The Audit Committee (the “Committee”) of the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Schlumberger Limited (“Schlumberger”) shall consist of at least three directors. The members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Board upon the recommendation of the Nominating and Governance Committee and may be removed by the Board at its discretion. All members of the Committee shall, in the Board’s judgment, meet the applicable independence requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) and all other applicable laws and regulations and shall have sufficient financial experience and ability at the time of appointment to the Committee, or within a reasonable period of time thereafter, to discharge their responsibilities. No member of the Committee may serve on more than two other audit committees of listed company boards. At least one member of the Committee shall, in the Board’s judgment, qualify as an “audit committee financial expert” as defined by applicable regulations and summarized in Appendix A.
The Committee's Purpose
The purpose of the Committee is to assist the Board in its oversight of the accounting and financial reporting processes of Schlumberger, including the audit of Schlumberger’s financial statements and the integrity of Schlumberger’s financial statements, legal and regulatory compliance, the independent auditor’s qualifications and independence, and the performance of Schlumberger’s internal audit function and of its independent auditor.
Committee Authority and Responsibilities
The authority and responsibilities of the Committee are to:
- recommend, for stockholder approval, the independent auditor to audit the accounts of Schlumberger for the year. The Committee shall have the sole authority and responsibility to appoint, compensate, retain, and oversee the independent auditor and to preapprove all audit and permitted non-audit engagements provided by Schlumberger’s independent auditor, including the fees and terms for the integrated audit of Schlumberger’s consolidated financial statements. The Committee shall establish preapproval procedures consistent with applicable law and regulation and may delegate preapproval of permitted services to one or more of its members.
- evaluate the independence and qualification of the independent auditor, based upon discussions with the auditing firm and management, and on review of periodic reports by the independent auditor describing all circumstances or relationships between the independent auditor and Schlumberger or its management that are relevant to a determination of independence, as well as a report on the firm’s internal quality control procedures, including any material issues raised by relevant internal or peer quality-control reviews, or in any registration with, or any inquiry or investigation by, governmental or professional authorities, within the preceding five years, in one or more audits carried out by the independent auditor, and any steps taken to address such issues.
- review with the independent auditor the scope and results of its audit, and any audit problems or difficulties and management’s response (including resolution of any disagreement between management and the auditor regarding financial reporting).
- discuss Schlumberger’s annual audited financial statements and quarterly financial statements with management and the independent auditor, including Schlumberger’s disclosures under “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and the independent auditor’s reports related to the annual audited financial statements, and other matters required to be reviewed under applicable legal, regulatory, or NYSE requirements, and all matters raised by the independent auditor pursuant to applicable standards, and to determine whether to recommend to the Board that the audited financial statements be included in Schlumberger’s Annual Report on Form 10-K.
- review with management, the internal audit department, and the independent auditor the adequacy and effectiveness of Schlumberger’s disclosure and internal control procedures, including any material changes or deficiencies in such controls.
- discuss with management Schlumberger’s risk assessment and risk management policies, including Schlumberger’s major financial risk exposures and steps taken by management to monitor and mitigate such exposures.
- discuss with management Schlumberger’s earnings press releases as well as the type of financial information and earnings guidance, if any, included in such earnings press releases.
- review Schlumberger’s financial reporting and accounting standards and principles, significant changes in such standards or principles or in their application, and the key accounting decisions affecting Schlumberger’s financial statements, including alternatives to, and the rationale for, the decisions made.
- review with the internal audit department the status and results of the annual internal audit plan, assessments of the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls, and the sufficiency of the department’s resources.
- oversee procedures for the receipt, retention, and treatment of complaints regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, or auditing matters as well as for confidential, anonymous submission by employees, and others, if requested, of concerns regarding accounting, internal accounting controls, auditing and federal securities laws matters.
- review material relevant to related party transactions governed by applicable accounting standards, which shall be brought to the attention of the Committee by management or the independent auditor.
- oversee the preparation of an annual committee report for Schlumberger’s proxy statement.
- oversee management’s policies for the hiring of employees or former employees of the independent auditor.
Committee Meetings, Support, Delegation and Evaluation
- The Committee shall meet at least quarterly, keep minutes of its proceedings, and report regularly to the Board.
- The Committee may invite to its meetings any director, officer of Schlumberger, or such other person as it deems appropriate to assist it in performing its responsibilities.
- The Committee shall meet separately in executive session with representatives of Schlumberger’s independent auditor and representatives of Schlumberger’s internal audit department at least quarterly and with representatives of management periodically as the Committee deems appropriate. The Committee shall also have unlimited access, as appropriate, to Schlumberger management, its internal audit department, and other Schlumberger personnel.
- The Committee has the authority to retain independent legal, accounting, or other consultants in its sole discretion, as it deems necessary or appropriate, to carry out the Committee’s purposes, and to approve related fees and retention terms. The Committee shall also receive any funding it deems necessary or appropriate for the payment of compensation to the independent auditor and any advisors retained by the Committee, and for the payment of ordinary administrative expenses.
- The Committee may delegate specific responsibilities to one or more individual Audit Committee members to the extent permitted by law, regulation, NYSE Listing Standards, and the Articles of Incorporation of Schlumberger.
- The Committee shall conduct and present to the Board an annual performance evaluation of the Committee. The Committee shall review annually the adequacy of this charter and recommend any changes that it deems appropriate to the Board for approval.
Approved by the Board of Directors: October 17, 2019
AUDIT COMMITTEE FINANCIAL EXPERT
An “audit committee financial expert” means a member of the Committee who has all of the following attributes:
- an understanding of GAAP and financial statements
- the ability to assess the general application of such principles in connection with the accounting for estimates, accruals and reserves
- experience preparing, auditing, analyzing, or evaluating financial statements that present a breadth and level of complexity of accounting issues that are generally comparable to the breadth and complexity of issues that can reasonably be expected to be raised by Schlumberger’s financial statements, or experience actively supervising one or more persons engaged in such activities
- an understanding of internal controls and procedures for financial reporting
- an understanding of audit committee functions.
The required attributes described above must have been acquired through one or more of the following:
- education and experience as a principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller, public accountant, or auditor or experience in one or more positions that involve the performance of similar functions
- experience actively supervising a principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, controller, public accountant, auditor, or person performing similar functions
- experience overseeing or assessing the performance of companies or public accountants with respect to the preparation, auditing, or evaluation of financial statements
- other relevant experience.