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MEDTRONIC PLC filed this Form DEFR14A on 10/11/2017
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Enterprise Risk Management (“ERM”) program and has received briefings on the outcomes of the ERM program and the steps the Company is taking to mitigate risks that program has identified. The Board’s oversight of risk management includes full and open communications with management to review the adequacy and functionality of the risk management processes used by management. In addition, the Board of Directors uses its committees to assist in its risk oversight responsibility as follows:


Audit Committee: Assists the Board of Directors in its oversight of the integrity of the financial reporting of the Company and its compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements. It also oversees our internal controls and compliance activities. The Audit Committee periodically discusses policies with respect to risk assessment and risk management, including appropriate guidelines and policies to govern the process, as well as the Company’s major financial and business risk exposures and certain contingent liabilities and the steps management has undertaken to monitor and control such exposures. It also meets privately with representatives from the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm.
Finance and Financial Risk Committee: assists the Board of Directors in its oversight of risk relating to the Company’s assessment of its significant financial risks and certain contingent liabilities.
Compensation Committee: assists the Board of Directors in its oversight of risk relating to the Company’s assessment of its compensation policies and practices.
Quality Committee: assists the Board of Directors in its oversight of risk relating to product quality and safety, cybersecurity, and research.
Technology and Value Creation Committee: assists the Board of Directors in its oversight of risk relating to product technology and the Company’s position with regard to technological innovation.


Compensation Risk Assessment


We conducted a risk assessment of our compensation policies and practices and concluded that such policies and practices do not create risks that are reasonably likely to have a material adverse effect on our Company. The framework for the assessment was developed using materials from the Compensation Committee’s independent consultant, Frederic W. Cook & Co., Inc. This framework included an update to a comprehensive internal survey used in Fiscal Year 2010 that was designed to identify material policies and practices to be assessed, a review of the identified compensation plans and practices against the evaluation framework and identification of mitigating factors with respect to any risks.


In particular, as a result of the assessment, we noted that:


Base salaries at Medtronic are generally competitive in the median range of the executive compensation peer companies, not subject to any performance risk and act as a material component of total compensation for most Medtronic employees.
Incentive plans for senior management and executive officers are appropriately weighted between short-term and long-term performance and between cash and equity compensation. In addition, our practice of establishing long-term incentive performance targets at the beginning of each of our overlapping three-year performance periods reduces the incentive to maximize performance during any one year.
Short-term incentive performance goals are recalibrated annually, based upon Medtronic’s annual operating plan approved by the Board, and are different from the long-term performance measures.
Executives and directors are subject to stock ownership and retention guidelines that require directors to maintain ownership of Medtronic stock equal to five (5) times their annual retainer, Medtronic’s CEO to maintain ownership of Medtronic stock equal to six (6) times his annual salary, and the other NEOs to maintain Medtronic stock equal to three (3) times their annual salary. Until the ownership guideline is met, the CEO and directors must retain 75% of after-tax Medtronic shares received through settlement of equity compensation awards and other NEOs must retain 50% of such shares.
Medtronic has implemented policies designed to recoup payments or gains from incentive and equity compensation improperly paid or granted to executives


Committees of the Board and Meetings


Our standing Board committees consist solely of independent directors, as defined in the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) Corporate Governance Standards. The Audit Committee was established in accordance with Section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). Each director attended 75% or more of the total Board and Board committee meetings on which the director served in Fiscal Year 2017. In addition, it has been the longstanding practice of Medtronic for all directors to attend the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. All directors attended the last Annual General Meeting.


The following table summarizes (i) the membership of the Board as of the end of Fiscal Year 2017, (ii) the members of each of the Board’s standing committees as of the end of Fiscal Year 2017, and (iii) the number of times each standing committee met during Fiscal Year 2017.


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