2003 Audit Charter: HGGR
Amended and Restated Audit Committee Charter
The Board of Directors of Haggar Corp. (the "Company") has established the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board").
The purposes of the Audit Committee are to serve as an independent and objective party:
To oversee the quality and integrity of the financial statements and other financial information the Company provides to any governmental body or the public;
To oversee the independent auditors' qualifications and independence;
To oversee the performance of the Company's independent auditors;
To oversee the Company's systems of internal controls regarding finance, accounting, legal compliance and ethics that management and the Board have established;
To establish procedures for the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints regarding accounting, internal controls, and other auditing matters and for the confidential, anonymous submission by Company employees of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters;
To provide an open avenue of communication among the independent auditors, financial and senior management, and the Board, always emphasizing that the independent auditors are accountable to the Audit Committee; and
To perform such other duties as are directed by the Board.
The Audit Committee shall prepare annually a report meeting the requirements of any applicable regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") to be included in the Company's proxy statement relating to its annual meeting of stockholders.
The Audit Committee shall be comprised of three or more directors, as determined by the Board or a nominating committee of the Board, none of whom shall be an affiliate of the Company or an employee or a person who receives any compensation from the Company other than fees paid for service as a director.
The members of the Audit Committee shall be elected by the Board or a nominating committee of the Board annually and shall serve until their successors shall be duly elected and qualified. Unless the Board otherwise determines in accordance with the listing standards of the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. ("Nasdaq") and applicable rules and regulations of the SEC, each member shall be "independent" as defined from time to time by the listing standards of Nasdaq and by applicable rules and regulations of the SEC. If the Company's securities are listed on any other exchange, the Audit Committee shall meet the independence and experience requirements of such exchange. Accordingly, the Board shall determine annually whether each member is free from any relationship that may interfere with his or her independence from management and the Company. No member shall serve on an audit committee of more than two public companies unless the Board determines that such simultaneous service would not impair the ability of such director to effectively serve on the Audit Committee.
An audit committee financial expert shall not be deemed an "expert" for any purpose, including for purposes of Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933. The designation of an Audit Committee member as an audit committee financial expert does not impose any duties, obligations or liability on the audit committee financial expert that are greater than those imposed on other Audit Committee members, nor does it affect the duties, obligations or liability of any other Audit Committee member.
Notwithstanding the foregoing membership requirements, no action of the Audit Committee shall be invalid by reason of any such requirement not being met at the time such action is taken.
Meetings and Structure
The Audit Committee shall meet as many times per year as the members deem necessary, but in any event at least four times per year. The Audit Committee should meet at least annually with management and the independent auditors in separate executive sessions to discuss any matters that the Audit Committee or each of these groups believe should be discussed privately.
The Board shall appoint one member of the Audit Committee as chairperson. He or she shall be responsible for leadership of the Audit Committee and reporting to the Board.
Accountability of the Independent Auditors
The independent auditors are accountable to and report directly to the Audit Committee. The Audit Committee shall have the sole authority and responsibility with respect to the selection, engagement, compensation, oversight, evaluation and, where appropriate, dismissal of the Company's independent auditors. The Audit Committee shall annually select and engage the Company's independent auditors retained to audit the financial statements of the Company. The Audit Committee, or a member thereof, must pre-approve any service, whether an audit or a non-audit service, provided to the Company by the Company's independent auditors, including the plan and scope of any such service and related fees.
The Company shall provide for appropriate funding, as determined by the Audit Committee, for payment of compensation to the independent auditors employed by the Company for the purpose of rendering or issuing an audit report or related work or performing other audit, review or attest services for the Company.
Committee Authority and Responsibilities
The Audit Committee shall have the authority to take all actions it deems advisable to fulfill its responsibilities and duties.
The Audit Committee has the authority to retain, at the Company's expense, professional advisors, including without limitation special legal counsel, accounting experts, or other consultants, to advise the Audit Committee, which may be the same as or different from the Company's primary legal counsel, accounting experts and other consultants, as the Audit Committee deems necessary or advisable in connection with the exercise of its powers and responsibilities as set forth in this Audit Committee Charter, all on such terms as the Audit Committee deems necessary or advisable.
In connection with the purposes, powers and responsibilities set forth above, the Audit Committee shall also:
consideration of the quality of the Company's accounting principles and as applied in its financial reporting, including review of estimates, reserves and accruals, review of judgmental areas, review of audit adjustments whether or not recorded, and such other inquiries as may be appropriate. These discussions shall also include the review of reports from the independent auditors that include (i) all critical accounting policies and practices used; (ii) all alternative treatments of financial information within generally accepted accounting principles that have been discussed with management, their ramifications and the preferences of the independent auditors; and (iii) other material written communications between the independent auditors and management. Based on the foregoing review, make its recommendation to the Board as to the inclusion of the Company's audited financial statements in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K.
At least annually, the Audit Committee shall review and reassess the adequacy of this Charter. The Audit Committee shall report the results of the review to the Board and, if necessary, make recommendations to the Board to amend this Charter.
The Audit Committee has the responsibilities and powers set forth in this Charter and management and the independent auditors for the Company are accountable to the Audit Committee. Management, not the Audit Committee, is responsible for the preparation in accordance with GAAP, and the completeness and accuracy, of the Company's financial statements. The independent auditors, not the Audit Committee, are responsible for the planning and conduct of audits of the Company's financial statements and reviews of the Company's quarterly financial statements prior to the filing of each quarterly report on Form 10-Q.