The Audit Committee reviews the company’s quarterly financial results and interim reports and recommends their approval to the Board. The committee’s results review includes a review of potential significant and unusual transactions, accounting estimates and policies for the period in question. The committee also reviews quarterly reports on assurance and legal matters including status reports on internal control, internal audit, litigations, and other legal proceedings. Other quarterly reports include treasury risk and limits reports and energy risk report.
The lead audit partner attends all committee meetings and provides the committee with a report on the interim procedures and findings as well as an account of the audit and non-audit fees incurred during the quarter. The committee quarterly meets with the internal and statutory auditors without members of the executive management present and holds regular sessions among themselves.
As part of the committee’s compliance review, the committee is provided with a quarterly report by the company’s Chief Compliance Officer and a report of submissions under the Report Misconduct channel. With regard to the effectiveness of the company’s risk management, the committee annually reviews the company’s risk management process and is informed of the top 20 risks as well as group-level strategic risks identified in this process including macroeconomic, political, environmental, compliance and business-specific risks.
In 2016, the committee also reviewed and acknowledged the company's adoption of ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) guidelines on alternative performance measures and considered implications resulting from the Market Abuse Regulation for the directors and senior executives and for corporate procedures and policies. In addition, the committee reviewed and approved amendments to its charter due to the changes in the regulatory framework.
The Audit Committee is also responsible for preparing a proposal for the election and remuneration of the auditor. In this respect, the committee evaluates together with the corporate management the qualifications and independence of the statutory auditor annually. This evaluation includes the assessment of the effectiveness of the audit process, quality of audit, performance of the lead auditor and the audit team, and co-operation with the auditor’s international audit network. The committee also arranges tendering processes for audit services at regular intervals to ensure the independence and cost efficiency of the statutory audit. The latest tendering process was carried out in 2013 and the previous one in 2007.
The Audit Committee's duties and responsibilities are defined in the committee charter and a summary of these is available on page 6 of the company's Corporate Governance Statement 2016.