Mandate of the Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SEARS CANADA INC.
(as of August 2008)
The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the management of the business and the affairs of the Corporation and providing guidance and direction to the management of the Corporation in order to attain corporate objectives and to maximize shareholder value. Directors must, individually, in connection with the powers and duties of their office, act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the Corporation and exercise the care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances. In fulfilling its mandate, the objectives of the Board include:
(a) adopting a strategic planning process and approving a comprehensive strategic plan which takes into account the opportunities and risks of the business, and monitoring management's success in implementing the strategy;
(b) assessing and monitoring operational performance against the business plan;
(c) adopting a risk management process to identify the principal risks of all aspects of the business of the Corporation and ensuring that there are appropriate systems in place which effectively monitor and manage these risks;
(d) appointing of Officers, assessing the performance of the Chief Executive Officer and ensuring that programs are in place for training and assessing Officers and for an orderly succession process for Officers;
(e) a leadership role in the development of reviewing and approving an effective two-way communication policy for the Corporation which requires that all inquiries from shareholders, other stakeholders and the public generally receive a prompt response from the Corporate Communications Department, the Office of the Secretary or another appropriate Officer of the Corporation;
(f) developing the Corporation’s approach to corporate governance;
(g) effecting the Corporation’s expectation that directors attend all requisite board and committee meetings and review meeting materials in advance of such meetings;
(h) assessing the integrity of the Corporation's internal control and management information systems;
(i) satisfying itself, that the Chief Executive Officer and other senior management personally exhibit and create a culture of integrity throughout the Corporation; and
(j) appointing the appropriate Committees and delegating to them certain responsibilities to assist the Board of Directors in giving effect to the foregoing.