The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities by reviewing the financial information which will be provided to the stockholders and others, reviewing the systems of internal controls that management and the Board of Directors have established, selecting and reviewing the performance of independent auditors, and overseeing the Company's accounting and financial reporting processes and the audits of the Company's financial statements.
2003 Audit Charter: WDFC
The Audit Committee will fulfill these responsibilities by carrying out the activities enumerated herein. The Committee shall be given full and direct access to the Company's Disclosure Committee, the Chairman of the Board, Company executives and the Company's independent auditors as necessary to carry out these responsibilities. However, the Committee's function is one of oversight only and shall not relieve the Company's management of its responsibilities for preparing financial statements which accurately and fairly present the Company's financial results and condition, or the responsibilities of the independent auditors relative to the audit or review of financial statements.
The independent auditors' ultimate responsibility is to the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee, as representatives of the stockholders. These representatives have the ultimate authority to select, evaluate, and, where appropriate, replace the independent auditors.
COMPOSITION OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
The Audit Committee shall be comprised of not less than three directors, each of whom will be independent as required by Section 10A(m) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), any rules and regulations promulgated thereunder by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and the rules of the Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc. ("Nasdaq"). Each appointed Committee member shall be subject to annual reconfirmation and may be removed by the Board at any time.
All members of the Committee shall be able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including a balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement. At least one member of the Committee shall have past employment experience in finance or accounting, requisite professional certification in accounting, or any other comparable experience or background which results in the individual's financial sophistication, including being or having been a chief executive officer, chief financial officer or other senior officer with financial oversight responsibilities.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
To fulfill its responsibilities and duties, the Audit Committee shall:
1. Review annually the Audit Committee Charter for adequacy and recommend any changes to the Board.
2. Review the significant accounting principles, policies and practices followed by the Company in accounting for and reporting its financial results of operations in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").
3. Review the financial, investment and risk management policies followed by the Company in operating its business activities.
4. Review the Company's annual audited financial statements, related disclosures, including the Managements Discussion and Analysis portion of the Company's filings, and discuss with the independent auditors the matters required to be discussed by Auditing Standard No. 61, including (a) the quality as well as acceptability of the accounting principles applied in the financial statements, and (b) new or changed accounting policies; significant estimates, judgments, uncertainties or unusual transactions; and accounting policies relating to significant financial statement items.
5. Review any management letters or internal control reports prepared by the independent auditors or the Company's internal accountants and responses to prior management letters, and review with the independent auditors the Company's internal financial controls, including the budget, staffing and responsibilities of the Company's Disclosure Committee.
6. Review the effectiveness of the independent audit effort, including approval of the scope of, and fees charged in connection with, the annual audit, quarterly reviews and any non-audit services being provided.
7. Be directly responsible for the appointment of, determination of the compensation for, retention of and oversight of the work of the independent auditors employed to conduct the audit (including resolution of disagreements between the independent auditors and management regarding financial reporting) or other audit, review or attest services. The independent auditors shall report directly to the Audit Committee.
8. Pre-approve all audit services and permissible non-audit services by the independent auditors, as set forth in Section 10A of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder by the SEC. The Committee may establish pre-approval policies and procedures, as permitted by Section 10A of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder by the SEC, for the engagement of independent auditors to render services to the Company, including but not limited to policies that would allow the delegation of pre-approval authority to one or more members of the Committee, provided that any pre-approvals delegated to one or more members of the Committee are reported to the Committee at its next scheduled meeting.
9. Review the hiring policies for any employees or former employees of the independent auditors by the Company.
10. Obtain on an annual basis a formal written statement from the independent auditors delineating all relationships between the auditors and the Company consistent with Independence Standards Board Standard No. 1, and review and discuss with the auditors all significant relationships the auditors have with the Company which may affect the auditors' independence. The Audit Committee is responsible for ensuring the independence of the independent auditors.
12. Review management's analysis of any significant accounting issues, changes, estimates, judgments or unusual items relating to the financial statements and the selection, application and effects of critical accounting policies applied by the Company (including an analysis of the effect of alternative GAAP methods) and review with the independent auditors the reports on such subjects delivered pursuant to Section 10A(k) of the Exchange Act and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder by the SEC.
13. Following completion of the annual audit, review separately with the independent auditors, the Disclosure Committee and management any significant difficulties encountered during the course of the audit.
14. Engage and determine funding for such independent professional advisers and counsel as the Committee determines are appropriate to carry out its functions hereunder. The Company shall provide appropriate funding to the Committee, as determined by the Committee, for payment of (1) compensation to the independent auditors for services approved by the Committee, (2) compensation to any outside advisers retained by the Committee, and (3) ordinary administrative expenses of the Committee that are necessary or appropriate in carrying out its duties.
15. Report to the Board on a regular basis on the major events covered by the Audit Committee and make recommendations to the Board and management concerning these matters.
16. Perform any other activities consistent with this Charter, the Company's Bylaws and governing law as the Committee or the Board deems necessary or appropriate, including but not limited to the Company's legal and regulatory compliance.
17. Approve all related party transactions, as defined by applicable Nasdaq Rules, to which the Company is a party.
18. Establish procedures for:
The Committee will meet on a regular basis at least 4 times each year, and will hold special meetings as circumstances require. The timing of the meetings to be scheduled for an upcoming fiscal year shall be determined by the Audit Committee prior to the beginning of such fiscal year. A calendar of proposed meetings will be reviewed by the Audit Committee at the same time as the annual Audit Committee Charter review. The calendar shall include appropriate meetings to be held separately with representatives of the independent auditors, management and the Disclosure Committee, including a meeting to conduct the reviews required under paragraph 13 above. In addition, the Committee will meet at any time that the independent auditors believe communication to the Committee is required.