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Risk management

The risk management is a continuous process as well. Identifying, controlling, and managing risks are key tools of solid corporate governance. The Fresenius risk management system is closely linked to the corporate strategy.

Responsibilities for the processes and monitoring risks in the business segments have been assigned as follows:

  • Using standardized processes, risk situations are evaluated regularly and compared with specified requirements. If negative developments emerge, responses can be initiated at an early stage.
  • The managers responsible are required to report without delay any relevant changes in the risk profile to the Management Board.
  • Markets are kept under constant observation and close contacts maintained with customers, suppliers, and institutions. These policies allow us to swiftly identify and react to changes in our business environment.

The risk management system is supported both at Group level and in the business segments by our risk controlling measures and our management information system. Detailed monthly and quarterly reports are used to identify and analyze deviations of the actual compared to the planned business development. In addition, the risk management system comprises a control system that oversees organizational processes and measures, as well as internal controls and audits, with which we can identify significant risks at an early stage and counteract them individually.

The functionality and effectiveness of our risk management system is reviewed regularly by the Management Board and the internal auditing department. Conclusions arising from the audits are taken into account in the ongoing refinement of the system, to allow prompt reaction to changes in our environment. This system has thus far proved effective. The control system is also regularly reviewed by the Management Board and the internal auditing department. The auditor reviews whether the control system set up by the Management Board is suitable for the early identification of risks that would put the continued existence of the Company in danger. The insights gained from the audit regarding the internal financial reporting controls are taken into account in the continued development of the system.

Fresenius has ensured that the scope and focus of the organizational structure and systems for identifying, assessing, and controlling risks, and for developing countermeasures and for the avoidance of risks, are aligned suitably with the Company-specific requirements and that they are properly functional. However, there can be no absolute certainty that this will enable all risks to be fully identified and controlled.