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Corporate governance statement

This is Itella’s Corporate Governance Statement referred to in Recommendation 54 of the Finnish Corporate Governance Code issued by the Securities Market Association on June 15, 2010. It was reviewed by the Audit Committee of the Corporation’s Board of Directors on February 11, 2014. The Corporate Governance Statement is published as a separate, unaudited report released in connection with the Financial Statements.

The remuneration statement and other information related to the Corporate Governance Code are available at www.itella.com/corporategovernance.

The management’s résumés are available at www.itella.com/management.

Compliance with the corporate governance code

 

The duties and responsibilities of Itella’s executive bodies are determined according to Finnish law. Itella’s decision-making and administration comply with the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act (624/2006), Itella Corporation’s Articles of Association, and the Finnish Corporate Governance Code for listed companies issued by the Securities Market Association www.cgfinland.fi.

Departures from the Corporate Governance Code recommendations:

  • The notice of the General Meeting and the appendices thereto are not published on the company website because a state-owned company has only one shareholder. (recommendation 1).
  • Itella has neither a public register of insiders nor any persons subject to the disclosure obligation because the company’s shares are not publicly listed. (recommendation 51).
 

Supervisory Board

 

The Supervisory Board’s duties include the following:

  • Ensuring that the company is managed according to sound business practices and on a profitable basis.
  • Providing guidance to the Board of Directors on issues with broad implications or those deemed important in principle.
  • Providing the Annual General Meeting (AGM) with an opinion on the company’s financial statements and the auditors’ report.
  • Monitoring the functionality of postal services and the consideration of proposals for changes in the services.

The Supervisory Board has adopted written rules and procedures which lay out the Board’s key responsibilities and working principles.

Itella Corporation’s AGM elects the members of the Supervisory Board and appoints the Board’s Chairman and Vice Chairman. The Supervisory Board has six to twelve members. Persons aged 68 and above are not eligible for membership of the Board. The term of office for the members is one year and it ends at the close of the AGM that follows their election.

Itella’s Supervisory Board 2013
Member Born Education Occupation Attendance at meetings
Mauri Pekkarinen (Chairman) 1947 M.Soc.Sc. M.Soc.Sc. 4/4
Ritva Elomaa 1955 Radiographer Radiographer 4/3
Lars-Erik Gästgivars 1946 Steward’s degree Steward’s degree 4/4
Raimo Piirainen 1952 Engine driver’s training Engine driver’s training 4/4
Tuomo Puumala 1982 M.Soc.Sc. M.Soc.Sc. 4/2
Teuvo V. Riikonen 1960 MA (Theology) MA (Theology) 4/4
Kimmo Sasi 1952 D.Soc.Sc. D.Soc.Sc. 4/4
Susanna Huovinen*) 1972 M.Soc.Sc. M.Soc.Sc. 4/1
Maria Guzenina-Richardson**) 1969 Journalist Journalist 4/2
Johanna Karimäki (Vice Chairman) 1973 M.Sc. (Tech.) M.Sc. (Tech.) 4/3
Sari Moisanen 1980 BEng BEng 4/4
Outi Mäkelä 1974 M.Sc.(Econ.) M.Sc.(Econ.) 4/3
Reijo Ojennus 1947 Trade Technician Trade Technician 4/4





*) until May 24, 2013

**) as of May 30, 2013

 

Board of Directors

 

The duties of Itella Corporation’s Board of Directors are specified in the Limited Liability Companies Act, the Articles of Association, and the Decision-Making Guidelines approved by the Board of Directors. In accordance with these documents, the Board is responsible for controlling and supervising executive management, appointing and, if necessary, dismissing the President and CEO, approving the company’s strategic goals and risk management principles, and ensuring the functioning of the company’s management system. The Board has adopted written rules and procedures which lay out the Board’s key responsibilities and working principles.

Itella Corporation’s AGM elects the members of Itella Corporation’s Board of Directors and appoints the Board’s Chairman and Vice Chairman. The qualification of members of the Board of Directors is evaluated in the Ownership steering. The Board of Directors has between five and nine members. Persons aged 68 and above are not eligible for membership of the Board. The members are elected for a one-year term at a time and their terms of office end at the close of the AGM following their election.

The Board of Directors evaluates its performance and working methods on an annual basis. It also assesses the performance and working methods of the President and CEO.

Itella’s Board of Directors 2013
Member Born Education Occupation
Arto Hiltunen (Chairman) 1958 M.Sc.(Econ.) -
Ilpo Nuutinen 1964 M.Sc.Econ. (Licentiate of Laws) Senior Government Counsellor
Hele-Hannele Aminoff*) 1960 MBA CEO
Suvi-Anne Siimes**) 1963 (Licentiate of Social Sciences) CEO
Päivi Pesola 1956 M.Sc.(Econ.) CFO
Jussi Kuutsa 1964 M.Sc.(Econ.) Country Manager
Timo Löyttyniemi***) 1961 D.Sc. (Econ. & Bus.) CEO
Riitta Savonlahti 1964 M.Sc.(Econ.) Executive Vice President, HR
Maarit Toivanen-Koivisto 1954 M.Sc.(Econ.) CEO




*) until March 26, 2013

**) as of March 26, 2013

***) also a member of Itella Bank’s Board of Directors until June 2, 2013

 

Audit Committee

The Board of Directors elects a maximum of four of its members to the Audit Committee, the duties of which include:

  • preparation, control, review, and assessment of risk management policies, internal control systems and internal audit reports, organizing financial reporting and auditing;
  • examining financial statements with the auditors before submitting them for review by the Board of Directors;
  • submitting a proposal concerning the appointment of the auditor;
  • assessing the independence of the auditor and the additional services offered by the auditor.

The Committee prepares matters entrusted to it for the Board of Directors’ decision.

On March 26, 2013, the Board of Directors elected the following members to the Audit Committee: Päivi Pesola (Chairman), Jussi Kuutsa, Timo Löyttyniemi and Suvi-Anne Siimes.

Remuneration and Nomination Committee

The Board of Directors elects a maximum of four of its members to the Remuneration and Nomination Committee, the duties of which include:

  • preparation of decisions concerning the appointments and remuneration of executive management
  • preparation of the outlines for the remuneration, bonus, and incentive schemes and ensuring that they are fair and competitive.

The Committee prepares matters entrusted to it for the Board of Directors’ decision.

On March 26, 2013, the Board of Directors elected the following members to the Remuneration and Nomination Committee: Arto Hiltunen (Chairman), Ilpo Nuutinen, Riitta Savonlahti and Maarit Toivanen-Koivisto.

The Board of Directors’ attendance at meetings
Member Committee membership Board of Directors Committee
Arto Hiltunen (Chairman) Remuneration and Nomination Committee (Chairman) 15/14 7/7
Ilpo Nuutinen Remuneration and Nomination Committee 15/15 7/6
Hele-Hannele Aminoff *) Audit Committee 15/3 7/1
Suvi-Anne Siimes **) Audit Committee 15/10 7/4
Jussi Kuutsa Audit Committee 15/15 7/7
Timo Löyttyniemi Audit Committee 15/13 7/7
Päivi Pesola Audit Committee (Chairman) 15/14 7/7
Riitta Savonlahti Remuneration and Nomination Committee 15/13 7/6
Maarit Toivanen-Koivisto Remuneration and Nomination Committee 15/15 7/7




*) until March 26, 2013

**) as of March 26, 2012

 

President and CEO

 

The President and CEO is responsible for the Group’s operative management in accordance with the Limited Liability Companies Act and the instructions and directions issued by the Board of Directors.

The President and CEO is appointed and, if necessary, dismissed by the Board of Directors, which also determines the terms and conditions of the President and CEO’s employment relationship.

Heikki Malinen, M.Sc. (Econ.), MBA, has served as President and CEO of Itella Corporation since December 11, 2012.

 

Internal control and risk management systems associated with the financial reporting process

 

The internal control and risk management processes associated with financial reporting have been planned in such a way that they produce sufficient certainty of the reliability of financial reporting and ensure that the applicable laws and regulations have been complied with.

Itella’s Board of Directors has approved the corporate policies on which the control environment is based, as well as the policies concerning risk management and corporate governance. The financial reporting process incorporates internal control principles pursuant to the COSO framework (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission 1992).

Control environment

Itella’s internal control system supports the implementation of the Group’s strategy and ensures compliance with regulations as well as the reliability of financial reporting. The Code of Conduct approved by Itella’s Board of Directors is based on Itella’s values and defines the principles for how business operations are conducted. The internal control framework consists of Group-level operating guidelines and processes, as well as the controls and processes for business operations and support functions. The control environment for financial reporting is described in the document “Itella Group Policy on Control over Financial Reporting”.

Management responsibilities are specified in the Group management system, which is described in the guidelines of the Itella Way Handbook. Itella Group follows responsible and ethical procedures that are described in Itella’s Corporate Responsibility Principles and Code of Conduct. The Group has a feedback channel for reporting actions that are in conflict with the ethical principles.

The Audit Committee appointed by the Board of Directors supervises the Group’s financial reporting process and monitors the effectiveness of the Group’s internal control, internal audit and risk management systems. The internal audit function monitors the effectiveness of the internal control system on financial reporting in accordance with the Audit Committee’s instructions.

The Group’s risk management function is responsible for the Group’s risk reporting and maintaining the risk management system. The Board of Directors approves the operating models concerning risk management and corporate governance.

Group Finance, led by the Chief Financial Officer, is responsible for the top-level control system for the financial reporting process. Control is based on Group-level processes, guidelines and recommendations. The principles and guidelines for financial reporting are collected on the Group intranet.

The Group’s business operations are divided into three business groups (four business groups as of January 1, 2014) and Group functions, which are also responsible for internal control.

Risk assessment

Operational risks related to the process of financial reporting are assessed as part of Itella’s risk management. The twice-yearly systematic process involves identifying and assessing risks associated with financial processes and reporting them to management. The implementation and monitoring of the necessary measures and improvements is integrated into operational management.

Control measures

The guidelines and Group-wide principles issued by the Group Finance unit hold a key position in ensuring the accuracy of financial reporting. Financial control and reporting instructions contain the common accounting and reporting principles and practices as well as the roles and responsibilities of the finance functions. Financial statements are subject to Group-wide accounting principles and Group reporting employs a common chart of accounts.

The control measures cover the entire financial reporting process. Responsibilities for the implementation and monitoring of measures have been assigned. The processes include control measures related to the initiation of business transactions as well as their approval, recording and accounting, including the information technology and system solutions associated with financial reporting. The Finance and Accounting Services unit under Itella’s OpusCapita business group manages the majority of the Group companies’ accounting and other statutory reporting.

Each business group has a financial organization responsible for ensuring that business performance is sufficiently analyzed, including the assessment of operating volume, income, expenses, working capital, assets and investments. These analyses are assessed at different levels in the Group, with the final assessment performed by the Board of Directors.

The Group’s profitability is reported in each meeting of the Board of Directors, and the Board reviews all interim and annual reports before they are published. Itella complies with the reporting standards specified for listed companies and publishes stock exchange releases on its interim reports and financial statements. Itella also reports to the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority on operations related to its universal service obligation.

Itella’s Supervisory Board discusses Itella Corporation’s Board of Directors’ report, financial statements and auditors’ report in its meeting and issues a statement on these to the Annual General Meeting.

Information and communications

The principles and guidelines for financial reporting, as well as the IFRS standards and calculation principles applied in the Group, are available on the intranet to all those participating in financial reporting. The Group also arranges regular training and joint information sessions on financial processes, principles and operating guidelines.

Monitoring

The Group’s Chief Financial Officer is responsible for developing procedures and tools to support the consistent execution and maintenance of internal control systems concerning financial reporting. Business groups regularly prepare financial and management reports for the units’ and the Group’s management. The reports analyze and discuss matters related to the business units’ profitability and risks.

The Group’s internal audit assesses and audits the implementation and effectiveness of internal control of financial processes in accordance with a risk-based annual plan approved by the Audit Committee. The results of the audits are discussed with the object of the audit, in the Executive Board and in the Board’s Audit Committee. Corrective actions, with responsible persons and schedules, are defined for any observations made in the audits. In 2013, the focus of internal audits was on the Group’s Russian operations.

The Group’s Finance unit monitors the correctness and accuracy of external and internal reporting and ensures that external reporting complies with regulations. The senior management and financial managers of Group companies further ensure that external reporting complies with the applicable regulations.

Representatives of the Group and its business groups meet monthly to assess financial reports and analyze any deviations. The Group’s result is monitored in monthly reporting, and the Executive Board examines reporting on results at the monthly level.