40 CORPORATE GOVERNANCE Dirk Wasmund, Herzberg "After the privatisation it was to be expected that the hospital in Herzberg would be expanded and modernised. " CORPORATE GOVERNANCE CODE RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG accords high priority to good corporate governance, and as part of a transparent and ethically sound corporate culture sees it as an important prerequisite for strengthening the trust that shareholders, business partners, patients and employees place in us and for securing and enhanc- ing the value of our Company on a sustained basis. For this reason an efficient and responsible corpo- rate governance oriented on the long term is of cen- tral importance for our activities. Apart from one dis- closed exception, we satisfy the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code and volun- tarily observe most of its suggestions. In financial year 2009, the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG thor- oughly examined the German Corporate Governance Code, its development and amendments as well as compliance with the Code at RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG and its subsidiaries. As a result of these delibera- tions, a jointly issued and updated Declaration of Compliance pursuant to section 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (AktG) was submitted by the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG on 28 October 2009 in accord- ance with Item 3.10 of the German Corporate Gover- nance Code in its version of 18 June 2009 and the following Report prepared for financial year 2009: The corporate code of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG summed up in our leading principle "Don't do to others what you would not like done to yourself, and don't leave off doing anything that you would like done to your- self" serves as the guideline of the Board of Manage- ment and all employees in their dealings with patients and shareholders and makes a decisive con- tribution towards supporting corporate governance in our field of business as a publicly listed hospital operator. CORPORATE GOVERNANCE REPORT Corporate Governance Report ­ joint report on corporate governance by the Board of Management and Supervisory Board of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 161 OF THE GERMAN STOCK CORPORA- TION ACT (AKTIENGESETZ, "AKTG") (as issued on 28 October 2009) "The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of RHÖN-KLINIKUM AG declare that the recommendations issued by the `Government Commission of the German Corporate Gover- nance Code' as amended on 6 June 2008 and published by the Federal Ministry of Justice in the official section of the electronic Federal Ga- zette (eBundesanzeiger) have been implemented since issuance of the last Declaration of Compli- ance ­ as declared on 30 October 2008 ­ with the following exception:
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