External auditing

External auditors play an important role as controlling body elected by the General Meeting of Shareholders. Their term of office expires at the end of the first Annual General Meeting following their election. Notice of the Annual General Meeting shall reveal the Board’s proposal for the election of an external auditor.

The Company has a minimum of one and a maximum of two authorised public accountants (APA) or firms of authorised public accountants, chartered by the Central Chamber of Commerce of Finland. Their term of office expires at the end of the next Annual General Meeting following their election. If the AGM elects only one auditor, which is not a firm of authorised public accountants chartered by the Central Chamber of Commerce, it must elect one deputy auditor.

At the Annual General Meeting on 30 March 2017, the firm of authorised accountants KPMG Oy Ab was appointed as Cramo Plc’s auditor for the term ending at the end of the next Annual General Meeting, with APA Mr Toni Aaltonen as the auditor responsible.

TOTAL COMPENSATION FOR EXTERNAL AUDITING, EUR 1,000 2016 2015 Change, %
Audit fees 422 428 -1.5
Tax consultation 27 57 -52.3
Other services 74 56 32.7
TOTAL 523 541 -3.3

Corporate governance statements

Corporate governance

The corporate governance at Cramo is based on Finnish law and the Company’s Articles of Association. The Group complies with the rules of Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd and the Finnish Corporate Governance Code 2015 published by the Securities Market Association. The Corporate Governance Code is available on the Securities Market Association’s website:  http://cgfinland.fi/en/. Cramo does not deviate from the Finnish Corporate Governance Code Recommendations.

The Group’s headquarters are in Vantaa, Finland and the Company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

Cramo prepares annual financial statements and interim reports conforming to Finnish law and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Statements and reports are published in Finnish and English.

Overview of Corporate Governance Components at Cramo Group

The Group’s control and management responsibilities are divided among the General Meeting of Shareholders, the Board of Directors with its two committees, and the President and CEO, the Group management team, managing directors of subsidiaries, and the General Management Meeting. The Board of Directors supervises the performance of the Company, its management and organisation on behalf of shareholders. The Board of Directors and the Group management team are separate bodies, and no one serves as a member of both.