Risk Management

Systems of internal control

The Board of Directors is responsible that the internal control and risk management are adequately and effectively arranged. In addition, it is the responsibility of the Board to ensure that the internal control of the accounting and financial management is arranged in an appropriate manner. The Audit Committee is responsible for the control of the financial reporting process. The financial management shall inform its findings to the relevant members of the management.

The group has financial reporting systems for the control of the business, financial management and risks. The Board of Directors of the company has approved the management organization and principles, decision-making authorities and approval procedures, operational policies of the organizational sectors, financial planning and reporting as well as remuneration principles.

The group does not have a separate internal audit function but the internal audit is part of the group financial administration. Local auditors shall audit the procedures of internal control in accordance with the audit plan. The representatives of the financial administration shall perform certain controls when they visit the subsidiaries. The financial management shall report the findings to the President and CEO and the Audit Committee, which in turn report to the Board.

The group financial management together with the other management prepares monthly the  financial report. The report contains a summary of  the net sales, gross profit, costs level, results, net working capital, cash flow and personnel development for the previous month, year-to-year period and for the forecasted latter part of the year. Furthermore, the report includes the main risks and possibilities. The report is delivered to the Board of Directors, Executive Management Team and to the financial management of the largest subsidiaries as well as to the auditors when it concerns interim reports. In addition to the monthly reporting the management follows more actively certain actual items in their weekly meeting.

The group financial management oversees the centralized interpretation and application of the accounting standards (IFRS). The group’s financing and hedging against currency risks are centralized in the head office in Finland. The Audit Committee of the Board evaluates the financial statements and interim statements as well as separately certain special subjects.  The Audit Committee reports its findings to the Board, which monitors that the necessary measures are taken.

The principal auditor of Efore Plc is responsible for the audit and the directions and coordination of the audit in the group. The principal auditor prepares annually an audit plan, which contains focus areas and which the Audit Committee approves. The audit report of the group financial statements and the Board report required by law is issued by the auditor to the company’s shareholders. Furthermore, the auditor reports its findings to the Audit Committee.

Risk management

The aim of the risk management system of Efore is to recognize the strategic, operational and financing risks of the group as well as any conventional risk of loss. The risks that the group takes in its operations are risks that are encountered in pursuit of the strategy and goals. Risk management seeks to control these risks in a proactive and comprehensive manner. The measures taken can include risk avoidance, risk reduction or risk transfer by insurance or agreement.

Risk management forms part of the group’s business pro­cesses in all operational units. In this way the risk manage­ment process is tied to internal controls. The group and its operational units assess the risks of their operations, prepare risk management plans and report risks in accordance with the organizational structure. The Audit Committee and Board of Directors address risks in connection with the addressing of other business operations. Risk management is taken into consideration in the group’s quality systems, which include also survival plans. There is a more detailed statement of the group’s different risks and their management which can be found in the Investor Relations section of the Internet pages of the company.

The purpose of Efore’s risk management system is to identify the strategic, operational and financial risks faced by the company and any conventional risks of loss. The risks that Efore takes in its operations are risks that are encountered in pursuit of the company’s strategy and goals. Risk management seeks to control these risks in a proactive and comprehensive manner. The measures taken can include risk avoidance, risk reduction, and risk transfer by insurance or agreement.