Husqvarna Group maintains a comprehensive financial reporting system for monitoring operations, which enables the identification of possible deviations from the IFRS financial reporting defined in the Husqvarna accounting manual, which includes rules for accounting and evaluation principles that are mandatory for all companies within the Group, as well as instructions for reporting. The manual is reviewed and updated regularly.
Financial data is reported every month together with a forecast for the coming period. Consolidation, reporting and controlling are performed from both legal and operational perspectives, which ensure a detailed analysis and focus of the items where potential misstatements can have a material effect on the financial reporting of the Group. Deviations from both forecasted and historical levels and trends are investigated and assessed for potential internal control activities. All consolidation is centralized and the financial reports are stored in a central database from which data is retrieved for analysis and monitoring on Group, division and entity levels. Considerations made in the quarterly closings as well as potential deviations are discussed with the Audit Committee before the financial reports are presented to the financial market. Areas defined as potential risks for material misstatements in the risk assessment process, are presented regularly by management to the Audit Committee. The same areas are focused both by the external and internal auditors in their audit work, which is presented to the Audit Committee.
The Group Internal Audit function supports the development and improvement of internal control over financial reporting. Group Internal Audit is established by the Audit Committee as part of their monitoring role. An annual internal audit plan based on an independent risk assessment process is approved by the Audit Committee. Based on this audit plan, Internal Audit performs independent and objective audits to evaluate and enhance the efficiency of internal controls, including internal control over financial reporting. The results of these audits are presented to the CFO, the President and CEO, and the Audit Committee. Besides correcting the detected internal control weaknesses in the audited entity, the findings are used to improve the processes in other parts of the Group.
The level of materiality and the scope for the external audit is also defined to support the internal control activities. Both the findings of the internal and the external audits are reported to the Audit Committee together with the progress to eliminate the internal control weaknesses.