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The Bango Board
The Bango Board of Directors is responsible for the overall strategy for Bango, promoting shareholder interests and overseeing the delivery of long-term objectives. The Board provides support to the Bango management team, bringing experience and skills to complement those of management. The Board has a formal list of matters specifically reserved for its decisions and delegates authority to its various committees as required.
The Board has adopted the Quoted Companies Alliance Code, which it believes is a good fit to the nature, stage and size of the business of Bango and the sector in which it operates. The QCA Code principles support the core aims of Bango – to deliver innovative, reliable products in a dynamic, collaborative environment, achieving sustainable growth for all stakeholders.View Corporate Governance Report
An index of the location of all disclosures made by Bango as required under the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Code can be found here: QCA website disclosures
QCA Code Principles
Establish a strategy and business model which promote long-term value for shareholders.
Establish a strategy and business model which promote long-term value for shareholders – QCA Code Principle 1
The 2021 Annual Report incorporates an explanation of the Bango strategy and business model. A copy may be accessed here
Seeks to understand and meet shareholder needs and expectations
Seek to understand and meet shareholder needs and expectations – QCA Code Principle 2
Bango enters into open, clear and regular communications with its shareholders. A solid understanding of the business model, strategy and aims of the business is fundamental to achieving shareholder engagement and delivering value. The core Bango corporate values are applied across all areas of its business, including relationships with shareholders.
Bango has various forums for communication with shareholders, including its AGM, which all shareholders are invited to attend. The Board is introduced to the meeting and available to address shareholder queries, either in open forum or individually afterwards. The Board makes presentations to institutional investors at least twice annually, immediately following the release of the half-year and full-year results, and also meets with individual institutional investors during the year in order to gain their views. In addition, Bango hosts a strategy day annually, which all shareholders are invited to attend, at which shareholders can meet and discuss Bango strategy and operations with members of the Board and the senior management team. The Bango broker supports the Board and the Bango investor relations team, in their communications with institutional investors and prospective investors. The Chair has overall responsibility for ensuring good investor relations.
Bango has a dedicated Head of Investor Relations to keep Bango proactively and closely engaged with its shareholder base, as well as potential investors.
Specific queries may be raised at any time by any shareholder by emailing the Bango investor relations team at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Head of Investor Relations ensures that the person best placed to address each query responds as soon as possible. The CEO is responsible for overseeing day-to-day communications with shareholders.
Take into account wider stakeholder and social responsibilities and their implications for long term success
Take into account wider stakeholder and social responsibilities and their implications for long-term success – QCA Code Principle 3
The Executive Directors are responsible for identifying the key resources and relationships on which the Bango business relies. The Non-Executive Directors oversee the performance of the executive team.
People are the heart of Bango and are critical to its success. The Bango THRIVE values spell out the high standards we hold ourselves to that make Bango such a special place to work.
Bango is a challenging and stimulating place to work, requiring enthusiasm and commitment. All employees are valued equally; the leadership team strive to make everyone feel an important part of Bango and empowered to make a difference. Bango strongly encourages collaborative working, offers a generous benefits package and supports employee personal development and welfare. A company-wide share option scheme means that all employees feel connected to, and benefit from, the growth of the company.
The Executive Directors recognize the important role employees play in understanding the needs, interests and expectations of other stakeholders. They work closely with all employees to grow and nurture these relationships.
In order to gain feedback from its employees, Bango undertakes an employee engagement survey annually, the results of which are reported to the Board, analysed and actioned as appropriate, and kept under regular review. Staff retention and churn measures are tracked with all leavers and starters reported to the Board. Ad hoc Bango “Circles” provide a more regular and informal measure of employee engagement. These are usually completed within teams.
Monthly all staff meetings provide a regular engagement point to discuss progress across Bango. With a staggered return to the office these are now hybrid physical/virtual meetings. All-staff meetings remain a key forum for new starters to meet the wider team and for people to raise questions. All staff receive the monthly management pack that the Board receives. This is publicized and people are encouraged to read and raise questions from the report. Feedback forums in tools such as Slack provide a more informal but rapid means of communication.
Customers and partners
Bango customers and partners are diverse and are central to the success of Bango and its strategy. Large global merchants connect to the Bango Platform to reach new customers, and payment providers connect to offer a broader range of services to their customers.
Bango Audiences offer the marketing teams in companies, large and small, the ability to target their marketing campaigns based on purchase behavior to gain a higher return on investment. In all cases Bango’s focus is to help its customers grow, which inevitably means Bango grows.
Bango works closely with its customers and partners at all stages of the relationship, through its products such as Bango Audiences, Bango Boost and Bango Dashboard, as well as through the building of strong personal relationships across all areas of the business. Feedback is regularly and proactively obtained at all levels, as well as through regular account meetings, which are always attended by management-level, and often director-level, representatives. Feedback is discussed with all key stakeholders and incorporated into product strategy and development.
Bango key suppliers provide the products and services that underpin and support the Bango Platform. Their “fit” with Bango, and the quality of the products and services they provide to Bango, is fundamental to the security, performance and reliability of the platform itself. Bango works closely with these businesses, and proactively monitors quality, security, performance and reliability.
Key suppliers to Bango have executive sponsors to ensure a close partnership exists in preference to a customer-supplier relationship. Regular business reviews are held with strategic suppliers and clear escalation channels are in place for all suppliers providing for rapid resolution of any challenges. Key actions and issues from supplier reviews are reported to the Board in the monthly management reports
Community and environment
Bango is committed to making a positive contribution to the communities within which it operates, whether this is through its support of the local community, reducing its environmental impact or creating employment opportunities. Further detail on Bango’s policy on and measures taken in this area can be found within the Sustainability and Section 172 of the 2021 Annual Report.
Embed effective risk management, considering both opportunities and threats, throughout the organisation
Embed effective risk management, considering both opportunities and threats, throughout the organisation – QCA Code Principle 4
Bango monitors financial and operational risks to which it is exposed through its business activities. The Bango Board, Audit Committee and key management personnel regularly review these risks and assess the processes and controls that have been put in place to mitigate them. The principal risks and uncertainties can be viewed in the Strategic Report section of the 2021 Annual Report.
Maintain the board as a well-functioning, balanced team led by the chair
Maintain the board as a well-functioning, balanced team led by the Chair – QCA Code Principle 5
Further information relating to the composition and functioning of the Board may be found within the Report of Directors section of the 2021 Annual Report.
Ensure that between them the directors have the necessary up-to-date experience, skills and capabilities
Ensure that between them the Directors have the necessary up-to-date experience, skills and capabilities – QCA Code Principle 6
Further information relating to the experience, skills and capabilities of the Board may be found within the Corporate Governance section of the 2021 Annual Report.
Evaluate board performance based on clear and relevant objectives, seeking continuous improvement
Evaluate board performance based on clear and relevant objectives, seeking continuous improvement – QCA Code Principle 7
Board performance is essential to the success of Bango. The Board strives to be strong and effective, individually and collectively, and the correct mix of skills and experience is of crucial importance in achieving this.
An annual appraisal system is in place for all employees, including the Executive Directors. The CEO is responsible for overseeing the performance of the CFO and CMO, and in an operational capacity only, the Executive Chair. The CEO is responsible for overseeing the performance of the CFO, CMO and, in his management capacity, the Executive Chair. The CEO’s effectiveness is monitored by the Board and ultimately the Senior Independent Director, and not the Chair, given the position of Chair is held by an Executive Director. The contribution and performance of all Executive Directors is monitored and overseen by the Senior Independent Director and other Non-Executive Directors.
Management reports, incorporating updates on key financial and operational issues, are produced monthly by the Bango management team, shared with the Board, and scrutinized at the Board’s monthly board meetings.
Executive remuneration incorporates performance-related elements to align their interests with those of Bango shareholders. These performance-related elements are set as a significant proportion of total remuneration, to incentivize and to reward success. The awarding of a bonus is based upon a series of success factors including financial and non-financial criteria, linked to the long-term development of Bango. Success factors include shared goals (e.g. EUS, revenue and profitability targets), and individual, targeted goals, appropriate for each Director and their role. Both shared and individual targets are scrutinized annually, and performance against these targets is monitored closely, by the Remuneration Committee. The Executive Directors’ salaries and benefits are benchmarked against a pan-sector group of 60 AIM listed companies with a comparable market capitalization. Claw back provisions are available for use if it is discovered that any of the terms under which a bonus was previously granted change.
Non-Executive Director performance is overseen by the Senior Independent Director in consultation with the Executive Directors. The Chair’s performance is reviewed by the Senior Independent Director in consultation with all the Directors. The Non-Executive Directors’ value and input to Bango is monitored to ensure they are actively contributing to Bango achieving its strategic and financial objectives.
The performance of the Board as a whole, and its sub-committees, is evaluated continuously. The Board believes changes or actions that are identified through this process should be actioned immediately, instead of waiting for an annual or bi-annual review.
In the second half of 2020 the composition and performance of the Board was formally reviewed, and the “skills matrix” that highlights the contributions of current Board members, and areas where the Board might benefit from additional support, was reviewed and approved. This process was undertaken by the Board and overseen by the Nominations Committee. Further detail on the composition, role and responsibilities of the Nominations Committee, as well as the Audit and Remuneration Committees, as well as activities carried out in 2020, is set out in the 2020 Annual Report.
The Board recognizes the importance of succession planning for both Executive and Non-Executive Directors. The fresh perspectives new Board members are able to contribute are of significant value. Achieving a Board with a good balance of experience and skills, with all Directors contributing towards Bango fulfilling its strategic objectives and achieving growth, is essential, and central to the recruitment process for any new Director.
The Nominations Committee and wider Board consider issues relating to succession planning in their regular meetings. When the need for additional, or replacement, Board or senior management members is identified, the Nominations Committee oversees implementation in consultation with the remainder of the Board and, where appropriate, supported by, the Company Secretary, and the Bango People (HR) and management Leadership teams. All Directors are, to the extent it is appropriate for them to do so, involved in deciding the selection criteria for new Directors, the interviewing process, and the final selection of new Directors.
Promote a corporate culture that is based on ethical values and behaviours
Promote a corporate culture that is based on ethical values and behaviors – QCA Code Principle 8
The Bango corporate culture and values strongly support and encourage ethical values and behaviors.
Employee personal development and welfare are paramount and reinforced through Bango core THRIVE values and employee benefits; Bango “bendy” time is just one tool Bango uses to give employees flexibility to enable them to balance home life and work better. The Bango THRIVE values set out the core values that Bango aspires to represent, and that Bango expects its employees to exhibit. These are:
Bango is committed to encouraging diversity amongst its workforce, and actively enforces its equal opportunities, anti-bullying and harassment policies.
Bango has robust whistleblowing, anti-corruption and bribery policies in place. Bango conducts its operations globally and is active in new and emerging markets, so compliance with these policies is particularly important. All employees are required to know and comply with these policies. Compliance is actively monitored by senior management and implementation is overseen by the Board.
Instead of selecting specific charities, Bango supports those charities its employees wish to back. The money raised by employees for charitable causes is matched by Bango. Bango also supports its employees’ activities through the provision of equipment for their charitable endeavors.
Bango has implemented various measures to reduce its impact on the environment. In line with its environmental aims, Bango is increasingly making use of the Cloud to host its services, with the associated environmental benefits. In addition, the main Bango data center obtains 90% of its energy from renewable sources and pioneers energy-saving designs to reduce its carbon footprint. While travel for in person meetings is still a requirement, much business is conducted online, using video conferencing and the like.
Further detail on the measures taken to ensure that ethical values and behaviors are recognized and respected within Bango corporate culture can be found within the Sustainability and Section 172 of the 2021 Annual Report.
Maintain governance structures and processes that are fit for purpose and support good decision making by the Board
Maintain governance structures and processes that are fit for purpose and support good decision-making by the Board – QCA Code Principle 9
The Board of Bango PLC is made up of the CEO, Executive Chair, CFO, CMO, a Senior Independent Director and three further independent Non-Executive Directors. The Board believe that a board of this size and nature is appropriate for the size and complexity of the Bango business. The size and composition of the Board is kept under review alongside succession planning to ensure it is kept in line with the company’s business needs and growth. It is important that the Non-Executive Directors bring a wide range of skills to the Bango Board to both challenge and support the Executive Directors, to achieve a strong and balanced Board and to ensure that shareholders’ and wider stakeholders’ interests are represented.
Key Board roles
- Responsible for the delivery of the business model, alongside other Executive Directors, within the strategy set by the Board
- Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business and the effective management of Bango as whole
- Oversees the Bango vision, strategy and financial issues
- Oversees the performance of CFO and CMO, and in an operational and management capacity only, the Executive Chair
- Ensures that the Board as a whole is kept informed of operational and management matters
- Leads the Board and chairs Board meetings
- Oversees Board direction and effectiveness and Board agenda
- Contributes towards annual review on the performance of the CEO which is undertaken by the Senior Independent Director (with additional input from all other Non-Executive Directors)
- Ensures information flow between management and Non-Executive Directors
Senior Independent Director
- Oversees Board performance
- Chairs the Nominations Committee
- Oversees the performance and evaluation of the Chair, and the search for a new Chair if required
- Responsible for the quality of and approach to corporate governance, in place of the Chair
- Oversees the adoption, delivery and communication of the company’s corporate governance model, in place of the Chair
- Sounding board and intermediary for the Chair and other Board members
The Senior Independent Director’s role is crucial given the Executive role undertaken by the Chair. The Senior Independent Director oversees the performance and evaluation of the Chair, ensuring the independence and integrity of the wider Board. In addition, the CEO reports to the Board and the Senior Independent Director, and not the Chair.
Further detail on the division of roles and responsibilities as between the Chair, Senior Independent Director and CEO, together with the measures taken to ensure the integrity and independence of the Board and the governance structures and processes are fit for purpose and support good decision-making by the Board may be found within the 2020 Annual Report.
Matters reserved for the Board
- Appointment of advisors
- Approval of overall budget and accounts
- Corporate strategy
- Corporate finance activities, borrowing, and activities with strategic significance
- Issue of shares and share options
- Setting Directors’ remuneration, pensions and other benefits
- Significant hires
- Constitutional and governance issues
Bango has separate Audit, Remuneration and Nominations Committees to ensure good corporate governance.
Audit Committee – The Audit Committee is responsible for:
- Monitoring and challenging the integrity of the financial systems and statements of Bango
- Overseeing Bango’s corporate reporting, internal controls and risk management systems
- Assessing and reporting to the Board on performance, identifying any matters in respect of which it considers that action or improvement is required
- Ensuring a formal channel is available for employees and other stakeholders to express any complaints in respect of financial accounting and reporting
Remuneration Committee – The Remuneration Committee is responsible for:
- Reviewing, and determining on behalf of the Board, the specific remuneration and incentive packages for each of Bango’s Executive Directors
- Reviewing, and making recommendations to the Board in respect of the design of remuneration structures and levels of pay and other incentives for employees of Bango, including share option awards and any adjustments to the terms of share ownership and share option schemes
- Reporting to Bango’s shareholders in relation to remuneration policies applicable to Bango’s Executive Directors
- Monitoring and approving grants of all share option schemes to employees
Nominations Committee – The Nominations Committee is responsible for:
- Reviewing the make-up and skill set of the Board
- Making recommendations to the Board on board composition
- Overseeing and monitoring board performance
- Identifying any areas of Board operation that need additional support or strengthening
- Managing appointments to the Board as needed
- Ensuring that succession planning is discussed and developed
Communicate how the company is governed and is performing by maintaining a dialogue with shareholders and other relevant stakeholders
Communicate how the company is governed and is performing by maintaining a dialogue with shareholders and other relevant stakeholders – QCA Code Principle 10
The “Shareholder engagement” and ” Wider stakeholder and social responsibilities” sections set out above explain how the Board maintains a healthy dialogue with its shareholders and wider stakeholders, and ensures their views are taken into account, enabling the Board to make informed decisions about the company.
All historical annual reports and other governance-related material, including notices and results of general meetings, over at least the last five financial years, may be found on the Bango Investor website under the “Reports & Presentations” section.
Where a high number of votes are cast against a resolution put to the shareholders of the company, or the shareholders vote against a resolution, the Board actively investigates the concerns raised by the shareholders and, where appropriate, will publish here those actions it intends to take, or has taken, as a result.