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Horace Mann and its Board of Directors are committed to sound corporate governance practices. It is with this commitment that we continually review our policies and procedures with the Board, management and employees. Employees are provided a compliance hotline and encouraged, in confidence, to report any concerns regarding compliance with the Company’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.
Horace Mann believes that good corporate governance, driven by our commitment to strong principles and the highest ethical standards, is vital to achieving business success benefiting our clients and employees and providing sustained value to our shareholders.
We strongly encourage you to review these pages regularly and to familiarize yourself with the management, governance and policies that guide and direct the way in which business is conducted at Horace Mann Educators Corporation.
The Company has established various processes to facilitate communications with the presiding director of Board executive sessions, non-management directors as a group and the Audit Committee. The Company has also established a method for shareholders to propose candidates for election to the Board of Directors.
Communication with the Audit Committee
Our Audit Committee and our Board of Directors have established procedures, pursuant to securities regulations, for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints and concerns. Mechanisms have been established to report issues relating to Horace Mann’s accounting, accounting controls, financial reporting and/or auditing practices. Communications to the Audit Committee Chairman may be submitted via regular mail addressed to the Audit Committee c/o the General Counsel at the Company Address shown below.
Additionally, concerns may be e-mailed to the Audit Committee c/o the General Counsel at email@example.com. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously or otherwise, via telephone to our Hot Line toll-free telephone number 1-888-518-9894.
Where possible, the General Counsel will acknowledge receipt of the communication. In all instances, the General Counsel will review and as appropriate, deliver the concern to the Audit Committee Chairman for further direction. All concerns, complaints and communications will be processed promptly.
Employees and others are encouraged to voice concerns via any of the avenues above without fear of reprisal and with confidence that anonymity, if requested, will be respected throughout completion of any subsequent investigation
Communication with Non-Management Directors or the Presiding Director of Board Executive Sessions
Mechanisms have also been established to facilitate communications with the Company’s non-management directors and the Chairman of the Board who is the presiding director of the Board’s executive sessions. Communications to non-management directors as a group or to the presiding director individually may be submitted via regular mail addressed to the Board of Directors c/o the General Counsel at the Company Address shown below. Additionally, communications may be e-mailed to the Board of Directors c/o the General Counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Communication for Shareholders to Propose Candidates for Directors
Any shareholder desiring to propose a candidate for election to the Board of Directors may submit such proposal via regular mail addressed to the Corporate Secretary at the Company Address shown below.
The Nominating & Governance Committee will consider possible nominees to the Board that have the highest standards of personal character, conduct and integrity; an understanding of the interests of the shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, communities and the general public, and the intention and ability to act in the interest of all shareholders; a position of leadership and substantial accomplishment in his or her field of endeavor which may include business, government or academia and diversity, age, skills, and experience in the context of the needs of the Board will also be a consideration; the ability to understand and exercise sound judgment on issues related to the goals of HMEC; a willingness and ability to devote the time and effort required to serve effectively on the Board, including preparation for and attendance at Board and committee meetings; and free of interests or affiliations that could rise to a biased approach to directorship responsibilities and /or a conflict of interest, and free of any significant business relationship with HMEC except for the employment relationship of an inside director.
Horace Mann Educators Corporation, #1 Horace Mann Plaza
Springfield, IL 62715-0001