Form 8-K












Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) May 17, 2018




(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Delaware   1-15525   36-4316614

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



file number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)


One Edwards Way, Irvine, California   92614
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(949) 250-2500

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code


(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)



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Item 5.05. Amendment to the Registrant’s Code of Ethics, or Waiver of a Provision of the Code of Ethics

On May 17, 2018, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Edwards Lifesciences Corporation (the “Company”) adopted an amended and restated code of ethics (referred to as the “Global Business Practice Standards” or the “Titanium Book”) to replace and supercede the Company’s existing Titanium Book.

The Titanium Book was updated to improve language, appearance and style, and included the following changes:


    Under the “Our Community” section:


    we added detail for a Sustainability sub-section and related principle—We are committed to acting as responsible corporate citizens and advancing the trust of our stakeholders, partners and communities. We hold ourselves accountable for our environmental, social and governance performance.


    we renamed the “Supporting the Community” sub-section to “Strengthening the Community” and modified the sub-section to accurately reference the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation and related initiatives for grants to charitable organizations.


    we added information on the topic of personal political contributions.


    Under the “Our Company and Shareholders” section:


    we added detail for an Information Security sub-section and related principle – Each of us must protect information in all forms from unauthorized access, use, disruption, modification or destruction, regardless of whether the information is stored electronically or physically.


    we expanded the “Conflicts of Interests” sub-section to include guidance on relationships that impact decision making and questions and answers on accepting gifts and other items of value from vendors/service providers.


    Under the “Marketplace” section:


    we added detail for the following sub-sections and related principles:


    Fraud – We watch for red flags and do what we can to prevent and avoid fraud.


    Bidding, Tenders and Procurement—We follow all of our procurement policies and procedures and stay aware of any situations that might give rise to fraud.


    Interactions with Patients, Caregivers and Patient Organizations—We treat patients, their caregivers and patient organizations with respect, empathy and transparency in compliance with all laws, regulations and applicable industry standards.


    we also expanded:


    the “Business Information” sub-section to include questions and answers on some limitations around obtaining confidential/proprietary information; and


    the “Trade Compliance” sub-section to include guidance related to hand-carried goods.


    Under the “Our Employees” section, we expanded and/or modified the “Fair Employment”, “Harassment”, and “Drugs and Alcohol” sub-sections to better align the information and requirements with our recently completed and distributed Employee Handbook.

The Titanium Book was also amended to remove language that the Company considered to be dated or duplicative and unnecessary.

The amendment took effect upon adoption by the Board and did not result in any waiver, explicit or implicit, of any provision of the Company’s previous Titanium Book.

The foregoing description of the amendments to the Titanium Book is not intended to be exhaustive and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Titanium Book, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 14 hereto and which is incorporated by reference into this Item 5.05.

The updated Titanium Book will be made available on the Company’s website at on the “Corporate Governance/Corporate Responsibility/Global Integrity Program” page under the “Investors” section as soon as practicable.

Item 5.07. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

On May 17, 2018, Edwards held its 2018 Annual Meeting of Stockholders. The final results of voting for each matter submitted to a vote of stockholders at the meeting are as follows:


(i) Proposal 1: All the nominees for director listed in Proposal 1 were elected to serve one-year terms ending in 2019 as set forth below:



   For      Against      Abstain      Broker Non-Votes  

Michael A. Mussallem

     162,351,952        5,926,619        261,453        16,526,519  

Kieran T. Gallahue

     166,920,086        1,481,078        138,860        16,526,519  

Leslie S. Heisz

     166,334,140        2,065,703        140,181        16,526,519  

William J. Link, Ph.D.

     162,991,711        5,396,687        151,626        16,526,519  

Steven R. Loranger

     164,732,131        3,663,024        144,869        16,526,519  

Martha H. Marsh

     165,208,831        3,191,675        139,518        16,526,519  

Wesley W. von Schack

     167,021,162        1,397,397        121,465        16,526,519  

Nicholas J. Valeriani

     164,961,275        3,430,114        148,635        16,526,519  


(ii) Proposal 2: The non-binding advisory proposal regarding compensation of Edwards’ named executive officers was approved as set forth below:



   Against      Abstain      Broker Non-Votes  


     9,095,994        530,761        16,526,519  


(iii) Proposal 3: Ratification of the selection of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as Edwards’ independent public accountants for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018 was approved as set forth below:



   Against      Abstain      Broker Non-Votes  


     4,279,546        128,123         


(iv) Proposal 4: The non-binding advisory stockholder proposal regarding action by written consent was not approved as set forth below:



   Against      Abstain      Broker Non-Votes  


     127,821,509        916,136        16,526,519  

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

The exhibits listed in the following Exhibit Index are filed as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K.


Exhibit No.



14    Edwards Lifesciences Corporation Global Business Practice Standards (also known as the Titanium Book)


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date: May 21, 2018



/s/ Linda J. Park

  Linda J. Park
  Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Secretary