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Board Committees

See how our Board of Directors and three Committees work together to achieve a well-balanced governance.

The Board of Directors is assisted by three Committees: the Audit Committee, the Finance & Risk Committee and the Compensation, Governance & Sustainability Committee.

In order to ensure a more thorough monitoring of both risks and the sustainability strategy, in 2022 the Board Committees were reorganized as follows: the Finance Committee became the Finance & Risk Committee and the Compensation & Governance Committee became the Compensation, Governance & Sustainability Committee.

To ensure a well-balanced governance, the Board's Terms of Reference specifically provide, in addition to French law requirements, that independent directors play a major role in all Board Committees, as follows:

  • each Committee is chaired by an independent director;
  • all members of the Audit Committee are independent directors;
  • all members of the Compensation, Governance & Sustainability Committee are independent directors, with the exception of the director representing the employees who sits on the Committee pursuant to the Afep-Medef recommendations;
  • none of AXA's executive officers may be members of the Committees.

Each Committee issues opinions, proposals or recommendations to the Board of Directors on matters within the scope of its responsibilities with each Committee Chairman reporting to the Board at the following Board meeting. However, under French law, Board Committees do not have any formal decision-making power and are advisory only.

The Committees may request external consulting expertise if necessary. They may also invite external participants to attend their meetings.

All Committees are composed of members with expertise in the relevant areas, and their composition is regularly reviewed by the Board of Directors.

The role, organization and responsibilities of each Committee are set out in the Board’s Terms of Reference and in the AXA Group Audit Committee Terms of Reference.

Discover each Committee

The AXA Board of Directors created three Committees in order to review specific matters.