Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies

The Board aims to comply in all material respects with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies 2016, a framework for the application of best practice in corporate governance by commercial State bodies. 

We are required to adopt this Code of Practice in the conduct of our operations, and to confirm to the relevant Minister when this has been done.

The Code of Practice makes provision for all aspects of the Corporate Governance Framework, including:

  • Codes of conduct for directors and employees
  • The internal audit function
  • Procurement
  • Disposal of assets and access to assets by third parties
  • Establishment of subsidiaries and acquisitions by state bodies
  • Diversification
  • Investment appraisal
  • Remuneration and directors’ fees
  • Reporting arrangements
  • Strategic and corporate planning
  • Tax compliance

Other Codes

ESB complies on a voluntary basis (in so far as is reasonably applicable given ESB is a statutory corporation) with the UK Corporate Governance Code  and the Irish Corporate Governance Annex. For further information see the Board’s Governance Report in the Governance section of the Annual Report.  A copy of the UK code can be obtained from the FRC’s website www.frc.org.uk and a copy of the Irish Annex is available at www.ise.ie

ESB Group Policies

Policies approved by the Board or by Board Committees include: