Risk management is considered an integral part of running the business of Suominen, and the identification and assessment of risks is an essential element of internal control. The aim is to focus on material risks that are significant from a business perspective. Risks are categorized into strategic, operational, financial and hazard risks.
Operational risks are considered to potentially have a material value in transactions with external parties. However, the Company’s policies, instructions, process check-ups, allocation of tasks and standards set up by total quality operating systems help to establish a prudent environment in which exposure to material risks can be mitigated.
Risks relating to financial reporting are evaluated and monitored by the Board, aiming to ensure that the financial reporting of the Company is reliable, supports decision-making and serves the needs of external stakeholders. The valuation of assets, liabilities and contingent liabilities based on various evaluation assumptions and criteria may constitute a risk.
Future estimates and assumptions on the reporting date involving a significant risk of causing material changes in the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities are continuously evaluated. Complex and evolving factors having an impact on business circumstances may add uncertainty to the assessment of the carrying amounts of assets. To avoid errors in stating the fair values of assets or liabilities, regular check-ups are made, e.g., by comparing material flows, values, and quantitative and qualitative data with the information in accounting. The risk of errors due to irregularities and discontinuities in information is reduced by using established and automated system-based audit trails.