Control activities are designed to prevent, identify and correct errors and deviations in the financial reporting.
Husqvarna Group has defined internal control standards, i.e. specifications of the control activities that must be included in each business process in order to ensure and maintain a uniform level of internal control over financial reporting within the Group. Control activities are integrated in processes for accounting and financial reporting, and include routines for authorization and signing for the company, reconciliation of bank balances and accounts, analysis of results, segregation of duties, automatic controls integrated in IT-systems, and control of the basic IT environment.
Each operative unit has a controller whose responsibilities include ensuring that the unit’s internal controls comply with Group standards, as well as compliance with Group guidelines and principles as stated in Husqvarna’s Accounting Manual. The controller is also responsible for ensuring that financial information is correct and complete and is delivered on time. In addition, controllers at business unit and Group level have corresponding responsibilities.
A Country Officer is appointed by Husqvarna Group in each country where the Group operates subsidiaries. The Officer’s duties include safeguarding the interests of the Group’s owners as well as identifying and reporting risks in such areas as fiscal regulations and other legislation.
Group Management meetings
The monthly meetings of Group Management include a review of the monthly results for the Group and for operative units, as well as updated forecasts, plans and strategic issues .
Routines related to acquisitions
Husqvarna has established guidelines and routines designed to ensure that acquisitions of operations are accurately analyzed in terms of financial, operational and environmental consequences. Acquisitions are evaluated at 12- and 24-month intervals following the transaction. Evaluations are reported to the Audit Committee and the Board.
Information and communication
Husqvarna Group maintains information and communication systems to facilitate correct and complete financial reporting. The accounting manual and other instructions for reporting are updated when necessary and are reviewed quarterly. In addition, other policies relevant to internal control over financial reporting, such as investment routines and credit policy, can be accessed on the Group’s intranet by all relevant personnel. Changes in accounting routines are communicated and explained in quarterly newsletters from the Group accounting function.