Internal auditing examines and evaluates the business processes, organisational structure, risk management and internal control system (ICS) to ensure they are carried out correctly, are effective and offer value for money. The results of every audit are recorded in an audit report and the implementation of the agreed activities is monitored systematically and regularly. As well as audits carried out on the basis of annual risk-oriented audit planning, the internal audit department also carries out ad hoc checks. The internal audit department also offers advice, such as on drawing up internal guidelines, optimising business processes or improving the Group’s internal control system.
It answers directly to the Chief Executive Officer and reports regularly to the Executive Board and to the Supervisory Board’s Audit and Finance Committee. This reporting comprises the status of internal audits, the key findings of the audits and the implementation status of the agreed activities.