Integrity and Accountability in Governance

We're committed to integrity and accountability in all aspects of our business, and our governance structure and business policies support that commitment.

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Governance Highlights


Director Independence

  • Of the 12-member Board of Directors of NextEra Energy, 11 directors are independent. The CEO is the only management director.
  • All members of Board committees (other than the Executive Committee) are independent.

Board Leadership

  • The Board has an independent lead director.
  • The lead director has a clearly defined role and significant governance duties, including chairing regularly-scheduled executive sessions of independent directors.

Board Accountability

  • All directors stand for election annually. 
  • In uncontested elections, directors must be elected by a majority of votes cast.
  • The company has no supermajority vote requirements in its articles of incorporation.
  • Shareholders holding 20 percent of the outstanding shares may call a special meeting.
  • The company does not have a shareholder rights (also known as a "poison pill") plan.

Board Evaluation and Effectiveness

  • NextEra Energy's Board committees and Board engage in annual self-assessments.
  • The independent directors annually evaluate the Chairman and CEO.


Board Refreshment & Diversity

  • The Board has a balance of new and experienced directors, with tenure of current directors averaging nine years.
  • The Board added five new directors in the last six years and has a specified retirement age for directors.
  • Five of the twelve directors are women or ethnically diverse and the average age of directors is 64.

Director Engagement

  • Each director attended the annual meeting of shareholders in 2017.
  • Non-employee directors may not serve on more than four public company boards.

Clawback and Anti-Hedging Policies

  • The company has a recoupment or clawback policy to recover certain executive pay.
  • The company has a policy prohibiting short sales, hedging and margin accounts.

Share Ownership

  • The CEO is required to hold shares equivalent to seven times base salary. All senior executives are required to hold shares equivalent to three times base salary.
  • Non-employee directors are required to hold shares equivalent to seven times the cash portion of their annual retainer.

Proxy Access

  • A shareholder, or group of up to 20 shareholders, owning three percent of the Company's outstanding shares for the last three years may nominate candidates for the greater of two directorships or up to 20 percent of the current board membership.


The Board's Role in Risk Oversight

The NextEra Energy Board of Directors discharges its risk oversight responsibilities primarily through its committees, each of which reports its activities to the Board. The Board committees meet periodically with the company's senior management team to review the company's risk management practices and key findings.

Further, NextEra Energy's chief executive officer serves as the company's chief risk officer. In that capacity, the chief executive officer, together with other members of the company's senior management team, oversees the execution and monitoring of the company's risk management policies and procedures. NextEra Energy's management maintains a number of risk oversight committees that assess operational and financial risks throughout the company. NextEra Energy also has a Corporate Risk Management Committee, composed of senior executives, that assesses the company's strategic risks and the strategies employed to mitigate those risks.


Our Corporate Values and Code of Conduct 

Underscoring all of our business practices at NextEra Energy are three simple core values:

  • We are committed to excellence: By establishing high standards of quality, driving continuous improvement, making fact-based decisions, working safely, and holding ourselves accountable, we cultivate the expertise and passion to deliver the best for our shareholders, customers, employees and other stakeholders.
  • We do the right thing: By acting with integrity and humility in everything we do, living up to our commitments, and being forthright and honest in our communications, we create an environment of openness and trust.
  • We treat people with respect: By leading respectfully, promoting teamwork, building a diverse and inclusive team, and investing in development, we strengthen and engage our greatest asset: our people.

Integrity and ethical behavior are at the very foundation of who we are, what we do and how we do it. We expect all representatives of our company and our subsidiaries to act with the highest standards of personal and professional integrity, and to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and company policies. This is the reason we have three principal codes of conduct that embody these values and help ensure our values are upheld.

  • Any employee and the officers and directors of NextEra Energy and its subsidiaries are expected to adhere to our Code of Business Conduct & Ethics. Each year, all nonbargaining employees are required to review the Code and certify compliance with it via an annual Code of Conduct required training session.
  • Senior executives and financial officers also have to comply with our Code of Ethics for Senior Executive and Financial Officers.
  • Suppliers must comply with our Supplier Code of Conduct and Ethics.

These three codes are a manifestation of our corporate values and apply to everyone who works for us either, directly or indirectly, or represents us.