Corporate Governance Statement,
Reporting Period Jan. 1–Dec. 31, 2016

General description of Internal Control and Operational Procedures

Internal control is a process applied by the Board of Directors, management and all levels of personnel in the Company to ensure that management has reasonable assurance that:

  1. operations are effective, efficient and aligned with strategy;
  2. financial reporting and management information is reliable, complete and timely made; and
  3. the Company is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations, as well as the Company´s internal policies and ethical values including sustainability.

The first category addresses the basic business objectives, including performance and profitability goals, strategy, implementation of objectives and actions and safeguarding resources. The second category relates to the preparation of reliable published financial statements, including interim reports (from Jan. 1, 2017 onwards half year financial reports) and condensed financial statements and selected financial data derived from such statements, such as earnings releases, reported publicly. The third deals with complying with those laws and regulations to which the Company is subject to.