Nominating, Governance and Public Affairs
CONAGRA FOODS, INC.
NOMINATING, GOVERNANCE AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE CHARTER
Effective July 16, 2013
The Nominating, Governance and Public Affairs Committee (the “Committee”) is appointed by the Board of Directors (the “Board”) to assist the Board by:
- identifying qualified candidates for membership on the Board,
- proposing a slate of directors for election by the stockholders at each annual meeting,
- proposing to the Board candidates to fill vacancies,
- considering and making recommendations to the Board concerning the appropriate size, functions and policies of the Board,
- recommending to the Board the structure, size, membership and functions of the various committees of the Board,
- recommending to the Board corporate governance principles for the Company,
- assessing the independence of Board members, and
- advising management on internal and external factors and relationships affecting the Company’s image and reputation including those related to corporate citizenship and public policy issues significant to the Company.
The Committee has the authority and responsibilities described in this Charter. This Charter has been adopted by the Board. The Committee will review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter annually and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
The Committee will be comprised of at least three directors who shall meet the independence requirements established by the New York Stock Exchange, as such requirements are interpreted by the Board in its business judgment. The members of the Committee will be appointed and replaced by the Board.
Committee Authority and Responsibilities
- The Committee will consider the appropriate skills and characteristics required of Board members, including background, board skill needs, diversity and business experience.
- The Committee will review whether potential Board members, including those nominated by stockholders, meet the Board’s membership criteria and recommend qualified candidates to the Board – as part of the Company’s annual meeting process and when vacancies on the Board exist.
- The Committee will have authority to retain any search firm used to identify director candidates, including sole authority to approve the search firm's fees and other retention terms.
- The Committee will approve a process related to individual director evaluations. The Chairman of the Board will, in connection with the Board performance evaluation (described below), coordinate the process and share the results with the Chairman of the Committee, or, at the Chairman of the Board’s request, the Chairman of the Committee will coordinate the process. The results of the evaluation will be taken into consideration in connection with re-nomination decisions each year.
- The Committee will review and make recommendations to the Board on the independence of Board members and candidates.
- The Committee will review and recommend to the Board corporate governance principles and guidelines for the Company. Among other things, the Committee’s review will address the size, functions and policies of the Board, as well as the structure, size, membership and functions of the various committees of the Board. The Committee will review and reassess the adequacy of the corporate governance principles and guidelines on an annual basis and recommend any proposed changes to the Board for approval.
- The Committee will approve a process for an annual self-evaluation by the directors of the Board’s performance. The Chairman of the Board or, at the Chairman of the Board’s request, the Chairman of the Committee, will coordinate the process. The results of the self-evaluation will be discussed with the full Board on an annual basis.
Public Policy Function
- At least annually, the Committee will review the Company’s policies and programs related to corporate citizenship, social responsibility and public policy issues significant to the Company, such as sustainability and environmental responsibility and philanthropic and political activities and contributions.
- The Committee will periodically meet with management to review internal and external factors and relationships affecting the Company’s and its industry’s image and reputation.
- The Committee will make regular reports to the Board.
- The Committee will annually review its own performance.