The Company has implemented a structured process for assessing risks that could affect financial reporting. This is an annually recurring process and is evaluated by the Audit Committee and the Board.
Through this risk assessment it has been ascertained that the Group’s structure, consisting of a large number of standalone companies of varying size that are independent from each other in various sectors and geographic markets, entails a considerable diversification of risk. The risk assessment also covered the Group’s income statement and balance sheet items to identify areas in which the aggregate risk for error and the effects of these would be greatest. The areas identified consisted primarily of revenue recognition, acquisition reporting, trade receivables and inventories.
In addition, continuous risk assessment is conducted in connection with strategic planning, budgeting, forecasts and acquisition activities, aimed at – among other things – identifying events in the market or operations that could give rise to changes in e.g., revenue streams and valuations of assets or liabilities.