External and internal audits
The company has two auditors: a firm of authorised public accountants and an auditor approved by the Central Chamber of Commerce. The auditors are responsible for examining the financial statements, the accounts and administration of the parent company and the Group, and for submitting a report on their audit to the Annual General Meeting.
Sponda Plc’s auditors from 1 January to 18 March 2013 were Raija-Leena Hankonen, APA and KPMG Oy Ab under the supervision of principal auditor Kai Salli, APA. The deputy auditor was Ari Eskelinen, APA. The Annual General Meeting of 18 March 2013 appointed new auditors: Esa Kailiala, APA and KPMG Oy Ab under the supervision of principal auditor Kai Salli, APA. The deputy auditor is Lasse Holopainen, APA. Esa Kailiala has served as Sponda Plc’s auditor from 2013, Kai Salli since 2008 and Lasse Holopainen in 2003–2004 and again from 2013.
The auditing fees paid to the auditors in 2013 amounted to EUR 176,008.67. A further EUR 12,151.37 was paid to the auditors for other consulting services. These fees, totalling EUR 188,160.04, include all the fees paid by Group companies.
Sponda’s operational efficiency, financial performance and risk management are audited internally. The internal audit is performed by an expert appointed from outside the company. The internal audit reports functionally to the audit committee and administratively to the President and CEO.