Guiding business ethics
The Vattenfall principles are Open, Active, Positive and Safety.
Vattenfall's internal Code of Conduct builds upon eight principles in the areas of Health and Safety, People, Customers and Suppliers, Business Ethics, Communication, Information Security, Company Resources, and the Environment. It includes references to the Vattenfall Management System (VMS), which elaborates on the principles in more detail. It also provides the employees with the opportunity to report incidents through a whistleblowing function staffed by locally appointed external ombudsmen.
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CEO and Executive Group Management
The President of Vattenfall AB, who is also CEO of the Vattenfall Group, is responsible for the day-to-day administration in accordance with the Swedish Companies Act.
The CEO has set up internal bodies for governance of the Group and makes decisions independently or with the support of these bodies. The most important of these are the Executive Group Management (EGM) and the Vattenfall Risk Committee (VRC).
The EGM focuses on the Group's overall direction and addresses – within the framework of the CEO's mandate from the Board of Directors – on matters of importance for the Group, such as certain investments.
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The VRC focuses on decisions pertaining to risk mandates and credit limits, among other things, and exercises oversight of the risk management framework.
Both of these bodies conduct preparatory drafting work on matters that are to be decided by the Board of Directors.
Internal Audit is an independent and objective function that evaluates, recommends and monitors improvements to the effectiveness of Vattenfall's risk management, internal controls and governance processes throughout the Group. This also applies to compliance with Vattenfall's governance documents, including the Code of Conduct.
The Internal Audit function is directly subordinate to the Board of Directors and Audit Committee, and performs its work in accordance with an established internal audit plan. The Head of Internal Audit reports administratively to the President and informs the management teams of the Business Units and other units about audit activities that have been performed.
The Vattenfall Management System (VMS)
The most important rules for governing Vattenfall are found in the VMS. The VMS sets the framework that ensures that Vattenfall's governance adheres to formal requirements as well as to requirements made by the Board, the CEO, the business operations and the Staff Functions. It covers the overall governance that is necessary in Vattenfall while local management systems cover other governance. The VMS is documented in binding governance documents. Certain central documents are approved by the Board of Directors of Vattenfall AB.
The VMS is an integrated management system that applies for the entire Vattenfall Group, along with the limitations that may arise from legal requirements, such as regarding the unbundling of the electricity distribution business. Special routines are in place to ensure adherence to the management system also by subsidiaries.
The Corporate Governance Report describes the most important elements of the VMS, including Vattenfall's governance of sustainability issues.
Vattenfall's organisational structure comprises six Business areas. The central Staff Functions support and direct the business activities.
The legal structure differs from the business structure. Governance is conducted financially, non-financially (such as through Staff Functions) and operationally. Unit scorecards and the VMS are the most important governance tools.
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Internal control over the financial reporting
The Corporate Governance Report describes the most important elements in Vattenfall's system of internal control and risk management in connection with the financial reporting.