Statement of the Board of Management
The Board of Management’s statement on the financial statements, the management report and internal controls.
We have prepared the Report 2019, and the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), as adopted by the EU and additional Dutch disclosure requirements for annual reports.
To the best of our knowledge:
- The financial statements in this Report 2019 give a true and fair view of our assets and liabilities; our financial position at December 31, 2019; and the result of our consolidated operations for the financial year 2019
- The management report in this Report 2019 includes a fair review of the development and performance of our businesses and the position of AkzoNobel, as well as the undertakings included in the consolidation taken as a whole, and describes our principal risks and uncertainties
The Board of Management is responsible for the establishment and adequate functioning of a system of governance, risk management and internal controls in our company. Consequently, the Board of Management has implemented a broad range of processes and procedures designed to provide control by the Board of Management over the company’s operations.
These processes and procedures include measures regarding the general control environment, such as a Code of Conduct – including business principles and a corporate complaints procedure (SpeakUp!) – corporate directives and authority schedules, as well as specific measures, such as a risk management system, a system of controls and a system of letters of financial representation by responsible management at various levels within our company.
All these processes and procedures are aimed at providing a reasonable level of assurance that we have identified and managed the significant risks of our company, and that we meet our operational and financial objectives in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The individual components of the above set of internal controls are based on the COSO Enterprise Risk Management 2017 Framework.
With respect to supporting and monitoring of compliance with laws and regulations – including our Code of Conduct – a Compliance Committee has been established. The Compliance function makes rules available through the Directives Portal, manages the online and face-to-face compliance training program, provides legal expert support and manages the investigation of the SpeakUp! process.
The Internal Control function maintains AkzoNobel’s Internal Control Framework, monitors the compliance and includes updates regarding the emergence of new risks. They support the annual review of the effectiveness of the system of governance, risk management and internal controls of the Board of Management. Internal Audit provides comfort to the Board of Management, as well as the Supervisory Board, that our system of risk management and internal controls – as designed and represented by management – are adequate and effective.
While we routinely work towards continuous improvement of our processes and procedures regarding financial reporting, the Board of Management is of the opinion that:
- The report provides insights into failings of the internal risk management and control systems in as far as such failings occur and are considered to have a material impact on the financial statements
- These systems provide reasonable assurance that the financial reporting does not contain material inaccuracies
- Based on the current state of affairs, it is justified that the financial reporting is prepared on a going concern basis
- The report states those material risks and uncertainties that are relevant to the expectation of the company’s continuity for the period of 12 months after report preparation
For a detailed description of the risk management system and the principal risks identified, reference is made to the Risk management and Integrity and compliance management chapters in the Governance and compliance section.
We have discussed the above opinion and conclusions with the Audit committee, the Supervisory Board and the external auditor.
Amsterdam, February 11, 2020
The Board of Management
Our Code of Conduct defines our core principles and how we work. It incorporates fundamental principles on issues such as business integrity, labor relations, human rights, health, safety, environment and security and community involvement.