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The Board of Directors has a supervisory duty and the Executive Management the overall responsibility for Lundbeck’s risk management and internal controls in relation to the financial reporting process, including compliance with relevant legislation and additional disclosure requirements pertaining to financial reporting.
The purpose of the risk management process and the internal controls is effectively to identify, manage and mitigate the risk of errors in the financial reporting process and to provide reasonable assurance that material misstatement and errors in relation to the financial reporting process are avoided. Furthermore, the purpose is also to support a complex commercial business, focusing on quality, effectiveness and strong ethics in every day transactions and decisions.
The Board of Directors has set up an Audit Committee, which has an advisory role relative to the Board of Directors, including on matters such as internal controls in the financial reporting procedures, special financial and accounting issues, evaluation of financial reporting and other financial information and risk management. The Audit Committee gathers independent advice and insights from the external auditors, who are present at the meetings. External audit presents their audit strategies and findings to the Audit Committee.
As part of the risk management setup in Lundbeck, combined compliance reviews are conducted across departments and responsibilities. Corporate Compliance & CSR and Group Finance have increased its number of combined reviews on business ethics- and financial compliance since the first in 2014.
The Board of Directors approves the overall risk management policies presented by the Executive Management, including the treasury policy. These policies are incorporated in the internal control and risk management system, which comprises a clearly defined organizational structure, including roles and responsibilities. Based on this structure, Lundbeck has drawn up manuals describing the principal business procedures, internal controls, requirements on segregation of functions and duties, reconciliations, approval and authorization as well as accounting policies. Compliance with the guidelines is verified in an ongoing process.
Lundbeck has set up a central controlling function to check the financial reporting from all group companies, including compliance with the accounting policies. Each business area has been allocated a business controlling function which reviews the validity of reported earnings and underlying activities of each business area.
The Executive Management regularly assesses the risks that Lundbeck is exposed to, including risks related to financial reporting. In case of actual or expected changes that could affect the risks that Lundbeck is exposed to, the Executive Management will review such changes and consider appropriate mitigating actions together with the Board of Directors. At least once a year, the Audit Committee assesses whether the internal controls related to the financial reporting process are effective in relation to the risks identified.
Once a year, and as needed, the Audit Committee reviews the accounting policies and any changes thereto as well as critical estimates and judgments related to financial reporting. As part of the review, the committee discusses changes in accounting policies and the impact of critical estimates and judgments with the Executive Management. The Audit Committee reports the findings of these assessments to the Board of Directors, which approves the financial reporting process and the findings of the assessment.
Control activities are based on the risk assessment. The objective of the control activities is to ensure compliance with strategies, policies, manuals, procedures etc. established by the Board of Directors and the Executive Management and each business area, respectively, and Lundbeck aims to prevent, detect and correct any misstatement, discrepancies and errors, etc.
Corporate governance report
Lundbeck's Board of Directors position on the corporate governance recommendations made by NASDAQ Copenhagen A/S