration of non-executive Directors of Galapagos NV” section below.
In addition to the information set out below, we refer to the “Risk management” and “Risk factors” sections of this report for a description of the most important characteristics of our internal control and risk management systems. The “Risk management” and “Risk factors” sections are incorporated by reference in this corporate governance statement.