Governance

Promoting accountability and transparency  

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Our Commitment

We believe strong governance is vital to meeting our growth and sustainability objectives in an ever-changing marketplace and that strategic foresight coupled with a sound governance structure provides the platform needed for accountability, transparency, and value creation.

Moving beyond compliance, we are working toward aligning our sustainability practices and disclosures to the Global Reporting Index, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other recognized standards, to better meet stakeholder interests and demonstrate industry leadership.

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Management Approach and Board Oversight

We are dependent on the prudence of our leadership. Members of our Board of Directors are selected for their judgment, depth of experience, and the diverse perspectives they can lend to our organization. The Board of Directors sets high standards for our employees, officers, and directors.

The Board of Directors follows procedures and standards set forth in the Corporate Governance Guidelines and the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and it has established an Audit Committee, a Conflicts Committee, and a Nominating, Governance, and Compensation Committee to assist in its oversight activities.

Our management has also established internal committees on risk, disclosure, and investment. Each of these committees operates pursuant to an approved charter that is reviewed regularly. Reports submitted to the Board and investors describe our risks, performance, and goals for expanding our clean energy portfolio in a manner that emphasizes strong business ethics.

As a public company, we are required to assess critical risk factors on a regular basis. The risk committee meets quarterly and tracks risks that we face, which are reported to the Board’s Audit Committee. This includes potential changes in wind patterns that could affect the ability of our assets to generate energy, risks in the occurrence of a major safety event within our business, cybersecurity risks, and political and regulatory policy risks, among others. Various scenarios are considered when evaluating short, medium, and long-term outlooks.

The Board of Directors annually reviews principal policies related to our governance, including the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and Corporate Governance Guidelines, as well as key corporate policies, including the Insider Trading Policy, Anticorruption Policy, and Whistleblower Policy.

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Governance Practices

  • Apply our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics throughout the organization.
  • Regularly review, update, and educate our workforce on certain policies, including our Insider Trading Policy and Whistleblower Policy.
  • Refresh employees’ understanding of, and compliance with, key corporate policies through mandatory training and certifications.
  • Notify and brief essential partners, including contractors who represent us, of our strong Anti-Corruption Policy.
  • Assess skillsets of management and the Board of Directors when determining succession planning.
  • Honor our core values, which serve to guide us in every decision we make.

 

 

 

Governance

2018 Performance Metrics

Independent Directors 86%
Women Board Members 29%
Board Size 7
Board Age Range 51 - 74
Director Average Age 66
Director Meeting Attendance 94%
Independent Director Compensation $147,000
Total CEO Compensation $2.1 Million
Top 5 executive average compensation* $1.4 Million

 

Compensation details and methodology are provided in the annual Proxy Statement.


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Focusing
on Ethics

Pattern Energy is dedicated to conducting our business consistent with the highest standards of business ethics. We have an obligation to our employees, investors, and other stakeholders to be honest, fair, and forthright in all of our business activities.

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Additional Resources 

2018 Pattern Energy Sustainability Report » 
GRI Content Index » 
2018 ESG Fact Sheet »