The Group's internal audit is handled by its Internal Audit unit, which reports to the President & CEO. The purpose of the Internal Audit is to analyse the company's operations and processes, as well as the effectiveness and quality of its supervision mechanisms. The internal auditor also participates, if necessary, in audits undertaken in conjunction with acquisitions and carries out special tasks when needed.
The Internal Audit function covers all of the company's organisational levels and subsidiaries. An internal audit is undertaken in the main subsidiaries on an annual basis, and in network companies at three-year intervals. The Internal Audit function prepares an annual plan under which they independently audit different parts of the company, but it is also empowered to carry out special audits. The annual plan is approved by the Audit Committee, to which the Internal Audit function also reports at regular intervals. If required, the auditors also have the possibility to take direct contact with the Audit Committee or members of the Board of Directors.
The company has one auditor, which shall be an audit firm. The auditor is elected by the Annual General Meeting to audit the accounts for the ongoing financial year, and its duties cease at the close of the subsequent Annual General Meeting. The auditor is responsible for auditing the consolidated and parent company financial statements and accounting records, and the administration of the parent company.
Following the closing of the annual accounts, the external auditor submits the statutory auditor's report to the company's shareholders and reports regularly also its findings to the Board of Directors' Audit Committee. An auditor, in addition to fulfilling general competency requirements, must also comply with certain legal independence requirements guaranteeing the execution of an independent and reliable audit.
Auditor in 2016
The 2016 Annual General Meeting elected the audit firm KPMG Oy Ab as the Company's auditor, with Authorized Public Accountant Virpi Halonen as the Auditor with principal responsibility. She is currently the partner at KPMG Oy Ab and the responsible auditor for several Finnish listed companies, including Fiskars, Sanoma, Outokumpu, PKC Group, Digia and Destia.
In 2016, auditing fees paid to all the auditors of the Group companies amounted to EUR 3.3 million. Consultancy fees unrelated to auditing duties paid to the auditors totalled EUR 1.3 million. These latter fees mainly concerned consultation on taxation matters.