Honasa Consumer Strengthens Corporate Governance with 50 pc Independent Board Members
Honasa Consumer Strengthens Corporate Governance with 50 pc Independent Board Members

Honasa Consumer Ltd. (HCL), the parent company of brands such as Mamaearth, The Derma Co., Aqualogica, and Ayuga, has shared that its board now comprises 50 percent independent board members. The appointment of independent directors on the board is extremely significant to ensure that the board considers the interests of shareholders foremost. It is likely to support independent decision-making and moderate conflicting views and opinions by board members in favor of the shareholders. 

The board of Honasa Consumer Limited comprises six members, namely, Ghazal Alagh, Varun Alagh, Ishaan Mittal, Vivek Gambhir, Namita Gupta, and Subramaniam Somasundaram. Of these, Ghazal and Varun Alagh are co-founders of the Company, and Ishaan Mittal is a nominee of Sequoia Capital on the board of HCL. Whereas, Vivek Gambhir, Namita Gupta, and Subramaniam Somasundaram are independent board members who have decades of experience in FMCG, and the e-commerce marketplace, hence the understanding, evaluation, and mentoring imparted by the board on HCL’s plans, and performance are extremely pivotal in charting the way forward for the organization. 

These independent board members will be part of the statutory committee, audit committee, nomination, and remuneration committee, stakeholder committee and other committees wherein the independent directors may constitute more than 65 percent to ensure compliance with all parameters of corporate governance measures like transparency, control measures, etc. 

Varun Alagh, Co-Founder and CEO, Honasa Consumer Ltd. said, “An independent board is critical for any organization for unbiased decision-making. In the past, we have been fortunate to have such experienced individuals on the board of Honasa Consumer Limited. Our board members have helped keep checks and balances in place to ensure we take calculated risks and mitigate tough situations.

Ramanpreet Sohi, CFO, Honasa Consumer Ltd. stated, “In order to maintain governance checks and balances and ensure transparency and control measures, companies appoint independent board members. Over the last 5 years, Honasa Consumer has witnessed fast-paced growth. While the statutory requirement is 33 percent of independent board members, we have opted to keep 50 percent of our board as independent board members, to ensure readiness for the future. They have been instrumental in ensuring strict checkpoints through our working over the years.

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