The Audit Committee
The role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in its task of supervising the financial reporting process, the internal control of financial reporting, the auditing process, and Company procedures aimed at ensuring compliance with the law, regulations and code of best practice.
The Audit Committee also reviews the performance, efficiency and fees of the external auditors, and ensures that they maintain their independence. Lastly, it examines the effectiveness of the financial and risk management departments’ cooperation with the external auditors.
The Committee has the power and authority to carry out or approve investigations into all areas relating to its sphere of competence. A senior financial officer as well as the Heads of Risk Management, Compliance, and Internal Audit attend Committee meetings as necessary. The auditors are invited to attend all meetings at which the Committee reviews the half-year and annual accounts. They submit a report on the accounts at each of these meetings. Minutes of the Audit Committee meetings are forwarded to the Board of Directors. The Committee held four meetings in 2010, which lasted an average of three and a half hours.
The Remuneration Committee
The Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding remuneration schemes and policies and, more specifically, regarding the remuneration of members of the Executive Board, share option schemes and other incentive schemes. It held one meeting in 2010, which lasted an average of two hours.
William Wostyn: Secretary of the Committees