Information and control instruments

The Board of Directors is in charge of supervising the ASH Group’s internal control systems, which limit, but cannot rule out, the risk of inadequate business performance. These systems provide adequate, although no absolute, protection against substantial misstatements and pecuniary loss.

The Board of Directors is extensively informed of the business development on a monthly basis. The members of the Board of Directors are provided with a monthly report containing up-to-date information on the business development and the transactions of the ASH Group. At the board meetings, the Management Board presents and comments on the business development and tables important issues. Additionally, the Board of Directors adopts the budget for the following year. Once a year, it receives the results of the mediumterm plan for the next four years and discusses and resolves adaptations to the corporate strategy. The Board of Directors and the Audit Committee additionally determine factual issues that are taken up within the scope of the internal controlling processes and elaborated by analyses and assessments. The Audit Committee also determines major issues concerning the definition of the scope and the contents of the external audits. Once a year, the Board of Directors deals with the strategic issues of the ASH Group within the scope of a strategy meeting. The Chairman of the Board of Directors and the CEO regularly inform each other of and discuss all business transactions that are of fundamental significance or might have farreaching consequences.

The Board of Directors subjects the internal information and control systems to a periodic inspection regarding their effectiveness to identify, assess and cope with risks associated with the business activities.