Cargotec’s governance and management are based on the Finnish Limited Liability Companies Act and Securities Markets Act, as well as the company’s Articles of Association and Code of Conduct. Cargotec class B share is listed at Nasdaq Helsinki and the company complies with the rules and guidelines of Helsinki Exchange and the Finnish Financial Supervision Authority. In 2019, Cargotec complied with all the recommendations of the Finnish Corporate Governance Code 2015, published by the Securities Markets Association and as of 1 Jan 2020, Cargotec complies with the Corporate Governance Code 2020 (www.cgfinland.fi).
The objective of Cargotec’s internal control is to ensure that its operations are efficient and profitable, that risk management is adequate and appropriate, and that financial and other information produced is reliable. Cargotec’s internal control is based on the company’s Code of Conduct and internal controls. With respect to the financial reporting process, these are supported by Cargotec’s policies and guidelines, as well as its internal financial reporting process and communication. Cargotec’s internal control policy, which is approved by the Board of Directors, specifies the applicable control principles, procedures and responsibilities. The company SpeakUp Line gives an opportunity to confidentially and anonymously raise concerns of possible misconduct or other matters that may not be in line with company values and policies.
Similarly to other Cargotec operations, responsibility for internal control is divided into three tiers. The line management is principally responsible for internal control. This is backed by corporate support functions, which define instructions applicable across the company and supervise risk management. Internal and external audits form the third tier, their task being to ensure that the first two tiers function effectively.
The role of Cargotec Internal Audit is an independent and objective assurance and consulting activity that is guided by a philosophy of adding value and improving the operations of Cargotec and its businesses. It helps and supports the business organisation accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes. To ensure the independence of the Internal Audit function, Head of Internal Audit reports functionally to the Audit and Risk Management Committee, and administratively to the CFO. Internal Audit develops a flexible risk based audit plan which is approved by the Audit and Risk Management Committee.
At Cargotec, risk management forms part of the internal control operations. Approved by the Board of Directors and based on Cargotec’s values, the risk management policy specifies the objectives and principles of the risk management as well as the responsibilities involved. A core principle is continuous, systematic and preventive action taken to identify risks, define the company’s risk appetite, assess and handle risks and, if they materialise, deal with them effectively. The CEO and the Leadershp Team are responsible for the methods, implementation and supervision of risk management, and report on these to the Board of Directors. Cargotec’s risk management is spread across units and corporate support functions that assign responsibility for risk management and that are in charge of identifying, managing and reporting risks. Financial risks are managed centrally by the Corporate Treasury, and reported on for corporate management and the Board of Directors on a regular basis.