The Corporate Governance sections in the Annual Report and on the web reflect the set of guidelines, policies and rules determining how the company is directed and controlled, how rights and responsibilities are distributed among participants in the company and how decisions on corporate affairs are made.
The Group is organized into three different geographic Regions: Region EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Region Americas and Region Asia Pacific. The globally managed Global Cocoa organization is reported as a separate segment, like a Region. The amounts reported under the respective Regions show all chocolate sales, while the amounts reported under Global Cocoa show all sales of cocoa products to third-party customers globally, i.e. in all geographic regions.
The Group’s business can also be separated into three different product groups: Food Manufacturers,Gourmet & Specialties and Cocoa Products.
Barry Callebaut is incorporated under Swiss law and has its head offices at Hardturmstrasse 181, Zurich, Switzerland. The Company’s shares are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange in Switzerland (ISIN number: CH0009002962). As at August 31, 2021, the total number of issued shares in the Company was 5,488,858 and the market capitalization based on issued shares was CHF 12,811 million (August 31, 2020: CHF 10,978 million). The principal subsidiaries of the Company are listed in Note 5.3 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
The significant shareholders of the Company are listed in Note 5.4 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, with Jacobs Holding AG as the reference shareholder holding 30.1% of the issued share capital (August 31, 2020: 40.1%).
The Company is not aware of any cross-shareholding agreements exceeding 5% of its capital or voting rights on both sides.